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. 

Why Investing in Your Business is Crucial for Success

What is the most important thing that you should do if you want to be a successful, money making makeup artist? Invest time and money in developing both your business and yourself as an artist! I believe that the best way to do that is by furthering your education.

As a education/travel/beauty junkie, I am over the moon excited about my upcoming trip to LA for the Makeup Show in March. Its been 4 years since my last trip to LA and I can’t wait to soak up everything I can. Its going to be a world wind adventure but I have never been more ready.

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Last year I dropped into the Makeup Show in New York City and I have been dying to get back ever since! I was actually not planning to go the show the first time. I was headed up to NYC on the train from Richmond when I realized that the Makeup Show was that weekend. I was lucky enough to get to the show for a few hours one day and it was like stepping into a makeup artists dream! There was so much information to take in and products to buy.  Since it was a last minute opportunity, I wasn’t able to plan ahead and be able to experience everything there was to offer.

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This year is different, I do not want to miss a thing! I am flying to Los Angeles for the first of the 2014 shows and I have been studying the website and blog every day, working on my plan of attack. There are some products I want pick up, there are great brands there with tons of specials that make it great for restocking your kit. I’m particularly excited to hit up the Crown Brush table!

Some of the brands that will be on hand include: Diamond Sponsor MAKE UP FOR EVER, Platinum Sponsors: Crown Brush, Temptu PRO. Silver Sponsors: Obssessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Nars Cosmetics, and Supporting Sponsors: Pinnacle Cosmetics, Smashbox, and Ruby Makeup Academy.  For a complete list of participating brands, educational speakers, schedule of events and prices, please visit their website for more details

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The Makeup Show has so much to offer to both beginners and the seasoned pro. You can take advantage of  basic seminars, networking, and hands-on workshops and seminars.  With your ticket purchase, you can access the exhibitor floor where most brands are offering their Pro Artist discounts, the seminar space, the Keynote and Business Forums. For an additional fee you can take part in the Hands-On Workshop and really dig deep into specific topics you want to learn more about.  You should also check out the Focus Series, which is all about kit building. Now that I have been able to go thru the event schedule I have outlined everything that I want to see. What would be your must see speaker or seminar?

You are probably already following the Makeup Show on Instagram, and if you are not you should be! Every day they post something that gets me a little more excited to get there. Just last week they announced this year’s contest, RE-Making Faces, inspired by industry icon Kevyn Aucoin. I have already put my team together and we are planning our photo shoot now. Are you going to submit an image? Let me know so I can cheer you on at the show.

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Another good tidbit that I picked up from following the Makeup Show on Instagram is this link to Buzzfeed’s List of the 18 coolest makeup artists you should be following on Instagram. I would love to make this list one day, how about you?

If you are going to be attending the Makeup Show in Los Angeles, let me know so we can meet up and catch a speaker together. If you can’t go, I will be taking very detailed notes and coming back to share everything I possibly can with you. Please let me know (in the comments below) if there is a specific topic you would like me find out more and share with you. Hopefully I can even interview some of the artists, they are some of the best in the biz!

Remember that education is an ongoing process and there will never a time when you don’t still have so much to learn. What is the #1 thing you want to learn more about this year? Let me know in the comments! And learn more about the Makeup Show  and purchase your tickets here. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with my Makeup Show adventures this year.

Don't ever forget this!

Don’t ever forget this!