We had the good fortune of connecting with Rocio Jahanbakhsh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rocio, how do you think about risk?
“Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down”-Ray Bradbury.
Staying in your comfort zone, settling with what you have and not taking risks it’s living to live, not living life. Risk-taking has played a big role in both, my life and my career. In life, leaving home, and coming to a new country, not speaking the language and not knowing anyone, leaving everything we had built, as a family, for years and years and starting all over again, it was definitely a huge risk, but one that has paid off and continues paying off as we grow older, and find new opportunities, and embrace what we had built here in the U.S. And In my career, having worked in the corporate world for over 15 years, and deciding that it was time to leave that behind, leave that security of getting a check, benefits, and having some sort of stability, to start a new career, to start working towards my passion, my dream, and become an artist, was also another huge risks or some may say, Madness. Starting all over again, as a self-employed Makeup artist, in my early 30’s, now as a married woman, and without being familiar with this new territory, not knowing what was ahead and the road I had to walk to open doors, a risk that for the last 6 years has also paid off. I am not someone that likes to settle, I am not someone that stays in a comfort zone for a long time, and even though I am an introvert, and as careful as possible with my decision taking, there’s something in me that enjoys that challenge, that fear of the unknown. My advice for anyone that has fallen into the everyday routine, that is afraid of stepping out of the comfort zone, it’s to start taking risks, even if it is in small steps, once you do, you might discover a talent you didn’t even know you had, or find the passion for life again.
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.
I started my career as a professional makeup artist a little over 5 years ago and I haven’t look back. Makeup artistry life, in the shoes of an artist, is definitely not as easy and as glamorous as one might think, but I wouldn’t change anything, because it has also been a life-changing experience, in a positive way and also so rewarding. It has given me the tools and knowledge to change and help a lot of the woman that have sat on my chair, how? by giving them the opportunity to see themselves in a way they have never been able to, and just by enhancing their features, seen them through my eyes while pointing out their own beauty, and talking to them giving them absolute confidence in themselves. Easy?! that’s not a word that exists in this world, definitely not easy, it has taken a lot of hard work, focus and determination. This career comes with a lot of obstacles, challenges that you have to overcome, and I am definitely proud of everything I’ve been able to accomplish, I am proud of standing tall during the bad days, and I am proud of my perseverance and hunger to learn, and to continue bettering myself. It’s been a lot of sacrifices, a lot of “knocking on doors”, and to that, adding the sleep deprivation that comes with working 15 hour days, back to back, but when you have a passion and a dream, when you have already walked so far, opened so many doors, which I am thankful for, Quitting is not an option, but on the contrary, striving for more of this World is my only way. You learn a lot of lessons along the way, lessons that make you stronger, lessons that prepare you for future jobs, you learn from everyone that you work with, and everyone that you work for.
Nothing prepares you to sail this boat until you go out there and navigate the waters. Teamwork, staying humble and ethics, are, and play an important role, without these, no matter how talented you are, you will only come so far.
“It’s neither easy nor impossible. Everything in this universe ranges from fear to hard work. Just go and get what you want.”- Giridhar Alwar
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?
There’s a lot of amazing locations that you can explore. I love small towns, historical buildings, so I would definitely introduce my friend to as many of those places as possible. We are lucky to live near the ocean as well as the mountains, there’s a lot of National Reserved/Regional parks around, as well as beautiful beaches. If have to name a few places close to me, and great for tourists, we can start with the Santa Monica Pier, as well as Pacific City, Santa Barbara is also beautiful. I also have a lot of interests in cultural and historical landmarks, I feel they are super cool. If you feel like venturing out a bit more, visiting The Hearst Castle, Solvang, or a super cute little town called Piru. The Getty museum and LACMA are also great places to visit and for a cool afternoon or evening under the stars, a show/concert at The Hollywood Bowl, you can bring some Delicious food and wine and enjoy an awesome show outdoors. Old town Pasadena is also one of my favorite places to explore, and of course Disneyland, is also a must or if you are more into movie sets and that stuff Universal Studios is a fun option. The restaurant and bar scene is always available anywhere in the world, also lounges and nightclubs. I prefer to introduce people to the local, small restaurants, I love restaurants that have a story, and soul a different feel from a big chain business. Also, I am a Vegan, therefore drinking and eating would be a totally different experience on its own for any non vegans.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Shoutout for all the risks I’ve been able to take in my personal life, and for having been able to take that risk to jump into a new world and start my new career as an artist, is for my family, my parents, my siblings, and my husband. They have been my rock, the encouragement, and support I needed to overcome my fears and doubts. And a Special Shutout to my Makeup Artistry Mentor, Donna Mee, for believing in me, for believing I could succeed in this career when I doubted myself.
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1-Photographer: Chiaroscuro Fotografia Model: kristen stephensonpino Makeup and Hair: Rocio Jahanbakhsh
2-Photographer: Chiaroscuro Fotografia Model: India Everett PR: Vicky Press retoucher: Matt Brewin Wardrobe Stylis: Alex Clough Makeup and Hair: Rocio Jahanbakhsh
3-Photographer: Jag Visuals Model: Elena Hikaru Makeup and Hair: Rocio Jahanbakhsh
4-Photographer: Chiaroscuro Fotografia Model: Katty Ukhanova Wardrobe Stylist: Rock Etiquette Makeup and Hair: Rocio Jahanbakhsh
5-Photographer: Chiaroscuro Fotografia Model: Katty Ukhanova Wardrobe Stylist: Rock Etiquette Makeup and Hair: Rocio Jahanbakhsh
6-Photographer: Chiaroscuro Fotografia Model: Meagan Lee Wardrobe Stylist: Rock Etiquette Makeup and Hair: Rocio Jahanbakhsh