Last year, we caught up with Samantha and asked her a few questions about the Makeup business. We’re so proud of how far Samantha has come since graduating from JCI that we want to remind all of our budding Makeup Artists of how she got started and her sage advice on success.
JCI: When did you graduate from the Makeup Artistry Program at JCI?
SR: I graduated in May of 2012
JCI: How did you know you wanted to become a makeup artist?
SR: This is weird, because I remember looking through my colouring books from when I was a child and I would only colour in the lips and eye shadow on every page. But I think I really knew in Grade Ten, when I started experimenting with different products and seeing what I could do with what little material I had at the time.
JCI: Since graduating, what are some of your fave makeup moments or gigs?
SR: Working alongside JCI’s Katie Sullivan on Wella hair shows is always a blast, and teaming up with NYX Cosmetics for promo pictures!
SR: Social media has helped IMMENSELY. It is insane. I think a lot of people don’t realize the ways in which it helps. I have met so many people and companies through social media. It really is just an awesome avenue to expose your work to people that otherwise may not have seen it.
JCI: You have done so much in such a short time. What are your makeup plans for the next 5 years?
SR: Short term goals include expanding my audience and generating enough profit to work full time on my website. Long term goals, I would love to create my own makeup line and start teaching!
JCI: Any big goals or challenges you would like to accomplish in this industry?
SR: I would love to be able to travel more with my work. I think it would be awesome to work with artists in other countries.
JCI: Lil Kim poached your Pop Art Zombie look and posted it as the album art for her new single. Do you care to share that experience or comment on it?
SR: This issue has been both a blessing and a curse. I have learned a lot from this experience, especially how important it is to stand up for yourself (and I’m also feeling pretty well-versed on copyright laws these days). I hope other artists learn from this as well – PLEASE take the time to learn about your rights. I have had an overwhelming amount of support with this situation, which I am eternally grateful for. I will be happy when it is over with.
JCI: Do you have any advice for up-and-coming artists?
SR: Network, network, network! You never know who you will meet, or who will take an interest in your work. You will feel discouraged at times, but keep creating- it’s important to stay passionate about the work you do. Most importantly, remain humble! You ALWAYS have more to learn. Whether you have been in the industry for ten days, ten months, or ten years, there is someone out there with something to teach you that will make you a more well-rounded artist.
Thanks for sharing, Samantha! We can’t wait to see what’s next for you!