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The Agony & the Ecstacy

November 9, 2017

The Agony and the Ecstacy of Downtime – A Response to Marie Claire’s February 2017 Claire Dane’s Cover Story

I’m all about a fast-paced life. I like to keep working, keep moving, stay on set, and keep traveling, but sometimes things slow down. This is a reflection on the Marie Claire article about Claire Danes, but also about finding another way to cope with professional stress powerfully…
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October 26, 2017

Interview with Allison Moss: The “Inside Scoop” from a Creative Director

Allison Moss is a successful marketing professional in the beauty industry who has hired countless creative professionals for different beauty campaigns. She is currently an Executive Marketing Consultant at The Marketing Arm, where she also acted as the Head of Global Marketing for Toppik Cosmetics.
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Fabulous Hats of a Photographer

October 12, 2017

Fabulous Hats of a Photographer

Taking photographs is the easiest part of a photographer’s job. Just like any beauty professional, the hard parts come with owning your own business and wearing more hats that you ever realized could fit on your head…
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September 28, 2017

“It’s as simple as: you do you”— an interview with nail artist Annie Lam

This week, we had a conversation with the extraordinary Toronto-based stylist Annie Lam: one of the industry’s leading experts in design, style, and beauty.
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September 14, 2017

They Call Her the DaVinci of Eyebrows

Emmy-nominated celebrity makeup artist Eugenia Weston founded SENNA Cosmetics in 1976—the first professional makeup artist line to introduce natural looking and wearable color cosmetics with prestige formulas. We were extremely excited to interview Eugenia; we spent forty minutes in a conversation spanning the use of makeup as a historical symbol of outward resistance, the importance of color theory, and what it means to be a true artist, especially within a creative industry often criticized for its narcissism.

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August 31, 2017

Makeup Artists: Do you influence other creative professionals?

It’s common knowledge that a photographer can shape a makeup artist’s career. But what we don’t talk about as often is how often makeup artists shape a photographer’s career. I personally have been lucky to have TWO makeup artists guide and aid my success in the industry…
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August 17, 2017

Meet the Experts: Interview with Makeup Artist Andre Sarmiento

Artist Interview: 15 Years in the Industry with Andre Sarmiento – At DNA, we know that we are each other’s best resource: talking to the experts is one of the best ways we can hone our craft and perfect our skills as creative professionals. Last week,  we had the opportunity to chat with professional makeup artist Andre Sarmiento, whose work has been featured in Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and Vogue

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August 3, 2017

How to Own up to Mistakes: Our 4-step Formula

Mistakes are the stepping stones to success. It takes a lot of drive and ambition to be an artist. Sometimes, though, an overdose of this combination can lead to hazardous mistakes. This was a lesson I learned when I burned a very important bridge with a huge record label about a decade ago…

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July 20, 2017

Nail Your Next Photo Shoot: Follow These 6 Foolproof Tips

In the creative industry, time is money, period—there are always things you can do to make sure you get the most out of each and every photo shoot. As a creative professional, your goal is to impress your client and create valuable results. The key is to prepare, prepare, and then prepare some more…

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July 6, 2017

What is your ultimate goal? (a.k.a. Kate Takes the Art Center)

I was recently invited to the Art Center in Pasadena for a Q&A session with the graduating photography class run by Jeff Sedlik, photographer, director, and leading expert in copyright and licensing. He’s shot some of the most beautiful jazz musician portraits I’ve ever seen. I love talking to students about the business, so I jumped at the opportunity….

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June 22, 2017

Tips from the Models for a Succesful Beauty Shoot

So often, we as photographers rely on our personal preference and intuition to decide how to handle a model. But what advice can we get from the models themselves? I called on two of my favorite women and asked them if they had tips for photographers on getting the best shot, Diana Georgie and Thais D’Lima.

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June 8, 2017

Yes or No? What do I have to gain?

The ultimate job is one that not only pays well but is also a great opportunity. One that can push your career forward and potentially open doors. But not every job will meet both of these goals. So, how do you decide if it’s worth it?

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May 28, 2017

3 Key Marketing Tips for Makeup Artists and other Beauty Professionals

For most small businesses, marketing is simple. There is a clear path that many have followed and you can find endless instructions on the internet. But for creative professionals, the path is a bit different…

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April 27, 2017

Kate sZatmari’s to Becoming a Photographer: Part 1

I have repeated this sentence as many times as I’ve been asked how I became a photographer. If you’re a creative professional, you know we get asked that question a lot.

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May 10, 2017

Kate sZatmari’s Journey to Becoming a Photographer: Part 2

I love to read biographies. I find it inspiring to learn about people’s dreams, their obstacles, their strategies to overcome them and especially when things turned out as they planned. I love nothing more than a great success story, especially from an underdog.

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April 12, 2017

Do You Know How a Beauty Photographer Selects a Makeup Artist for a Job?

This is the million dollar question everyone asks: “How do I get chosen for a job?” It always feels like you’re trying to crack the code or uncover the great secret to success, doesn’t it?

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March 18, 2017

The Best Defense is a Good Offense (Especially if you’re a Makeup Artist)

You’ve been hired, you know the basic information. The following questions are usually explained by the photographer but this is a “just in case” to fully get you prepared before the shoot date…

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March 3, 2017

Improve Your Portfolio RIGHT NOW With a Few Quick Changes!

Here’s what I’ve noticed (as a beauty photographer) is often missing from the portfolios of makeup artists who contact me for jobs…

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