We had the good fortune of connecting with Genevieve Garner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Genevieve, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
As a freelancer having a work/life balance is so important! When I was younger and just starting out as a makeup and hair artist I had no balance and that took a toll on me. But when you’re first starting your career you want to take every opportunity that is thrown your way, even if you get no sleep. Every year I choose a word to live by instead of a resolution and a few years ago I chose BALANCE. I chose to focus on what that meant to me and what I needed to feel happy personally and professionally. I found that I am so fulfilled by my work and am incredibly lucky to be able to work with my friends a lot of the time but I also needed solo time. Time to meditate and workout, explore and travel. So now I make sure to accept the jobs that I really want and when something doesn’t feel right for me, I pass on it because the right jobs will always find me. And when I am not working I make sure to take days to recharge and do what I feel like I need physically and mentally. Make time for the people and events that are important. I’ve missed countless big life moments for my friends that I will never be able to get back because I thought work was more important at the time. Work will always be there so go to the wedding, take the weekend and explore. Make life memories.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
With a dad in the entertainment industry I was always lucky to be able to visit him on set and knew at a young age I wanted to be a makeup & hair artist. Not knowing how difficult it can be to break in, I had my heart set on a career with lots of challenges. After getting licensed in the state of California for Cosmetology and attending Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts I dove head first into any job I could get. I applied to every Craigslist ad was constantly emailing every production that advertised looking for crew in Backstage Magazine. I was determined to work and make a name for myself. I am so proud at how far I have come in the last 15 years. I am honored to work with some incredible people and be a part of some big life moments such as award nominations and weddings. I love making people feel their best and confident to take on the world.
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?
Los Angeles, what isn’t there to do in this city?! I am a big fan of nature, I love hiking and the beach (says every Angeleno) and we are blessed with so many options! I would maybe start with a day trip to Malibu, lay on the beach for a little bit and end the day with some wine tasting at Malibu Wines. Then we would have to have some good Mexican food and being vegan Gracias Madre is the place to check out! Would also have to do a hike in Griffith Park to see the Hollywood sign and maybe end the day at the rooftop bar at the Ace Hotel downtown. And last but not least, LACMA always has great exhibits to check out and during the summer (hopefully this will still be around post pandemic) attending a Silent Disco on the Santa Monica pier is a must!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my parents. I choose a difficult career that can take some time to break into. I had so many side jobs but sometimes the job at the mall doesn’t understand that you need to take the day off because you finally got an offer for a dream job and you couldn’t get anyone to cover your shift, so you’re fired. My parents have always had my back and supported me in every way possible. I’ve called my mom crying because I thought I had booked a movie and then the star made a request and suddenly the six weeks of work you had planned on are gone in a second and you don’t know how your’e going to make rent or your car payment. Growing up, my dad was in the entertainment industry as well and he taught me that there is always another job around the corner. Or when I do book that big job and I now need them to watch my dog for three weeks. I wouldn’t and couldn’t be here without them. They are my rocks, my voice of reason and my endless support system.
1- Emilie Ullerup on her way to Hallmark Summer TCA 2- BTS with Grey & Elle 3- Kelley Jakle photographed by Alex Rae 4- Hanbok shoot with Grey & Elle 5- BTS with Lauren Ridloff ComicCon 2019 6- Screen grab from Yonka Paris Commercial 7- Danielle Campbell photographed by Matt Sayles 8- Tiffany Smith photographed by Storm Santos