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Meet Trailblazer Victoria Margiasso

Today we’d like to introduce you to Victoria Margiasso.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Victoria. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was first introduced to art by my mother and grandmother when I was growing up in New York. Both being very talented artists, I was able to find my love for art very early in life. Once I was of age to watch horror movies, that was it, Halloween was a changed holiday for me. It was no longer about the candy but about how to scare my friends and family with my costume.

Eventually, I discovered YouTube videos showing makeup transformations and special effects. I immediately fell in love and knew I had to try to make something of it. That is when I found Cinema Makeup School, and it was everything I could have dreamed of. I packed my bags and flew to Los Angeles, which ended up being the best decision of my life! I’ve met so many people through the school who have become my closest friends and supporters in life. I will always be grateful for the experience I had while attending and interning, as well as the opportunities that have come my way that would have never happened if I hadn’t gone to Cinema.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t been the easiest honestly. Moving across the country at 19 without my parents was probably the hardest thing I’ve had to do. I didn’t know a single person here before moving but since then, I’ve made the best friendships that will last a lifetime. School kept me busy for months and motivated me every day to practice even more. It can be hard being a younger girl in the industry as people might not think they can take you seriously at first. I guess my advice to anyone starting their journey would be just not to give up. No matter how hard it gets, and if you’re passionate about it, everything will fall into place. I’d also like to say don’t compare yourself to others, you’re doing this for yourself, not for the admiration of others. Getting into this industry is hard, but it being able to work, doing what you love to do is the most rewarding feeling and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a Freelance Makeup Artist. I love all types of makeup and like to keep my options open, but I would have to say special effects and lab work are my favorite. Something about sculpting a creature or wound and watching it become a finished work is amazing to me. I think I’m most proud of my work ethic and diversity when it comes to what work I do, which is what sets me apart from others. From helping clients feel beautiful on their wedding day to making monsters, I love everything equally and I’m so grateful I’m in a position where I don’t have to limit what I do.

Which women have inspired you in your life?
Like I said, my mother and grandmother inspired me to be creative from day one. I don’t think I would be where I am today without them showing me the way.

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Cinema Make up School

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