James Vincent at The Makeup Show in Los Angeles 2014

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. 

Thanks for the pic with my entry into the face chart contest photo bombing us. Thanks for humoring me James!

Thanks for the pic with my entry into the face chart contest photo bombing us. Thanks for humoring me James!

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.

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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.

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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?

Also follow James’s articles on Beautylish on Building Your Kit. Each article focuses on products and tools for specific needs like men’s grooming, red carpet looks or HD camera ready needs. Check that out here. 

The Makeup Show Los Angeles 2014

There is so much I want to tell you about my experience at the Los Angeles Makeup Show this past March. I don’t even know where to start! (which is why it took me so long to write this!)…..I posted my recap of top moments on my other blog that you can find here.

One (of the many) thing that really rocked my socks was being able to sit down and chat with some industry greats. I got a chance to talk with James Vincent, Orlando Santiago and Ve Neill. Here is a little snippet of what we talked about.

Let’s start with Orlando, an education focused beauty artist. I really enjoyed talking with Orlando. We share a passion for beauty makeup and on going education.  One of the first questions that I asked Orlando was who is ideal client is. He told me that his ideal client is the every day woman, which was nice to hear. It is a common misconception that an artist with a resume like Orlando would only be interested in  high fashion or celebrity clients. It is nice to hear an artist like Orlando talk about real beauty on real women.

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In addition to being a working artist and educator, Orlando recently launched his own academy in Orlando, Florida. When I asked him what project he has worked on that he is most proud of, he said the school for sure. The answer was the same when I asked him to tell me about the biggest risk he had taken in his career. It is no surprise that the academy felt like a big risk but is also his total pride and joy. Thinking big and taking risks, leads to big rewards and that is what keeps a driven artist like Orlando moving onward and upward.

The academy offers both day and evening classes to accommodate people’s needs. Two week intensive programs are also available. Even though I have been a working artist for going on 12 years now, I would LOVE to have the opportunity to experience a 2 week intensive at the Academy! That would be a total dream come true! And don’t worry, I would report back on all the juicy details because you know I love to share!

I asked Orlando to share his biggest advice for an artist at any point in their career. It was no surprise that his answer went right back to his passion….education! This guy has great experience and knowledge of the beauty industry to share. If you have the opportunity to learn from him, soak it up!

One of my favorite questions to ask any person who has excelled in their career, is what would they be doing if they were doing something totally different. This is always a fun question for creative people. Orlando says that he would still be something creative, probably a sculptor or clothing designer. Given an extra minute to think about it, he says “or a UFC fighter!”, which is just an awesome answer!  I could totally see it, Orlando is super fit!

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Follow Orlando on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. For more information on the Academy, email them here.

If you get the opportunity to attend The Makeup Show in any city, make sure to sign up for a class with Orlando.