We had the good fortune of connecting with Bailee Wolfson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bailee, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Growing up, I had a wide variety of interests, yet, when it came to what I really enjoyed most in school it was the arts: dance, pottery, drawing, photography and art history. I could never picture myself working in an office behind a desk, and after college I moved to New York where I found myself doing just that. I had this feeling, like I was missing out on doing what I really wanted to do, so I knew I had to make a change. I always remember Oprah saying, “If you do what you love, it will never feel like work”. Although it was a hard decision to upend my career, it was worth it. Being a makeup artist allows me a lot of creative freedom and it’s a gratifying way for me to express myself. I love being able to work in different environments and locations, as well as team up and work with other creatives in the industry on photoshoots. I also love that every project is different and that I am able to work for myself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love working on skin and perfecting a clean look for my clients. I hate when foundation looks heavy. I think my work on ediorial, beauty and commercial shoots reflects that. My wish is to bring out each model or clients natural beauty by enhancing versus covering. I am also very detail oriented which is needed to be at a high level in the industry. I am always eager to learn from other artists. I don’t think as a makeup artist, you can afford to feel complacent as the industry trends change and styles and techniques evolve. As I stated earlier, I changed careers so I did have a late start and I often feel I need to catch up to other artists who have been doing makeup much longer than me. The industry is super competive and oversaturated so it’s imperative to be at your best to get work. I think, because of how saturated the industry is, overcoming self doubt is a big challenge for myself and other artists I know, especially with social media. I try to remind myself not to compare myself to others and that I am where I am suppose to be in my journey. It can be easy to let negative emotions take over especially during a pandemic but I try to remind myself that everyone is in it together. I wake up every day and feel very lucky I am able to do what I love and it is my hope to be creating and doing makeup for many years to come. The future is bright!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well… its a pandemic.. so there’s that but some favorites are: A to drive to Malibu and have lunch at Malibu Farm on the pier then go to the beach! Gjusta Bakery is amazing in Venice. I love going to a flea market: either the Fairfax Flea or the Rose Bowl I would hit up a comedy club- The Comedy Store is a great experience! I would walk around the resevoir in Silverlake Go to Zebulon on the east side for a drink, dance and concert vibe Probably would hit up the Soho House pool in Downtown LA for some good views and a dip. Eating sushi in LA is a MUST and there are a ton of great spots, too many to list. The Broad and The Getty Museums are a must see. I’d also recommend a quick trip to Joshua Tree!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to my parents and friends for always supporting me and cheering me on! And.. an even bigger shout out to Jenny Smith (Global Artist at Nars Cosmetics) who was my mentor in New York when I started my makeup career! She rocks and she is all about paying it forward and positive energy!
Other: Find me on CLUB HOUSE using my first and last name or my Instagram handle!
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