We had the good fortune of connecting with Rita Janikyan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rita, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Art is a way of seeing the world and a way of expression without any words. The role of art in my life means lot. I was only 4 years old when I had the feeling to express myself through art. As I have grown older it became a place to escape the world. Having an artistic career is a commitment as you have in the marriage, I know no matter what, the long term commitment I have with art is tied with my imaginary art ring. I am very passionate about my career, I love showing to people the journey of my emotions and soul in every art that I create. It is a great pleasure to turn your hobby into a source of living. The reason I chose art as my career is because I wake up every day by thinking of solutions and it brings me a pleasure when my works can be more influential than words by itself.
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.
My art is all about imagination that I give a touch of life. My brain creates a character, then it starts thinking of how to bring that idea into a reality. Then I am start preparing everything I need, and thinking of what I need to bring that idea in to life. While in the process, I make a list of products that I need, then I find the right people who are interested in to become a part of my team (models and photographers). That’s where the creative process starts. When I decided to become a makeup artist, beauty makeup wasn’t enough for me and I had the urge to do something more. I challenged myself going to makeup school where I learned from beauty makeup to special effects. Body painting and SFX helped me to share my imagination and experiments with a lot of models and with a great audience. I think there is always a huge room to grow and specialize your skills. I have always faced myself discovering new roads and challenges to become even more professional in my job. I had a chance to work with so many talented and creative people, with celebrities and famous models. I have a lot of publications in different magazines and one of the memorable publication was in “Maxim”, which was a cover photo, and Vogue Italia. In my opinion success comes when you don’t expect it at all, very unexpectedly. Nothing is easy in our lives. All the gals and success I achieve in my life, it is a result of my passion of hard work and a time that I put without taking breaks. As we know time is the most expensive thing in our lives and I always value the time that I spend on the process of creating art. And as I mentioned above, life is like a chain contacting people between each other. New people are always a new opportunity, new connections, success and inspiration.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
First I would think of places where there is a lot interactions, such as museums and historical places (Getty Villa, Getty Center, Norton Simon Museum, the Huntington Library and Botanical Garden and so on….) I always like to share my knowledge with my friends and family, enlighten them with hidden sports in Los Angeles. However, there are so many fun places I would love take my friends, such as Universal Studios, Disney Land, Magic Mountain, San Diego Zoo, and See World, Lego Land, or Las Vegas. There is a big variety of places in California to show around and get lost in all details around us. My perfect dining is to eat sushi at Ahi Sushi and Yamashiro for sushi lovers. There is also a great dinner ideas with a great experience at Clearman’s North Woods Inn, or Medieval dinner where you can eat and watch the show. These types of places are always great ways to show around to people who look for adventures.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother inspired my career; she always showed her support and love on all my projects. She has been a role model for me by being a strong woman and shaped the woman I am in so many ways. She inspired me to fight for my goals, work very hard and never give up. I want to give my thankful gratitude to my mother for making my life so much easier regardless all the trouble and hardship she was going through. Nevertheless, life is like a chain, always bringing in people into your life for a reason to support and stay connected with the trends, I am grateful to those people as well who came in to my life and excelled my skills.
Photographers: Gevorg Gasparyan, Ararel Photography, Dali Ma Models: Marine Minasyan, Pap Pohosyan, Sarah O’Connor