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Meet Michelle Rodgers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Rodgers.

Michelle, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
From an early age growing up in Northern California, I was fascinated by all the different makeup products and what you could do with them. With hundreds of different colors and shades, I loved the idea of creating different looks. I was hooked!

I used to spend hours exploring all the products in stores, and I was glued to any video about the behind the scenes creation of makeup and hairstyles. After attending beauty school and receiving my cosmetology license, I spent my time working in every venue I could find. I’ve spent time in retail where I’ve learned the importance of always being humble and professional. I’ve spent time working on weddings where you have to be extra sensitive to the emotional nature of the event. I’ve spent time on set in fashion shoots where you have to make sure to create looks that fit perfectly with the performance that will be given.

What excites me the most about doing hair and makeup is when you’ve done a great job and you can see how the person is so excited about their look. I can still remember the first time a model jumped out of her chair on set because she was so excited about her look that she wanted to dance with joy. Those are the moments I live for.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The greatest challenges I face are how every look is unique for each shoot. While it’s exciting to create new looks, it’s more important on set to make sure everyone’s creative voice is being heard. For example, it’s important to understand what hair and makeup should look like in not just the model’s eyes, but also the photographer’s, wardrobe stylist’s, and public relations agent’s, etc. That’s a lot of people with strong opinions 😊! However, when everyone is contributing and the hair and makeup look just right, it’s amazing what the final product becomes. It’s worth the challenge.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My husband and I just recently relocated from Texas to Los Angeles, since LA is such a hotspot for fashion and events. There are so many opportunities to work with amazing people in LA. I love it! One day I’m in a studio in Venice Beach, and the next day I’m in a loft in DTLA.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Regardless of the location or the type of shoot, one of the things I’m most proud of about my work is how I interact with actors and models. Every hair and makeup artist has an artistic vision; however, what’s most important is sitting down with the actor/model to understand what is their vision. I want to carve out time in the schedule to make sure I understand what looks they like and what looks make them comfortable. Once I know what they like, then I can add my ideas, so they leave the makeup chair feeling their best. That’s when the magic happens! I’ve learned that when they feel their best and look their best, they perform their best and everyone is happiest.

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