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

Hi Tara, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think that risk taking is crucial in leveling up in your career. If you stay stagnant and not take risk, then you will not grow. It’s so important to push yourself to achieve your goals even when it’s scary. If you’re not scared to do it, then you’re in your comfort zone and you won’t move up while you’re in your comfort zone.

Over the course of my 13 year career, I have continued to challenge myself and take risks so I can push myself to the next level. I am constantly creating new goals and trying things that I’m not good at so I can be better. I have faith in myself to know that I can achieve anything that I set my mind to even when I’m not an expert at something. If there is a new makeup technique that I might not be perfect at, I keep working at it and practice really does help your skill.

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.
While I’m working towards my goals of becoming a make-up artist, I was simultaneously working at the Four Seasons hotel at Beverly Hills. I was working from 11pm to 7am and then attending make-up school at MUD from 8am-5pm five days per week. The hours were very long, but it really prepared me for a life in film. I also feel like working in hospitality also really helped me to learn how to take care of people and anticipate their needs, which in turn helps a lot when working with talent.

I think the lesson that I would like to give to new make-up artists who are just starting in this business is to not give up. It takes a long time to get a lot of clientele and contacts. If you believe in yourself and work hard towards your goals, then you can absolutely turn this into a flourishing career. Also, in this industry we are always learning. No matter how amazing you might be at makeup, you can always learn something new from someone else. Work at your craft and build your skill and confidence.

If you are interested in doing make-up for TV and film, then I absolutely recommend you work towards joining the union. Once you are in its wonderful to have the support of your fellow union artists. You form incredible bonds with people and the union benefits are wonderful.

Every day I work I feel very blessed and grateful because we have such fun jobs. We get to make people feel beautiful or turn them into characters! I never get bored because I always get to work on different projects that help with my creativity.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a friend visiting Los Angeles I would take them to get an Ube cake donut from Colorado Donuts in Eagle Rock. For a day trip I would head down to Long Beach for hour long adventure on a kayak and then head to 2nd street for some shopping and a quick bite at Saint and Second. For dinner I would go to Connie and Ted’s for some Oysters and cocktails. For Brunch I would always go to Front yard at Garland Hotel.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother deserves a shoutout for being hardworking and teaching me how to have a good work ethic. She has been very supportive of my career choice and always there to help me with things when I need her. I’m a single mother, so heaving my mom there to watch my daughter while I work, has made things so much easier on me. I don’t have to worry about anything because I know my child is in good care during my long work hours. I hope to pass the same work ideals to my daughter in the future.

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