We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordann Aguon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordann, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I never liked working for anyone else. I tried it time and time again and it always lead me to quitting prematurely. Organized structures of education and work related programs never resonated with me and my lifestyle. I learned best by doing and having real life experiences, failing and making mistakes. Going to the same place everyday to clock in and work a shift drained me. I needed to be out in the world. So I created my freelance business
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.
I don’t feel that I have the same story as most other makeup artists. I got into makeup not as much for the beauty but for the art. The art of painting something original, transforming someone into someone else, telling a story through a makeup look. I didn’t grow up watching my mom put on makeup but rather paint, draw, and apply a character makeup to someone else to tell a story through a lens. She was also a makeup artist and a photographer. Creating beauty through stories, that’s what I grew up watching my mom do. The first makeup I did was on myself, and it was a painting. I didn’t enhance my eyes or draw on my lips, instead I drew a pattern that curved around all of the details of my face in different colors and textures. That was when I had discovered my love for makeup. That being said I approached makeup very differently from the beginning. I went down many pathways of trying all sorts of styles of makeup for different formats. Film, tv, photoshoots, theatre, weddings, events, fantasy. Trying it all in the beginning was confusing at first because I felt like I didn’t have my own style. Eventually I figured out that is what is so fun about makeup. Learning all the different styles and then applying your own personal touch to it is how to develop your own style in the first place. Ive had a mentor in the film industry and also one in the high glam fashion industry and I feel like I’ve combined those two worlds with my own style of artistry. I love to do beauty and character work to tell stories through film, television and print. It was a tough 12 years and Im never done learning, but the biggest lesson Ive learned along the way was to stay true to yourself, trust in yourself and your art, and be fearless. In the end, it’s just makeup. You can always wipe it off and start again.
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.
Some of my favorite spots in the city are based around food. I love to eat! Being from Hawaii, I grew up on asian food. Little Tokyo and Sawtelle Blvd are two of my favorite spots for sushi, ramen, Japanese curry and more. El Segundo has the best Poke in the city that you’ll find, the closest you’ll get to authentic Hawaiian poke. Another one of my favorite things to do in the city is go to the free art museums around town. The Marciano Art Foundation museum is a free museum located in an old 1960s Masonic Temple. The Hammer and The Broad art museums are two others that are free to the public as well.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to Wendi Miyake. Wendi has been my mentor for the last two and half years here in LA. She has inspired and encouraged me to grow in every way through my artistry and always pushed me to do more. She shared everything she knew with me as well as so many products, tools and trade secrets. She was so generous with her time and everything she shared with me. I feel like I gained the confidence to be the type of artist Ive always wanted to be through my time with her.
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