We had the good fortune of connecting with Cindy Vu Pantoja and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cindy, why did you pursue a creative career?
From recreating Van Gogh paintings at 9 years old to winning multiple art contests thereafter. I have always had a passion for creating beautiful art. Before becoming a permanent makeup artist, I was in the corporate world working with structural engineers. I was able to learn how buildings and homes could be improved with the guidance of an engineer. Now that I think about it, it gave me the same mindset to guiding clients on how to improve their natural look. With over 4000 procedures under my belt it gave me the confidence to guide my students. Becoming an artist in the PMU world sparked a light in me. I love knowing that I can always help an individual feel more beautiful than they already are by just enhancing and shaping their natural features. It has been over 6 years and my passion continues to grow after each client and student.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As cliche as this might sound I feel as an artist, I am a perfectionist and I am my biggest critic. Each artist has their own style which sets them apart but I believe the more I have invested in myself with extensive hours of training I can produce a better experience and form of art for my clients and students. My art has brought the blessings of many high end clientele and celebrities from all over the world. I truly believe that when you have a passion for something, nothing will stop you. Building a business takes hard work and dedication but never have I allowed any obstacles or circumstances hold me back from growing professionally. I am a strong believer in affirmations, and knowing everything will always work out. I would love to share with the world that giving up is never an option, it will take years but all it takes is one day to change your entire life. A lesson I have learned along the way is that if you make yourself necessary then you will always be needed because a good reputation is more valuable than money.
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.
Being in Sunny California I feel like there’s always a ton to do. But for my go to, I would take them shopping at Southcoast Plaza then eat at Din Tai Fung for lunch. Mastros Ocean Club for dinner and drinks either in Newport or Beverly Hills depending where my guests are staying. There are also great beaches in California I would take them to either Newport, or Santa Monica Pier. I also love hiking so if my guests are up for it there’s Peters Canyon which is local and nice.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t be where I am without the support of my husband and family. I don’t tell my husband this nearly enough, but he is incredible. I want to thank him for challenging me and supporting me through all my ideas. To my parents who raised me and my three younger siblings with love and care. They have always mentored and encouraged me to be my best.