We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Young and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laura, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
The amount of investment and education that goes into being a makeup artist is EXTENSIVE. With everything being accessible on YouTube nowadays, I think there’s an under appreciation for the art and what it takes to know how to do makeup on every face color, shape, and texture, not just your own. For anyone who wears makeup on a daily basis, you have a pretty good idea of what a foundation costs, now imagine buying that product in every shade. The more versatile my kit is, the more options I can provide my client, and a portion of every check I get goes towards buying more product. Some people may complain about the pay rate for a makeup artist, but that price isn’t just for the service, it’s also for the variety of options I’m presenting, my years of education, and the years it took to be able to do a look in the amount of time I’m offering.
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’ll be honest, I got big dreams. I’m putting it out into the universe that one day I will be in the Union and be a Makeup Dept. Head. The only problem with having big dreams is that you need to have big patience. Anyone who has gotten to where I want to be has done so with their own unique journey. I wish there was a copy and paste direction on how to accomplish my goal, but unfortunately that’s not my reality. It took a while to realize that and I think in doing so, I took some unnecessary detours. It’s really freakin scary committing to a profession that is ever changing and completely uncertain, so I did the “adult” thing and got an “adult” job to have some foundation. Unfortunately that foundation took up all of my time and my dreams took a back seat. A part of me wonders where I would be if I had committed fully 10 years ago, but deep down I know that I learned so many other skills along the way that will make me an even more well rounded Dept. Head in the future. If you can take away anything from this, remember that your timeline is your own and to always trust yourself and your gut. The only difference between you and your career idols, is that they never gave up.
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?
There’s SO much to do in LA. It can definitely be overwhelming at times so my idea of a great visit would be to go off the beaten path and see the beauty of California. My go-to relax spot is to drive up the coast, stop off at Neptune’s Net for some clam chowder, and pull off along the beach for a walk. I’m also a foodie so the rest of the week I would just take them to some of my favorite food spots like Birdie G’s, Majordomo, Angler, Bludso’s, etc. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Especially during the Quarantine, I truly saw the makeup community step up and extend a helping hand to each other. There were so many Zoom classes and workshops being offered totally free by incredible industry professionals. Out of this Quarantine I found groups like Stan Winston School, Frends Beauty Supply, and Beauty Masterclass, create platforms for new artists to learn, ask questions, and receive incredible feedback from industry giants. I’m so thankful those involved with these groups believe in sharing knowledge and encouraging others to pursue their dreams with open hearts and minds.