We had the good fortune of connecting with Kasie Dike and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kasie, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I would definitely say being persistent and consistent! My passion for creating and making people feel beautiful has always been the driver, but I would say that consistency is key! With the creative industry being as big as it is, I found that it was easy to just hold back or even consider giving up because there are so many other artists out there. I’ve learned to accept that while there’s several artists out there, there’s only one you.
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 grew up doing a lot of art-drawing, painting, and everything else so getting into doing makeup on others wasn’t a challenge! It was the same thing to me in my eyes, just a different canvas. My parents love my creativity, especially my dad who is an engineer and does drawings all the time, so they knew that from a young age, I had so much talent in this area. When I first moved to LA, I met my friend Macy through Facebook, who at the time was looking for a makeup artist to help with a shoot. She was my first client and because of her, I can say that my career began to take off. Initially it wasn’t easy! I quickly realized that LA makeup looks were a lot more subtle than what I loved and was used to, which was a lot of bright colors that stand out! It definitely took time for me to really focused more on the needs of clients and adjust my work enough to be noticed!
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’m a brunch freak and I blame LA for it!
There’s no way you would visit LA and not go to Perch! The views and food? AH-mazing! I would also suggest Blu Jam Cafe, Fratelli Cafe and Republique. For picture spots, definitely LACMA, The Pink Wall on Melrose and Griffith Observatory. For a fun night, definitely Tom Tom, Cabo Cantina, or Bar Bohemian!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would definitely want to dedicate my shoutout to my ADPi littles, Karrina and Kathy, as well as my friends Ama & Adaugo, who have always cheered me on from the moment I worked on other people and have continued to do so through their support and encouragement! I also want to dedicate this to my first friends I met when I first moved to LA-Daniel, Maddy, Josh, Janina, Cassandra, & Zaina, who have challenged me to explore my creativity and what I’m capable of doing. Finally, I want to dedicate this to Sharon, Macy, Kat, Brittany and Mackenzie, my clients who have been nothing but inspiring for me as I move further up in my career!
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