We had the good fortune of connecting with Mariah Kraft and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mariah, how do you think about risk?
Risk-taking is the only reason I am where I am today. I took a risk and asked a big name in the makeup industry to take me under his wing and he did. That opportunity didn’t present itself, I created it by setting aside my fears and taking a risk. Since then every move I’ve made has been all about embracing the idea of failure as a learning experience in order to reap the benefits of taking big risks. Big risk leads to big rewards!
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 got to where I am today by never giving up. There were many long days and nights spent on movie and music video sets. Many frustrations and setbacks but what set me apart was my willingness to roll with the punches and maintain a positive attitude through it all. When other makeup artists were jealous and bitter toward other artists I was creating an online platform for artists to connect, lift each other up, and support one another. I always felt good about that decision and it helped me get MORE work by connecting and befriending other artists.
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’d take them to The Waffle on Sunset Blvd because waffles are the best. I’d also take them to the taping of some TV shows because that’s always a fun experience. I would take them to see the beautiful landscapes and stunning views of the city that you can find all over the place, from the Hollywood sign and Griffith Park to Malibu to Rancho Palos Verdes, there is so much beauty in this city if you know where to look! And no trip to LA would be complete without a red carpet appearance so we’d definitely crash a party or two!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to Maxi. You taught me how to embrace my true self in order to make my mark on the industry. Without your willingness to take a chance on a starry-eyed kid with nothing but a dream and some ambition I’d never be where I am today
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