We had the good fortune of connecting with Brigitte Caille and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brigitte, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
This is a great question because initially, I didn’t. I actually chose to study nutrition in college, which meant a curriculum packed with science courses. All the while, I was spending my free time delving into the LA goth scene, attending concerts and night clubs, perusing thrift shops, and most notably, creating looks. This included my outfits, hairstyles, and of course, my makeup, all of which were my way of expressing myself creatively. Interestingly, I had the opportunity to take a college class called Stage Makeup, which had no relevance to my major but I took it very seriously and appreciated every bit of it. I remember using the professional makeup that was provided to us in class to get that super pale goth look! Nevertheless, I went on to pursue nutrition, and worked as a dietitian for seven years in various hospitals. Fast forward to 2013, after having two kids, I returned to school to earn my esthetics license, which quickly reignited my creative spark. In the seven years that I’ve been doing makeup, not a single day has it felt like work. I absolutely love playing with colors, textures, and shapes on faces. It still fascinates me every time, as each client provides me a unique canvas. I see each face as a piece of art. Looking back, I don’t regret my choice to study nutrition, although I do wonder where I’d be now had I chosen makeup as a career from the start. What’s important though, is that I’m here now and so grateful for a fulfilling career that keeps me inspired day after day.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business consists of just me, and of course, my clients. As I expressed earlier, makeup artistry is a second career for me. I’ve built a business around the other aspects of my life. As a mother, I’ve found an equilibrium between career and family, which is important to me. What I have been able to give of myself to my career has fluctuated over the years, and that’s okay. Patience, flexibility, commitment, continued education, and inspiration are what make it possible. It’s been a slow and steady process, yet I am proud of where I am now, and plan to keep on growing.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My first thought is a day at the Getty or MOCA! Stroll around, grab a bite to eat, so relaxing! Another day would be to peruse around Old Town Pasadena, plenty of great spots to eat, check out city hall, have a drink on Colorado Blvd. Of course, a beach day is essential…Santa Monica comes to mind. Oh, and for some great views, Griffith Observatory with an evening in Silver Lake/Atwater Village.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
When I completed my esthetics program, I started taking clients for facials and waxing. One day I had a brow wax client ask if I do makeup for weddings, as her cousin’s wedding was approaching, I hadn’t done any makeup, other than in school so I offered to do a trial session with her prior to the wedding. She ended up booking me for herself plus several others in the bridal party. I’ve been enjoying bridal makeup ever since. So thank you, Hannah, for presenting me that opportunity!
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