We had the good fortune of connecting with Yara Cadena and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yara, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
I’m pretty sure the most difficult thing was leaving a regular 9-5. That’s security, that’s a paycheck every 2 weeks. That’s a 401k, insurance, an outlet, retirement. But I wasn’t happy. In fact, a few days out of the week I’d cry on my way to work. I’d call my dad and tell him I wasn’t happy, but it paid the bills. I’d tell my husband I wanted to quit and he would say DO IT, but the mom side of me said I needed to help with income, Well, guess what? God made that decision for me. I had a terrible accident and I had to leave. I wasn’t going to get fired, I was a top employee, I wasn’t going to quit, I made great money. My mind was in it but my heart wasn’t. Loved the people and made lifelong friends there, but the job itself took tole on me. So, God took care of that! Forced to find my new normal and do what my heart and mind wanted. I am now in the place I want to be and surrounded by all the love and support. So, was it difficult? YES… would I do it again? YES, this time I’d do it much quicker!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Being a makeup artist, you pretty much have to be open to many styles of artistry. You really have to learn different styles and techniques to be able to accommodate all clients. I’ve had to learn so much and will always continue to learn and evolve. One of the challenges I had was hair, I hated it. But guess what, I had to learn and not only learn but be good at it. I didn’t go to a makeup/hair school so I bought a doll head and went to work. I had to overcome my fear of hair and execute! I’ve learned that I can only be as good as I want to be. No one can determine that but me. In the last year I have really started working with kids! I LOVE IT. I get the best of both worlds. What’s not to love? Kids are funny, expressive, loving, thankful, respectful. They are full of life and spirit. Makes my job so fun all day long! I think it’s a different skill to be able to do a Childs makeup and not make them look like they’re 20 when they’re only 12. We are a different breed of makeup artists. You have your FX artist and you have your kid’s artists. Many different categories in this makeup world. You gotta love kids too! I have found my home here…. I’m proud to say I am a kid’s makeup artist…
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?
OHHHHHHHH. Well, I love food! I’d have to say id take them to one of my favorite spots! Olvera Street in LA. There’s a little hole in the wall place I’ve got to for over 2o years now. My husband took me there when we were dating. It’s called Cieltio Lindo! THE BEST TAQUITOS you will ever have in your life! I’d also love to take them to San Diego. There’s a place called El COYOTE. Best Mexican food in the area and yes, we make that drive a lot just to eat there. Lobtser is out of control! Disneyland… DUH!!!! Happiest Place On Earth in our backyard. Also, the best corndogs! Let’s go have some Cuban food! in Buena Park there’s a spot called ISLA. We were on a search for the most authentic and we found it! The atmosphere is fantastic, the service is incredible and the food is legit. The owners are always there and will come greet you! See! there a theme. FOOOOOOD!!!!!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yeah!! I love this. I could never have done this on my own. My God, my kids, NATE, ISAAC, XAVIER, EZEKIEL, my husband NATE and my parents FLOR AND ROLAND!!! My sister FLOR who has pushed me to do this since 2000! They are my #1 supporters in all I do and all my crazy ideas! They are my backbone and my strength. On my long and exhausting days, to see their faces when I get home, is all the love I need! I truly feel like my boys are so proud of me. To be able to show them things I’ve done and see their reaction is priceless. They just love to see our success and have no idea they are the ones that push me every day! To all my makeup artist friends that have guided me through this industry and have shown me how to overcome many challenges. To the amazing photographers I have been able to create beautiful things with. All their ideas that have come to life through team work! and yes, to all the haters and the negative people that told me I was crazy and couldn’t do if. Guess what? I did it! You motivated me to try more and hustle harder. LOVE YOU ALL!