Today we’d like to introduce you to Monique Lucero.
Monique, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Makeup and Fx artistry have always been my passion. The creative aspect of being able to create any character that you can dream up is truly a beautiful thing. I started cosmetology in my early 20s and fell absolutely in love with theatre. There’s no cuts, no redos just incredible rawness. My first big film was The Bronx Bull. There I worked with an incredible team. We did hair, Makeup and special fx for periods 1930s up until the 1990s. Walking into to those sets with all the cast dressed for the part was like walking into a time machine. I’ve never felt more at home. To work in a place where imagination is key. Since then, I’ve worked on over 70 projects. From commercials, weddings, indie projects, charities, etc. This industry never ceases to amaze me. I wake up everyday and still can’t believe this is my career. I’m forever grateful this is my journey. But I promise you it takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears figuratively and literally, lol. It’s a lot of hard work and compassion. You have to be a team player and when chaos is at its peak (believe me you will have with moments) you must be able to come up with quick solutions. Art is beautiful and chaotic and so is the entertainment business.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Like any job struggles will happen, but if something burns deep in your heart, you must strive and persist for what’s worth fighting for. Sometimes you won’t be booked and sometimes the pay isn’t what it should be. Have patience and pay your dues. Stay positive and work hard. Path of life isn’t easy so why should chasing your dreams be.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I specialize in makeup, hair special fx, wig styling, prop making blood works and airbrushing. There have been so many projects I have been lucky to work on such as “Danger Danger” “The Bronx Bull”, both of Glen Danzigs movies “Verotika” and Death rider in the House of Vampires” I also got the pleasure to work. The pixies music video On Graveyard hill. As well as working with the band People Mover and doing the album cover of Phantogram and Big Bois collab album ‘Big Grams. I also work for this amazing company The AV Crew. They do great work with the Vets of America. It’s called Make the Connection. An amazing organization that reaches out to Vets with P.T.S.D. They share their stories of overcoming adversity and how others can reach out to multiple sources that are willing and able to help. You have to have love and kindness in your heart not everyone has a great life and some are going through personal struggles. We as artists have to keep that in mind and know that our moods affect our work and the people around us.
What matters most to you?
What matters most to me is family. They are the fire in my belly. Showing my kids to follow their dreams no matter what obstacles await them. Within the workforce what matters to me is professionalism, cleanliness, people’s skills and a good work ethic. There is so much more to makeup artistry than pretty faces. It’s years of mastering your practice. Continuous knowledge. Growing with our changing brands and trends, color theory, face anatom and sculpting, lighting the list goes on and on.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @beauty_brigade_
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/monique.paredes.10
Pictures shown are for multiple projects such as 7 till midnight lingerie, Lilly Singh Gane of thrones parody, Death Rider in the House of Vampires. ‘Burnout, Clown