We had the good fortune of connecting with Drini Marie and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Drini, what matters most to you?
Work at it because you love it not because you feel obligated. I will stand by this principle until the day I die. Making the decision to become self employed was one of the scariest yet most rewarding decisions of my life. I was at a job that paid the bills but didn’t fulfill my passion. I felt stifled, sometimes depressed and often lonely, doing the same thing, the same way, day after day. When I took a leap of faith and started my own business I did it because I knew that I didn’t want to look up 10, 20 years from then, wishing I would’ve at least tried. I owed it to myself to really delve into my passion for makeup artistry and for skin and create wealth based on what I loved rather than what came easy to me.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Makeup and skin are the windows to a womans soul. How women look affects how they feel. I love that my job affords me the privilege of creating beautiful art, with the face as my canvas, and how it inspires confidence in my clients. I believe what sets me a part the most is my personality. Women like to know that not only is their face in good hands but so is their time, their secrets and their stories. My makeup chair is a sacred place; so what happens there, stays there. I used to do all of my friends makeup who were going to the prom or homecoming; that’s really how I started. I would tote around my little caboodle from house to house with my extremely minimal kit. I guess I really got the nudge to give makeup a chance when I was in fashion school and my pattern teacher told me I should be a makeup artist instead of a designer. I was HORRIBLE at pattern making but always came to school with a full face of makeup. So when I graduated and couldn’t get a job in design, I turned to makeup. Needless to say, it was the best decision I ever made. Luckily for me, I started at a time when social media was on the rise. I started posting my work on Black Planet, then MySpace, FaceBook, Model Mayhem, and so on. Slowly but surely I got the attention of photographers and models who I would work with to create content for my portfolio. I always knew that I had to present myself professionally, so I took that part of the business very serious. I created business cards and a website showcasing my work with the images we created. I made sure to always leave the house made up, because I was my best advertisement. Guess what….it paid off!

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.
I love beachy vibes, so we would def do lunch by the beach. Shopping. Nails and feet. Super cute chill spots to grab a drink and some dinner. Movies. Did I say shopping?

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents are truly my biggest fans. From my days as a struggling fashion design student at FIDM to my career as a makeup artist, they have always supported and helped hone my gifts and talents. I credit them for encouraging me, uplifting me and being my true, ardent fans!

Website: www. EyeDreamOfDrini.com
Instagram: MissDrini
Twitter: MissDrini
Facebook: www.facebook.com/makeupbydrini
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/makeup-by-drini-los-angeles
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Makeupbydrini

Image Credits
Louis Cuthbert; Anton Watts; Emily Shur; People Magazine; Justin Henry; Lance Gross

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