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Meet Trailblazer India Harris

Today we’d like to introduce you to India Harris.

Thanks for sharing your story with us India. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I moved here to Los Angeles about two years ago. I began to go to school at FIDM majoring in Beauty Industry Marketing and Merchandising and was excited to begin my career in that industry. I made a lot of connections through school and by hanging out around LA and networking with people to promote myself as a freelance makeup artist. After that, I ended up doing makeup for photoshoots and I’ve have done it for music videos too. One thing I’m most proud about is a feature I did for socialLebs with Genesis Kubilis for Pride Month this past year. Recently, I have begun to get into modeling and that has been very fun for me and boosted a lot of my confidence. I enjoy being both in front of the camera as much as I like to be a part of the behind the scenes aspect of it, doing other people’s makeup. I love to do makeup for photoshoots the most. I get a lot of good energy from that.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been too much of a smooth road for me. So far, I am still going down this road and I have so much to still try and accomplish for my career going forward. I will say that the main struggle as far as trying to be a freelance makeup artist is that client base that you have to build and trying to get people to give you a chance to show your work and be a part of something when you have little experience to show for it. The advice I have for young women is to be bold and take every chance that is handed to you because you never know what good outcomes could come from that. I know it has been said before but say yes to everything. When it comes to trying to model if that’s an avenue you want to take, I would say know your worth and get as many details as you can get from what they want from you because as a woman, especially a young woman, people will prey on you. I have had many people try and reach out to me to do modeling when it’s really just borderline porn. So, make sure that you are doing something that you feel comfortable with doing and don’t let anyone take advantage of you.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
So, I do makeup and model. I specialize in doing glam makeup mainly and my work is typically done for personal photo shoots. As far as modeling goes, I have modeled for fashion brands and makeup brands. I’m proud of the modeling I did with Tunnel Vision, an upcoming vintage clothing brand that I have really liked for a minute. I recently modeled for a foundation that Lorac Cosmetics came out with, that will be out soon. I think maybe my overall look and personal aesthetic sets me apart from others when it comes to both makeup and modeling.

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
For me, when it comes to networking the best thing to do is to go to events that are within the industry you want to branch out into and talk with people there and have good intentions on collaborating with them. Always get contact information, keep a good relationship with them, and stay friendly. You also could attend things that are similar to your industry. For example, I have gotten jobs for going to fashion or music events because photographers or managers are there and need more contacts that can do makeup for upcoming shoots or videos or for future events for the people they work for.

Contact Info:

  • Email: ic.harris24@yahoo.com
  • Instagram: sirrah_aidni
  • Twitter: sirrahaidni

Image Credit:
Samantha Ann Stephans
Jamie Amimoto

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