Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay Vicki. Few of us are able to follow through with our childhood career dreams. Lindsay is one of the few who is living the dream. Below you’ll find edited excerpts of our interview with Lindsay.
Lindsay, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I knew from childhood that I wanted to be a makeup artist. I started doing makeup in high school and college for local plays and productions. It wasn’t until I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology that I really started to pursue makeup. I attended Make up Designory in Burbank (MUD) and started freelancing before I graduated from the Multi Media Program. From then, I became a freelance artist for MUD as well as privately working on different exciting projects such as fashion shoots, weddings, music videos and web series. Immediately after graduation, I was hired on as the key makeup artist for a small budget Independent film that did quite well in the festivals. Still freelancing, I began to work for makeup companies such as Giorgio Armani and Trish McEvoy at Nordstrom in Santa Monica. I am currently a Market Trainer for Hourglass Cosmetics based in Venice Beach, CA and continuing my freelance business.
Has it been a smooth road?
I think that anything worth having is worth fighting for. Although I knew I wanted to do makeup, it was very important to my family that I earn my college degree. I believe that my background in Psychology has helped me immensely in my artistic career. Those four years at a university really formed the person that I have become and I am deeply grateful for those years and experiences.
What are your plans for the future?
As far as the future goes, I am open and willing to whatever happens. I would absolutely love to be a cosmetics trainer one day for a makeup brand. When I was freelancing at the Make up Designory, I found my love for teaching and training. I enjoy the feeling of empowering women with makeup, and making sure that they can realistically duplicate the look at home. Training other artists who share the same passion as me would be an extra added bonus. I am looking forward to making connections in my current Market Training position at Hourglass Cosmetics and one day moving up within the company. I adore the product and the technology behind it all. I am still transitioning into my new position, but I am excited for the challenge!
Let’s dig a little deeper into your story. What was the hardest time you’ve had?
I believe that every successful person will hit a rough patch here and there on their way to the top. Freelancing and putting yourself out there as an artist is extremely difficult. Everything that an artist produces is incredibly personal, so sometimes it can be tough to accept criticism. I see my makeup as art coming straight from my soul, but I have learned to develop a thicker skin and accept any relevant criticism that might push me to be a better artist. There have been several times in my career when the makeup that I have produced does not exactly meet the client’s expectation, for whatever reason. In that situation, I humble myself and try to connect with the client to come up with a common solution to make him or her feel comfortable and confident. My background in Psychology has really helped me with this process.
Do you ever just stop and think WOW – I’ve made it?
In my mind, I am constantly growing and changing as an artist. It is an incredible feeling knowing that your hard work is paying off and when you begin to see the fruits of your labor. I feel this way every time I connect deeply with a client. I find that my best makeup jobs happen when the client allows for a connection to be established and trust to be built. I am proud of how far I have come, but I am excited for the future and the growth that is yet to happen in my career.
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