We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachelle Hali and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachelle, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think it would surprise some that there ARE different risks that we, as makeup and hair artists, take over the time of our career. My first big risk was quitting my day job to become a full time freelance makeup artist. I did not have my guaranteed job security, I did not always know when the next job would be, and I did not always know if it would work out. However, I KNEW I needed to take that risk so I would take my job as a makeup artist seriously and consider myself to be “all in”. Some of the next risks through out my career came in the form of working for no pay in order to “put in my time” and learn as much as I could, or trying different fashion or beauty looks and watch them either fail or thrive. All these risks led me to become a better artist, have more confidence, and step out of my comfort zone once in a while which is all so important to grow in your craft and become a better version of yourself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a freelance makeup and hair artist located in southern california. I would describe my makeup style as an artist with a soft hand who loves enhancing people’s natural features and beauty, and creating a look with you and not for you. I’ve been in the business now 10 years, and I’ve been able to work in weddings, beauty shoots, TV/film, and the commercial industry. As a freelancer, there is definitely the challenge of not always knowing when the next check will be, and then also in the opposite spectrum of working yourself down to the bone because the jobs are coming and you want to ride the wave until it fizzes out. Creating a balance of being available, yet also taking set days off to spend time with family has been so important for me to learn. It is truly an honor for me to help show the beauty in others through makeup and hair. I love seeing the confidence that people exude when they feel their best.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to shout out the incredible makeup artist industry in southern California. Throughout my journey as an artist I have interned and mentored under some incredible people, along with given, and received jobs from other artists. To have a community made up of mostly women who support and look out for one another, rather than tear them down, is SO incredibly important. I learned so much during my first couple years as a makeup artist interning, and being mentored by a couple amazing San Diego makeup artists, that it helped shape who I am and my career today. I hope to one day return that favor to other new makeup artists because the value of that was just so immeasurable.
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