We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Aldridge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk has played a huge part in my life and my career. After taking a chance and switching to an industry I knew nothing about, I ended up in a management position at a heating and air conditioning company. It was a job I detested, but it paid well, so I had sort of given up on makeup and worked there for four years. I finally was so unhappy that I decided the risk of freelancing and possibly failing was worth it. I had successfully proven I can manage a sales team, so I knew that was something I can now fall back on if I needed to. Fast forward to two years later, and I have been working steadily in an industry that I absolutely love- even in the midst of a global pandemic.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been a makeup artist for film and television for seven years now. It’s definitely a challenging industry to get into, and there’s a lot of ups and downs along the way. I still have a long journey ahead as I eventually want to be a union makeup artist for the local 706. Even though it’s not an easy feat, I believe I’ll get there eventually. I decided that my friends will not be my competition, and I will celebrate their wins and just work hard and wait patiently for my turn to succeed.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to give a shout-out to my mentor, Scott Ramp. When I was fresh out of makeup school, he hired me on to his effects team without hesitation. Scott has taught me so much working with him, and pushed me to become a better artist. It took me a while to get my painting skills down, but with his help I have grown into the artist I am now. Scott is now my “monster-dad”and I love him dearly!
Model: Aaron Bray