You have read my recap of my time at the Makeup Show here and on my other site. I mentioned that one of my highlights was talking to some industry greats. The last post was about my talk with Orlando Santiago. Today I want to share the insights that I picked up from the amazing, James Vincent.
I asked James a lot of the same questions that I had asked Orlando and Ve Neill (interview coming soon). If you ever have the chance to see James speak or have the opportunity to sit down with him one on one, you need to soak up every ounce of what he shares. He is a wealth of knowledge and has great experience that he is incredibly generous.
Just as the weekend was coming to a close, I asked him for a few moments of his time. Now keep in mind, he had been totally ON since opening night starting with the blogger preview. He is one of the first in and the last out each day, giving his 100%. I am sure that he was ready to just have a seat and get some dinner and a drink. But he sat down and talked to me and it was amazing.
First I asked him what he liked most about the industry, what his favorite aspect of the industry was. It was no surprise when he told me that he loved the education, artistry and design. He also loves the community aspect. James is a real team player and really involved in the community, so it makes sense that was high on his list.
Then I asked him to tell me about a project in his career that he was most proud of. He told me about Evolution, a 5 day retreat designed to dig deep and really focus on personal and professional development for the artist. Can I just tell you that this is my idea of a dream week? I would love nothing more than 5 days of just eating, sleeping, breathing and living business development with other passionate artists doing the same. Ah, heaven. Yes, this is now on my bucket list.
As I mentioned before, James is very involved in the community of pro makeup artists. So when I asked him to name another artist that he found inspiring, I knew that was going to be a toughie. I mean, the man knows EVERYONE!!!! I took him a second to think. He said that is the best thing about working with events like The Makeup Show, that he gets to connect with people from all levels. After a minute or two, he answered BILLY B! I haven’t had the pleasure myself, but James said he is really fun to work with.
To stay excited about the creative process and continue to push, grow and evolve, James says that he makes it a priority to surround himself with positive, creative people. This is clearly working for him because he is always so positive himself. One of my favorite questions to ask successful artists, is what would they be doing if they were not artists. James answered very quickly that he would be a social worker. I find that this question/answer tells so much about people.
In the last moments of our conversation, I asked James the number one piece of advice he gives to an artist at any point in their career. I loved that he said that artists should always stay focused on education and kindness. That we should always network, build and support our community. He said the industry won’t give you anything if you don’t give back. James has given so much to this industry, perhaps that is the secret to his success.
Follow James on Instagram or Twitter for inspirational updates related to being a great makeup artist and good person in general. Thanks, James! You rock. Until we meet again…maybe I can make it to Dallas for The Makeup Show in September. I can still be your guest, right?
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