We had the good fortune of connecting with Mikaela Baltazar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mikaela, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk taking is super important towards making significant growth and change in peoples’ lives and careers. Although taking risks really takes me out of my comfort zone, I know that they will somehow push me to be better and more knowledgeable in my career field. I now know that every time I am taking a risk, I will be rewarded regardless, whether that includes success or a valuable lesson.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Personally, I find power in doing makeup because I love that I can contribute to helping boost somebody’s confidence. If I am being honest, I have always had a difficult time accepting my body image but makeup held no limits for how beautiful I am able to make myself feel. Throughout my journey as a makeup artist, I like to emit this sense of confidence and positivity with every client that I have. I love that I can contribute to making someone feel confident and at their best especially on events that they will remember for a lifetime like their wedding, quincenera, or even pictures. In the professional sense, it has not always been too easy for me. It was initially difficult to figure out how to handle client contracts and setting ground rules for clients to follow. Although it was difficult at first, I have been able to better be in control of the business side of being a makeup artist. Being a makeup artist is so much fun since I get to live out my passion for creativity and makeup as an occupation, but it definitely takes a lot of dedication and hard work. Early mornings, spending lots of time on your feet, working weekends, and improving on time management are some of the challenges faced by being a freelancer but it is all worth it when I know that I am making my clients happy and satisfied.
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?
Being from Los Angeles and being Mexican American, I personally love visiting La Placita Olvera or Olvera Street in Downtown LA. I love visiting this area of the city because of the influx of culture found in the food and products that are sold here. Sometimes there are also dancers who perform on the weekends for everyone at the shops. It’s a cute area to shop to be buy souvenirs that represent the Hispanic culture of the people of Los Angeles. Sometimes there are also dancers who perform on the weekends for everyone at the shops.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I know it’s a little generic, but I would dedicate this shoutout to my parents for their non-stop support and belief in myself and my dreams. It can sometimes get hard to constantly believe in myself and my abilities throughout this journey, but they always remind me that I can accomplish anything that I set my mind to. I would also dedicate it to all other family, friends, and clients who continue to support me and my work. It never goes unnoticed and always assures me that I am improving in my craft.
(For photos 1, 2, 6) Model: Jade Darmawangsa Hair: Kourtney Cain Photographer: Casen Ruiz (For photos 3, 4, 5) Model: Tiffany Munoz Photographer: Mandy Pacheco