We had the good fortune of connecting with Nichola Mottram and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Nichola, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
An interesting fact about me is that I originally went to school for psychology and criminal justice, fully expecting to pursue a career as a psychologist. The subject always fascinated me, and I love it still. I also enjoyed doing makeup, but I never thought it was an option as a career until a took a class in my freshman year of college. For fun, I took a Fundamentals of Stage Makeup class and throughout it, I began to hone my skill and I began to see myself pursuing it professionally. From then on, my sights were set on doing makeup. I still finished my degree in psychology, but after graduation, I went to makeup school in order to perfect the art. I pursued this career because it makes me happy. It is something that I truly enjoy doing. And that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy studying psychology, but makeup brought out an emotion in me that I never felt while studying psychology: passion.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
This is a difficult question to answer. What sets me apart? Every makeup artist knows the struggles of this industry. It can be unforgiving and requires a lot of patience. I’m probably not the first person to say this, but I’ve stuck through it all. And, I’m proud of that. I could have given up and fall back on my psychology degree, but where is the fun in that? I took a risk to remain in the makeup industry and it’s starting to pay off. My entire life I’ve been stubborn and rarely, if ever, quit anything once I’ve started. It’s definitely not easy living on paycheck to paycheck. Especially in this past year, my makeup jobs were far and few between and I had to learn to adjust by taking other jobs, mainly virtual, to supplement that lack of income. But, I worked on two feature films towards the end of 2020, that reignited that passion and provided me with the opportunities that I didn’t think I had before. What I’ve learned along the way is that I can do anything as long as I set my mind to it and not to give up on my dreams. I know things may seem dismal at the moment given the current state of the world, but we will adjust and grow in our own ways. I just want other people to know not to give up hope. Regarding my brand, I want the world to know that I have some exciting business news currently in motion where I might be able to hire makeup artists to join my team in the near future!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Touristy week with me! Monday: Go to all the beaches! Venice Beach, Santa Monica Pier, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach. Each one has their own atmosphere that I love to experience. My friends and I would bike ride from Redondo Beach to Venice Beach and it was so much fun! Tuesday: Beverly Hills is also a typical place that I would go to. Driving around and looking at the Beverly Hills Hotel as well as walking around Rodeo Drive. It’s astronomically expensive, but just going and walking around is fun and I’ve definitely seen famous people pretty much every time I’ve gone. Wednesday: Studio Tour! Whether it’s Warner Bros or Universal, it’s cool to see the behind-the-scenes of what sets actually looked like. Thursday: Hiking, Griffith Observatory, and seeing the Hollywood Sign. Friday: In the morning, I’d take them to Joan’s on Third for some quality eats and caffeine. During the day, I’d go to the Grove and have a fun shopping day. At night, I’d go to a comedy show. The Comedy Store and the Hollywood Improv are my two favorite places to go and you never know when a surprise celebrity guest might drop in. Saturday: I’d probably go to Malibu Wines or something along those lines during the day. And then at night, I’d take us out to a local bar, nothing crazy, perhaps Davey Wayne’s or a laid back bar such as The Local Peasant in Sherman Oaks. Sunday: Brunch spot! Sweet Butter Kitchen in Sherman Oaks. I love that spot! That or Blu Jam! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my parents, Andrew and Melanie Mottram. They supported me from the beginning. When I told them that I wanted to pursue a career in makeup, they never once doubted me. They supported me changing directions from a steady career as a psychologist to pursuing an unforgiving job as an artist. I honestly thought that it would take a lot more convincing! They helped me financially, they gave me my first jobs, they told their friends, and they never stopped believing in me. Without them, I would have never been able to get where I am today.

Website: www.nicholajanemakeup.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/nicholajanemakeup

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nichola-mottram-777bb87a

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nichola_jane

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicholajanemakeup

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/nichola-jane-makeup-los-angeles-4?uid=LZqYNuopsgRdZxN4GLHNWw&utm_campaign=www_business_share_popup&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=(direct)

Image Credits
Remo Fioroni, Marie Buck

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