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Rising Stars: Meet Morgan Marinoff

Today we’d like to introduce you to Morgan Marinoff.

Hi Morgan, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I started an apprenticeship in High School to get my Barber’s license- during that time I was also introduced to the production side of the industry and worked on my first commercial while still in high school and went on to work on my first feature film right after graduating. It was then I began to realize that my passion for makeup surpassed what I felt for doing hair and began to focus on learning as much as I could. I worked my way up on bigger projects and in 2017 moved to Los Angeles. I’ve been so fortunate to have the experiences I have and to have met the talented artists that I get to work with. Today I primarily work on commercials and advertisements and feature films, working towards getting my days and join the 706!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Everyone faces obstacles in one way or another. I have experienced more setbacks than I can remember; getting passed over for jobs, moving to a new city and state and completely starting over, and trying to navigate a global pandemic. Every struggle just forces you to take a different path than you expected, it all works out in its own way.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a makeup artist and barber, I specialize in natural-looking, skin-focused makeup, and grooming. I primarily work in film, commercials, and print. My style and main focus as an artist is to really perfect the skin I’m working with: it all starts with the skin. I don’t necessarily believe in skin types, I believe everyone’s needs constantly change and it’s about being open and having the ability to listen to your intuition to meet the needs of the day. I’m really proud of the relationships I’ve had the pleasure of forming through my work- touching people’s faces is such an intimate thing, it’s really nice when you can make people comfortable and happy for a living.

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
I think the most important thing at the end of the day is to do the best you can, bring what you can to the table, try to make the day enjoyable. The work is almost secondary, because, obviously you were hired for a reason- that reason being: you can do the job- great! Mostly, we’re all healthy and fortunate to be working once we’re there, it’s really important to take care of each other when you’re at your ‘highs’ as well. I try not to lose the perspective that I’m extremely fortunate to have the ability to do something I love and call it “work”.

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Image Credits
Raul Romo, Raymond Liu, Annie Leibovitz, Marvin Jarrett, Yuri Hasegawa, & Royce Stewart

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