We had the good fortune of connecting with Erica Medina and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erica, why did you pursue a creative career?
I am by nature a person who always likes to learn and create to feel productive. Right about eight years ago is when I decided to take the plunge and pursue my dream to become a pro makeup artist. It took me a while to make that decision to change careers. I really believe that when something is in your path sooner or later it will cross your way and so it did for me. I was working at a consulting company and one of my clients asked me to attend her open house for her makeup school. Without thinking about it, I left work and drove to her school and signed up that same night. Like most makeup artist I was already playing with makeup with friends and family but not professionally. I was the little girl who and dresses up and applied makeup to myself every Sunday to host shows for my siblings. I felt the most happy when I was doing something creative like sketching, painting, photographing or playing with makeup. So I made up my mind that no matter the struggles I was going to continue to stay motivated, educated and persistent to follow my dream career. So, here I am a few years later creating new opportunities to grow.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I dabbled in different genres of the industry but always return to film. There is something really rewarding about being a part of a creative crew and collaborating to make a project together. I can’t say it’s been smooth sailing the entire time, there has definitely been a good amount of hurtles and sacrifices . As a freelance, I consistently have to network to get jobs. To me, that is one of the most difficult things in my career because it take so much time and energy. I am consistently re-arranging my schedule and trying to balance my personal, family and business life. But I choose to learn from these challenges and find a way become better in life and my career. Staying positive and thinking about solutions instead has been life changing. Having this mindset has help me discover new opportunities for myself and my business. As a freelancer, I am constantly looking for new business ventures and ways to be creative. My most recent project is starting a bridal beauty business called ELM Bridal Beauty Makeup & Hair. At ELM Bridal Beauty I strive to help brides look and feel powerful and beautiful. I want every single bride to know I listen and will work along side them to create the perfect look for their special day. I My goal is to create a company with like minded artist and build community and deliver a bridal experience to remember.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am definitely a creature of habit and when I find a spot I love I will continue to support them for years. So let me let you in on my favorite places in LA. My very favorite restaurant to eat is Sage Plant based Bistro in Old Town Pasadena. Sage is a vegan restaurant with two locations in LA, the vibe is great and the staff is super friendly. If you ever visit them make sure to try their home made coconut base ice cream! The beach is one of my favorite spots to visit especially when I need to release stress from my crazy busy city life. I love to go to Malibu early in the morning, sit on the sand, put my headphones on and meditate. After relaxing, going salsa dancing is a must! My idea of fun is pretty much self care and enjoying nature and taking road trips. Hopefully, the next friend that visits is not too bored with my idea of fun.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There is so many resources I use to support myself. I am constantly listening to podcast, reading books, watching lives and videos to keep myself grounded and in high vibrations. I look for people who are like minded and that I resonate and align with to teach me and keep me on track. Some of them include Bob Proctor, Mandy Morris, Napoleon Hill, Melissa Street, Lottie Makeup, Julie Hapney , Trish Grimes and Hank and Ariel Braxtan and my latest mentor Tara Bre. I actually just finished Tara’s 8 week Beauty Business Master Class where she teaches her students all about running a successful beauty business. These People have been helpful and encouraging in more than one way via book, seminars or in one on one interaction. I don’t know all of them personally but I feel like I do lol
Youtube: Erica LeMakeup
Other: IMDB link https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1800686/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
Photo Credits: Harry Leal Photography Glass Darkly Headshots Interstellar Image Deaqon James Photography Peterson Design Photo Dewitt For Love