We had the good fortune of connecting with Samantha Jaime and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samantha, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I chose to pursue a career as an makeup artist because I love color, changes, and I’m creative. I love seeing different people, different colors, anything that is out of the ordinary.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an artist, what sets me apart is that I can work in both fields, makeup and special effects. It’s hard to find artists who can cover both aspects. Even though it’s a job involving all types of art, it wasn’t easy getting through challenges I had to face. I spent about a year getting turned down from obtaining a job as a makeup artist and having people look down on you for pursuing a job in arts. Within that year I decided to focus on Special Effects. Not only did I grow as a Makeup Artist but FX as well. My biggest lesson was that patience and practice is key, to everything! If you don’t get it the first time, keep trying, it helps you grow more, and anything is possible, don’t be too hard on yourself, no matter how much you feel like giving up, DON’T! I learned how to how to make realistic injuries/FX characters come to life. Special Effects has opened many doors to the career I am pursuing, it got me to my first big gig in a music video for Post Malone. Networking is key for this industry as well and till this day I am still learning how to handle that part of business. I am excited to see how I will turn my love for makeup into my own brand in a few coming years. I want people to know that I am Latina born in the heart of Los Angeles, California. Coming from a Mexican/Salvadoran background, I always had an interest in the art/artistic business, I work hard to achieve my goals and to be where I am. When I open my future makeup line and even just as an artist right now, I will make sure that everyone gets represented, no one will be left behind. I hope this can inspire many and especially within the Latino community as well, to prove we are hard workers and can get far in life no matter how many let downs we have had.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I actually have a friend from New York who would like to come down to Los Angeles. I would want to show her how multicultural Los Angeles is, how you can see how many cultures came down all together. Also I’d like to take my lovely friend to La Placita Olvera and East Los Angeles, so she can see part of the Mexican culture that is based here. I hope covid is completely gone by then so I can take my friend clubbing in West Hollywood to see the drag queens. The store SOAP Planet Wacko is my all time favorite, near Hollywood boulevard.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family. I grew up with a family who always inspired and encouraged me to pursue what I love. Thanks to my grandfather I learned about painting and color theory, which came in handy for makeup. My favorite painters are my grandfather, my sister, and Frida Kahlo. My grandma opened my eyes into the dance world, thanks to my mother i was able to learn how to do stage makeup for my performances, which made me peak into becoming a makeup artist. As well as my father who introduced me to some of my idols, such as Guillermo Del Toro, Tom Savini, and Dick Smith who are my all time inspiration for FX makeup.
Credits to Valeria Jaime.