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Meet Trailblazer Gianna Geraci

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gianna Geraci.

Gianna, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I fell in love with makeup artistry when I was 12 years old. I remember there was school on Halloween that year, and my seventh-grade science teacher thought it would be fun to show us the famous “Thriller” music video by Michael Jackson. While the rest of the class was singing along with the song, I was fixated on the fact that there people who were able to transform Michael into a full werewolf. From that point on, I was constantly on YouTube looking up videos of makeup transformations and tutorials, I absolutely fell in love with it. I would come home from school and sit on my bed and play with makeup all night instead of doing my homework.

Once I graduated high school, I had no hesitation before jumping into makeup school. I attended Cinema Makeup School, and I took a Complete Track program with them that lasted for about seven months. I loved every minute of it. I got to learn Special Fx, Beauty, sculpting, even things like Photoshop and Z Brush, and many other makeup related skills. The school offered everything I could have ever imagined! Ironically, I came out of it going in a completely different direction than I ever thought I would, and that was in the direction of Beauty Makeup. For the longest time, I was convinced I would become a Special FX makeup artist, but going to school made me realize the passion I have for beauty makeup. And now, here I am, freelancing, networking, and constantly working everyday to expand my reach and build a clientele. Everyday that I get to work is a good day, I love what I do, and I pray I will be able to do it for the rest of my life.

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?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road, nothing ever is right? There will always be obstacles in the way of your dreams, for some reason that’s just the way it goes. Whether you face people who don’t support your dreams, or you can’t afford to take the steps that are necessary to move toward your goals, nothing’s ever a piece of cake in today’s world. I have definitely had my share of hurdles and to be honest with you, I still run into a few at times. Being a younger woman in my field has definitely thrown some punches at me. It’s hard to convey to people you know what you’re doing and you’re professional when they look at you and all they think is that you graduated from high school a mere two years ago. My advice to people who are facing struggles on their way to their dreams is to turn those hardships into motivation. Don’t let the negatives in a situation keep you from striving. Surround yourself with family and with friends who support and encourage you. Explore all your options and choose a path that fits your needs financially. Take care of yourself and make sure that what you’re doing has the end result of happiness.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about your business – what should we know?
I am a Freelance Makeup Artist. I specialize in beauty makeup for special events like graduations, proms, red carpet events, weddings, etc. The reason I love what I do is of course 50% because I love makeup, I love the artistry of it, and I love the way it is so powerful as a form of expression. Although that other 50% of my love for my career comes from that fact that I get to meet amazing women and men everyday and build such a beautiful relationship with them. I love sitting a client down in my makeup chair and making connections with them on the day of whatever big event they have. Being able to bring someone happiness and confidence is honestly thrilling. And that’s probably what I’m most proud of for my brand, the fact that when a client gets their makeup done with me, they also make a friend.

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
I would say to them, don’t give up. There will without a doubt be obstacles, but don’t give up, fight for your dreams because you are strong and capable. I would say to make sure you are doing what you want to do, by which I mean, don’t let others control your actions. Parents, teachers, friends, professors, while they all may have only the best intentions for you, can sometimes become an overbearing voice in your head telling you ‘how to do this’ or ‘how to handle that.’ While it’s always nice to have those second opinions, they can quickly make anyone feel as though what they’re doing just isn’t good enough. But I’m telling you now, it is! Follow YOUR dreams and never second guess them!

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Lilian Khosravi, Chloe Kingman, Isabella Luong, Rachel B., Belle

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