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Meet Camille Estrada

Today we’d like to introduce you to Camille Estrada.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
When I was a young girl growing up, my mom loved reading fashion magazines cover to cover. I couldn’t wait for her to be done with reading so I could have a look. This is where my love for beauty and fashion came from. Makeup kept presenting itself in my life; it came natural to me. Luckily, I found Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry in Ft. Lauderdale (which there aren’t very many schools in FL) Attending this school helped me learn the difference between bridal, clean beauty, fashion, airbrush, and gore. From basics to prosthetics, this was a great basis for the knowledge to go out there and create a freelancing career for myself. Through the years with continuing education; I attended the Academy of Glam in Copper City for gore/prosthetics along with a class lead by Scott Barnes. Shortly after, I decided to take it a step further and attain my Cosmetology license from Aveda Institute in Davie. Signing up for beauty school in my mid-thirties when I already had a makeup business and two teenagers in school was no easy task. I questioned what I was thinking often. As a working mom and full-time student, failure was not an option. There was no way I was going to be a beauty school drop out. Not only did I have to do it for myself; I had to see it through as the kids were watching. They saw me cram and struggle with the state boards. But at the end of it all, they saw Sissy/Mommy “Finish what you start” a phrase they hear me say all too often.

Please tell us about your art.
I really take pleasure in making people look and feel better about themselves. Whether it’s good skin, disguising under-eye circles, teaching someone how to create eyebrows or the fun client who’s never worn an eyelash but is willing to try it with me. I enjoy the instant gratification of pampering from the prep to the contour. Being able to custom blend foundations and customize each individual clients desired look. This is where the fun comes in; through versatility. Being a colorist has opened a new world of ideas when it comes to artistry. I absolutely love the before and after. There’s nothing like having a client in your chair that may not have made time for themselves or their self-care. To be able to provide a service where their friends, family, and co-workers are going to notice “hey you got your hair done” that means everything to me. That compliment or courage to apply for that job, celebrate that special occasion or just celebrate yourself and the hard work you put in. That means something to me. My hope is to make every person that sits in my chair feel refreshed and recharged to take on whatever’s next.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
As a new artist, I believe in collaborating with other artists such as photographers, stylist, and models to create images for your portfolio. These images will help you collect content to launch a website and post to social media. Its important people start recognizing you as an artist. Working on such projects will help with your craft and acknowledging areas of concern. Throughout your career, people are going to want to work with you for free and that’s fine if it’s something you’re passionate about and want to be a part of. But once you’ve established yourself as an artist in this industry it’s time to start charging. If you did everything for free, then you’d never get paid and it would be more of a hobby than a business. Traveling gets expensive. People need to take into consideration gas, parking and kit fees. The next time someone approaches you with an idea to collaborate for photos (TFP) or to be a part of fashion show don’t be afraid to ask about parking. If you’re just starting out this may be a great way for you to get experience and network. I’ve gotten paid jobs for taking on personal projects. But parking can be expensive and time is money. Don’t be afraid to gather all the information and get back with a response once you’ve taken all things into consideration (time of travel/distance/location) This is more so for a traveling artist but includes anyone looking to take on a gig. It’s important to really evaluate what people are asking of you and decide if it’s really worth your time. Ask prospective clients where did they get your information from and how are they considering form of payment. I’ve had clients want me to run their credit card to pay a limo driver and that’s not my responsibility. Be careful with these type of request as there may be consequences on your end.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can support my work by keeping me in mind for any of their special events along with following my social media for updates of present and past work. Any upcoming specials will be posted on these sites as well:

https://www.makeupcamille.com

https://www.instagram.com/hairandmakeupcamille/

https://www.facebook.com/LaBellaCam/

https://twitter.com/labellacam?lang=en

SnapChat MakeupCamille

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Image Credit:
Christopher Hedlund a.k.a. ChrisHeadShots, Ptah Bakara Quammie a.k.a. ArtCrazyPhotog, Josh Ott a.k.a. JOttPhoto, Diego Nossa a.k.a. Nossa.Camera

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