We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Messing and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking is something that I’m a fan of. If you don’t take risks then you miss out on fantastic opportunities. Directly after becoming a Certified Professional Makeup Artist, I started out doing trade for print to build my portfolio and skillset. After a year of doing so I realized that I had a solid portfolio and I was much more confident in my skill. The shift in my career came when I believed that I was worth more than working for free. It was the belief in myself and the fact that I told fear to go take a hike is when things shifted for the better. Turning down free work for my portfolio after a year was painful but it was necessary. My growth as an artist and my desire to move forward in my career was paramount. Shortly after I was getting paid gigs and I haven’t looked back since. I was approached by one of my best friends Denise Luse, who is a Professional Photographer, about starting a visual art magazine. As Managing Editor of Corbeaux Magazine I wanted to bring a fresh look at what artists had to offer. To remember where I was in the beginning of my journey and take into account that you have to start somewhere. That somewhere needed to be a quality magazine to help artists grow in ways they never imagined. Featuring artists from all around the globe, with different skillsets, and giving their art an opportunity to shine. The vision that Denise and I built together, the work behind the scenes, and the passion to give visual artists a platform to express their true self was worth the risk. I believe that risk taking is a necessary part of this career path when you go for what you really want, do the work, and have a clear goal in mind.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Art to me is a revolving door of ideas that usually comes from the part of my brain that stores the odd, weird, and uncommon ideas. My favorite type of art is when I think outside of the box. It’s a challenge that I fully accept. For example, I was working on a photo shoot with Perez Hilton and his family. For the last set of photos he sat in my chair and told me to do what ever I want with makeup. I love when I’m given creative freedom on the spot like that. FX makeup really calls to my creative side. I love it but the challenge is finding gigs that pay. I enjoy working on set for film, television, or print. I love that I’m given a particular look and it’s my job to make it happen. Being on set calls to my college theater nerd side as well. I feel at home, work the best in that environment, and enjoy being part of a creative team on a production. I am most proud of the standard that I have set for my professional attitude. No matter the status of the person in my makeup chair, my number one goal is to get to know that individual. Celebrities in my eyes are humans just like us. When they are in my chair I treat them like I’m getting to know someone new. I respect their professional career but what is it about that individual that I can connect with to make them comfortable. Was getting to where I am professionally easy? No, and everyone who tells you it is was in the right place at the right time with the right people. However, I am a true believer of making it easy on yourself. As artists we tend to be the first to kick ourselves and dwell on what could have been. Personally I tell myself, that wasn’t for me, next opportunity please. Pay attention to what’s in front of you, be respectful of the people that can get your there, and keep moving forward.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m located in Southern California so there is usually a lot to do. One of my families favorite things to do is to unplug and take a day trip to Julian Ca. It’s a quaint little town that’s off of the grid. Mom’s Pies in Julian is worth the trip alone! Big Bear is a great place to relax for the day and it’s super fun to check out the shops. Los Angeles has all kinds of clubs, restaurants, and shopping. One of my favorite places is a metaphysical store called The Green Man Shoppe in Los Angeles. It’s like walking into the apothecary shop on the show Grimm. Canter’s Deli and Philippe The Original are two of my favorite places to eat in Los Angles. My favorite pizza place is Ave. 3 Pizza, Subs & Catering in Cerritos. What’s a visit to California without pizza really?
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My beautiful husband Aaron has always been by my side with constant support from the day I started my first makeup class. He is my rock and I love that we are in this together. My children Joe, Ella, and Corinne are a constant source of inspiration. My partner in creative projects, running Corbeaux Magazine together, one of my best friends, my sister Denise Luce. We met on a trade for print photo shoot and clicked right away. Now she and her husband Jon are family and I love it so. The amazing cheerleaders that have lifted me up and helped encourage me. My dad Dallas, mother-in-law Sheryl, step-mother-in-law Andrea, Aunt Jan and my sisters Sabrina and Simla. Lastly my teacher/mentor and all around amazing human FX Makeup Artist Greg Lightner. He taught me to just dive in and do the work to improve my skill. No matter how long it’s been since we have talked, I can count on Greg for guidance in the industry. Thank you to all you fantastic individuals for lifting me up with your positive energy and believing in me. I appreciate you!
Makeup by Lauren Messing on all photos Feature photo: Photography: Lauren Messing Modle: Simla Siniscalchi, Photography and edit: dlartphoto Modle: Perez Hilton, Photography: Jessy Dodd Modle: Shar Jackson, Photography: Jessy Dodd Modle: Katie Lynn, Photography and edit: dlartphoto Modle: Roland Ferrer, Photography and edit: dlartphoto Behind the scenes with Perez Hilton, Photography: Lauren’s iPhone Behind the scenes with Roland Ferrer, Photography and edit: dlartphoto