We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeannie Giannone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeannie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think taking risks is the only way we truly achieve what we want in life. All of us have that voice in our head that warns us when something is “too big” or “too risky”. I pivoted 10 years ago in my career and never looked back. I wholeheartedly pursued a career in acting, even though I always had that voice in the back of my head. I think deep down, I always knew it wasn’t truly for me. 10 years ago, I decided to become a makeup artist and from that moment, I knew it was meant to be. I have found a type of success in makeup that I never did in acting and I’m so happy I took the leap.
In 2018, I took the ultimate risk and moved to Los Angeles from Chicago. I wanted to elevate my career and work at a higher level with A-listers and celebrities and I couldn’t do that in Chicago. So I made the hardest decision of my life to leave Chicago, the city that had been my home for 13 years and my partner of 5 years. We are still together, 8 years later! He still lives in Chicago while I live out here and while it hasn’t been easy, I don’t regret it for a second. I made the choice to pursue my dream and I am lucky to have him and his support.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
While it took me a minute to find makeup, I’ve found that it’s truly what lights me up. I can’t imagine not doing it. Even though I started my creative career as an actor, I have found my true calling in makeup artistry. (I like to say that acting was my first love and makeup is my true love). And while I’ve had my moments of wishing I had found makeup sooner, everyone has their own journey and I believe this is the right one for me. Many people never find what they truly love to do and I know how lucky I am to make a living as an artist and creative.
I think what sets me apart is my enthusiasm and willing to collaborate. I truly love the process of finding that magic mix between the makeup, the hair, the styling, and the woman in my chair. I’m also kind of a mama bear with my models and actresses and I always make sure that they are comfortable and taken care of. My job is to help them feel their best, so then their best attributes shine through. I take my job very seriously, but I’d like to think that I know when to be serious and when to have fun.
Getting here wasn’t easy. Like I previously said, I uprooted my life in Chicago and moved out to Los Angeles to elevate myself. It’s all been unknown up until this point and it’s truly taught me how to be flexible. Before I moved to LA, I always had another job to fall back on. Since living here, I’ve supported myself solely on my artistry and that was the ultimate goal. I’m always looking for ways to be better and to work smarter, not harder and that journey is never-ending.
All in all, I’ve learned what I’m truly capable of. It took alot of guts to uproot my life and I have realized that I’m much stronger than I’ve previously given myself credit for. I urge everyone to truly look at what they want from life, from their careers, relationships, etc and GO FOR IT. I’ve always had the mantra in my head that “you only live once”. Make the most out of your time here on this Earth; enjoy the highs and hold on to them as hard as possible; appreciate the lows and know that they are temporary. We can sleep when we are dead lol.
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?
First, we would go for a hike up on Runyon in the morning; early, before it gets too hot. Then we would brunch at Blu Jam or Crossroads (I love their vegan Chix and Waffles). Then we would check out Melrose for some shopping; I love House of Intuition for their crystals and candles. EP & LP’s rooftop is a must and I take everyone new to the city there. The views of the Hollywood Hills when the sun starts to set are breathtaking!
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 have to shoutout my incredible boyfriend of 8 years, for his unfailing love and support of me and my dreams. I’m also incredibly lucky to have a supportive family and group of friends who have always been in my corner, rooting for me. Inevitably, when I’ve had those moments where I’ve had doubts, my support system reminds me how far I’ve come and how much I’ve accomplished since becoming a makeup artist. I know how lucky I am that I have a team of people rooting for me just a phone call away.
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Images by Courtney Dailey Photography, Nathalie Gordon Photography, and Andrew Parsons Photography