Today we’d like to introduce you to Erik David.
Hi Erik, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started doing make up in 2008 after attending MUD make up designery in Burbank. After that, I worked on TV and film. Then in 2010, I attended the Napoleon Perdis make up school in Hollywood. After attending that school, I was asked to be a direct assistant at New York fashion week. Then I was hired on in the company and I managed two retail stores for a year. I gained massive amounts of knowledge of skin types, tones and textures. After that, I went freelance working with brands like Mac, Lancome, Inglot and many more. In 2013, I started as the beauty Director for Art Hearts Fashion. Where I was in charge of the hair and make up teams for creating iconic runway looks for over 150 designers during my time there. Our platform was the final runway show at Lincoln Center. After that, I dipped my brushes into the celebrity red carpet pool and I have been in that realm ever since. My work widely ranges from a multitude of skills and knowledge in the make up industry. Growing up on the Paramount Back Lot as a child and literally going to preschool there. I have always been in the industry. If it’s in front of the camera or behind the camera. I am in my element. On one of my major social media platforms Tiktok, I have taken that platform to help LGBTQIA youth and anyone become more confident in themselves. By helping them come out of the closet to their families in a safe manner. Or just becoming an all around more confident persons. I’m all about being yourself always in all ways. Nothing in this world is impossible because the word itself says I’m possible. My favorite quote from Audrey Hepburn who I share a birthday with. Pretty iconic right? Currently I have put down my make up brushes to new opportunities and will be exploring new adventures within the industry.
Alright, 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?
Make up artistry has not been a smooth road. A lot of people don’t understand the self-doubt that comes with being an artist. They also think this life is full of luxury and lavish things. Also, if I’m being completely honest, I’ve pretty much self doubted almost every single look I’ve ever done. Now I know that’s not healthy, but it’s my coping mechanism of making myself do better next time so I’m always doing better, I’m always learning and I’m always taking everything in. I’m not gonna sit here and lie that it’s been perfect life and some artists get a smooth road straight to success. That’s not the case for me. I don’t even see myself as a successful make up artist in industry. I’m doing my part and I know I got a lot to learn but, I also know that I’m a great artist. Sadly, with social media and that having a following really can make or break a opportunity for a artist. A lot of great artists get left in the dust and I’ve been in that dust storm of being left out as I started right at the hype of social media. I have so much to offer both Inside and out of the make up world. So I’m grateful to be able to explore more than make up.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I wear a lot of hats so writing one thing that I “do” it’s gonna be difficult. I am known for being a make up artist in Hollywood for over 13 years now. I love every aspect of the industry especially making others feel beautiful from the inside out. With that said, I am not only a make up artist; I am a writer, a poet, a friend and a healer. I think people get caught up that their career is what they identify as. Make up artistry is my career but it does not define who I am or what I do. I am most proud of my confidence in my decisions. I am most proud of being completely honest with myself and those around me so no one can guess where they stand with me. What sets me apart from others is that I am brutally honest. Nothing gets by me and I’m a realist. And I can guarantee many people reading us have not met someone like me. 2022 is all about exploring those other opportunities and going full force. I love make up artistry and everything I’ve learned and who I have met. I’m currently in the middle of 3-4 movie scripts I’m writing. I have about 50 songs I’ve written. I’m also a canvas artist. I sold 150 canvas art paintings I did to help raise funds for a friends cancer treatment. I’m not just a make up artist. Im a creative through and through.
Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My favorite childhood memory is walking around the Paramount lot and seeing the original Star Trek characters with their make up on. Seeing all the actors walk around. Going to the set of Angel to meet my favorite actors at the time. Going to set with my mom to the Arsenio Hall talk show. Getting to meet icons in the industry and just feeding off at energy from a very young age And I know that I will work there one day as a make up artist or n front of the camera And that will bring my journey full circle
@vibefocused is the photographer Featured photo is by me.