We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Dimant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My work life balance has significantly improved over the years, and I’m so grateful for the journey. I began working in high school and my mentality was to accept every single paying client no matter how they treated me or even how I felt doing their makeup. I was reluctant to say no because I felt a fear of missing out on any opportunities. It took years for me to realize that I can say no and I can set boundaries with myself and my clients. I felt trapped in a capitalistic cycle due to fear of not making money or people forgetting who I am and what I offer. When I decided to move to LA, I chose happiness, I chose myself, and I continually choose who I work with and when I work. This has created a harmonious work life balance; prioritizing my mental health first. I have found with my own experience if I trust in myself and the universe, the best work will come, and frankly not even feel like work. It will feel like a big warm hug from clients who turn into friends and family.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a multifaceted makeup artist, approaching makeup with a classically trained eye and breaking those boundaries. My parents recognized my love for art when we moved into our first home when I was 3 and I was found drawing people on the new wall with pencil. I am so lucky that I began art classes as a child and continued weekly, learning every medium, and specifically loving and attaching to oil painting when I was 13. I would make huge paintings and sell them to friends and family and local businesses. When I was 16, I joined a cosmetology program near my high school, and really dove into makeup. I saw how people around me were doing their makeup and I genuinely wanted to help make it look better. I watched a lot of YouTube, practiced on myself, my cousin, mom, and friends. I started growing it into a business and by the time I was licensed in cosmetology at 18, I was managing my own special event makeup business. I went on to art school and got my bachelors degree in Fine Arts with a focus on illustration. Over the years, my style has refined significantly and especially since moving to LA, my art has soared in my eyes. Los Angeles encourages me to be myself and practice self expression, and the people I am lucky to paint allow me to do so. I’ve assisted on set with A list celebrities and major campaigns and learned so much from the artists I was helping. Im diving deeper into my artistry by tapping in to my art degree and learning how to tattoo, and that brings me much joy. My style has developed to be intuitive, whimsical, timeless, magical, funky, natural, and real.
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.
Los Angeles is so magical and there is so much to see and do. I would take my BFF to some of my favorite beaches of course, El Matador in Malibu and Longfellow In Manhattan beach. We would go downtown and check out some art galleries and eat at Hama sushi in little Tokyo. We would go to the local taco trucks in mid city for late night deliciousness. We would spend time in Koreatown, maybe shop at Kim’s Home Store, go to a local Korean spa, and eat at the homey Surawon tofu house. A day trip to Topanga and some beautiful hikes are definitely in the cards. If it’s the weekend we are definitely going to some flea markets and estate sales for great vintage finds.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am so thankful for all the mentors and teachers and supporters in my life. My partner Brian, my mom Tanya, my babushka and dedushka, my spirit guides, my dog Barry, my art teachers, my tight knit community back home in Philly of artists, stylists, photographers, models, and teachers, my tattoo mentor, my clients turned friends&family, and every single human who believed and believes in my artistry.