We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Kennett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think in order to truly live, you have to take risks. Taking part in things that scare you, excite you, empower you can really stimulate growth and confidence in not only yourself, but your career. I took a huge risk changing my career path in the complete opposite direction. The first risk I took was quitting my full time job, in the middle of a pandemic with absolutely no security, no back-up plan and no clue what I was doing. I invested in my education as a makeup artist, and invested time to create relationships with other creatives who then took a risk on me.
Putting yourself in the unknown is how to can explore the endless possibilities. As they say, without risk there is no reward.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My favorite thing about applying makeup for my career is that you never feel like you are stuck in a box. You can have one shoot where the model needs a clean makeup look, when the next needs something edgy and editorial. I never feel I am controlled creatively and I’ve been very lucky to have worked with people who allow me to be apart of the creative process. I am proud that I am able to take any one’s vision, and bring it to life.
Every opportunity I have to do makeup, I find there is a hidden lesson. Whether it be how to work with a client, or trying a new technique, or even mixing the right foundation shade! And even if I mess up, I remind myself that I am only human and I can only do my best. What I find is that people gravitate towards artists without egos, as they are just doing what the love and are happy to be apart of the process.
I want my current and future clients to know that I will provide a safe space where I will be kind, helpful and encouraging to both the creative team and whoever sits in my chair.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So I recently just moved to West Hollywood, and it has been such an amazing experience so far! I have eaten so much amazing food and seen such amazing things!
My top three food places:
1. Shin Ramen in West Hollywood- Their ramen is AMAZING. I always get their classic shin ramen with extra green onions! They have an array of toppings too add on, and their pork belly is TO DIE FOR. Plus, they have a rewards program!!
2. Cofax Coffee- I love to get their iced vanilla latte and a breakfast burrito. Hands down, best one I’ve had since moving here. They taste like something you could make at home!
3. El Compadre- THE MARGARITAS ARE ON FIRE, LITERALLY!!! They are so good and for me, I need one and I am done.
I love going to The Grove because they have the outdoor farmers market stands. There is a pickle stand and its INCREDIBLE.
Oh, and so many beautiful sights. My husband and I love to walk our dog up to Nichols Canyon and see the sights of the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to give a few shout outs, because with out these people/organizations, I wouldn’t be where I am today!
First, I’d love to thank the Online Makeup Academy for getting me the education that I desperately needed to feel confident in my craft, as well as providing a creative outlet in the middle of a pandemic.
Next, I want to give thanks to my fellow creatives who continue to take a chance on me and grace me with opportunities to work alongside their brilliance. This includes Masina Torres, Brendyn Gilbert, Ricky Lawrence, Andrea David, and so many more. YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST.
Finally, I’d like to thank my incredible circle of family and friends for their non stop support.
LOVE YOU ALL!!! <3
Andrea David Brendyn Gilbert Ricky Lawrence Jesse Milledge