We had the good fortune of connecting with Maria Diaz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maria, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
For me, is more important the path than the goal. During the path you can learn from people and experiences, you can achieve smaller goals, you can practice a lot and of course you can fail too.
As an artist you may have to pass through some hard moments like creative blocks or even moments when you just need a mental break. In some of this points you would probably think about giving up but is important to know why are you there, what is your goal and what motivates you to keep going.
As i said earlier, for me is more important the path than the goal and when i think about giving up i like to remember what made me start my career. I like to think about all the things i´ve learned since i started and how i have changed during all my steps. The important thing is to think about all the things you can get from your path.
In my opinion, is easy to know when to give up. Are you happy? Are your small steps bringing you more new things? Are you feeling good during your path? The moment of giving up is when you feel you are not getting anything from your past small steps. If you are not feeling good or your path is not making you happy is the moment to change your goal.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Being an artist is not easy, everyone expects you to have success when you start, if not, everyone will ask you to try a “plan b” so you can make money. You have to deal with a huge community of artists that make exact the same thing as you so is difficult to find something that sets you apart from others, but the best thing of sharing the makeup industry with so many artist is that you can learn a lot from each other and get inspiration easily.
Everyone has to follow their own path, in this community is very common to think that you would have success if you try to defeat the others but thats not true, if you keep going focusing on yout own goals you will reach success without pushing others apart.
Personally, i had to overcome lots of challenges during my carrer. The first one (and the hardest one in my opinion) was to deal with people that tells you that if you choose to be an artist you would fail, that you need to find a “real job” to make money. They see art as a hobby and not as a real job. The hardest part is tho show them that they are not right.
One of the biggest challenges for me was moving to LA. I studied profesional makeup in Spain and then i decided to move to LA to study cinema makeup and special effects makeup. It was my first time traveling out from my country and i was moving alone. The first month was hard, i was alone in the other end of the world with 9 hours of difference with my family. Once you start meeting new people things starts getting better and is great to make friends that study the same thing as you so you can share experiences with them.
Moving to LA was the most important point of my career, in this city there are a lot of oportunities to make money as a makeup artist and is great to work in lots of diferent projects. I`ve done some short films and photo shoots here, there is so talented people here to work with. Definetly moving here was a very big oportunity to start my career and grow as a profesional artist.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Im not from LA so i love visiting new places. My very favorite place is the Santa Monica beach, it was the first place i went to and i have beautiful memories there. I loved the Pier and the beach and i was so amazed by the number of seagulls you can see there, in Spain is not that common to see so many seagulls so it was very funny. Te beach is sooo beautiful and the sunset there is super cool..
My other favorite place in the city is the Hollywood sign. To go there you have to do a very long hike (it was long for me hahaha) but is a very funny plan to do with friends. The best option is to go in the evening becuse you can hike to the point where you see the Hollywood sign from the front and then hike a little bit more and reach the highest point where you can see the sign from the back and all the skyline of LA. If you do it this way, you can reach the highest point when the sunset is happening. The views are AMAZING.
I also like to hang out with my friends and find cool places to get a drink. The hollywood ballet and Employees only are some clubs that i love to visit, the music is cool and the people is super nice.
I live near the Koreatown area, in that neibourhood the most popular restaurants are the Korean BBQ, the food there is delicious and you can try a lot of different types of asian food there.
The last place i have to talk about is IN AND OUT. That place is suuuper cheap and is one of the most famous burguers in LA, there is one near the walk of fame and is a very good plan to go there after visiting the walk of fame.
This are my favorite places in LA, but of course you cant leave without visiting Universal Studios, beverly hills, the groove and Malibu!!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents gave me all the emotional support to study makeup so they are the reason why im where i am. They gave me the oportunity to move to LA and study profesional makeup, im from Spain so this was a huge change for me and a very important point for my career.