Thursday, April 17, 2014

INGLOTS NAIL COLOR



LOVE LOVE THIS COLOR









The INGOLT O.M BREAHTEABLE NAIL POLISH--dires in minutes--even with two coats
BASE COAT-CHI CEREMIC BASE COAT
TOP COAT INSTA DRI-by SALLY HANSEN

Thursday, April 3, 2014

BRAGGING NAME DROPPING ALERT


AMMA ASANTE-DIRECTOR and all around wonderful person

This gorgeous woman is Amma Asante director 
of the new major motion picture BELLE
I am so proud to say she is wearing my makeup.
I will definitely have more for you later 



******BRAG ALERT****BRAG ALERT******
This photo was actually taken by Martha Stewart herself
Isn't that crazy- lol.  Oh, I just had to share
I have an original Martha hahahaha love it 




Check out the beautiful trailer to BELLE




SETTING RATES -- What I learned from Photographer Fadil Berisha




A DeShawn Hatcher and Fadil Berisha beauty collaboration

I'm going to try and answer some of the recent questions I've gotten about setting rates
BUT first,  you know I got a story for you :)


Back in the day, about 10 years ago. I was a hard a$$ working newbie.  Correction, I was a hard a$$ working in demand newbie.  I would get calls for work often. There were months I'd work everyday (including weekends, yes every day) I turned down nothing.  I was exhausted but exhilarated all at the same time.  I thought I had arrived BAM!   I was working on ad campaigns celebrities, editorials, private clients everything. It's was an amazing time. I was finally able to pay my rent and bills every month WHAT? that was huge.  One day I was having a conversation with the amazing photographer Fadil Berisha, who I totally respected/trusted/adored. He asked how are you? Oh I am so busy blah blah blah.  He asked me the magic question. 

What are you making for all of theses great gigs?   

I proudly say 50-150 a day. He just looked at me and said "DeShawn your work is worth more then that you're just giving away your talent.  He went on to explain how I would be crazy to continue what I was doing. He said "You don't want to be known as the $50 makeup artist.  Here I thought I was doing everything right when in fact I was setting  myself up for failure. He went on to tell me to stop accepting such low ball prices and set a proper day rate.

He continued "of course you're in demand look at what they're getting and they don't have to pay top dollar for it."  

I was so scared, he wanted me to turn down jobs. What? I was finally able to pay my bills--on time and now I'm just suppose to stop making money?  I went home and was just shocked--what am I going to do?  I decided to take his advice.  The very next day I got a referral call for an ad. It was an advertisement with 10+ models (male and female). Oh btw, the budget is low only $150 for the day.  I said, thank you so much for the offer but my budget had gone up, I can't afford to work for such a low budget, but I really do appreciate you calling.  He said.   Oh, no problem Rickie just raves about you. Ill call you when I have bigger budgets  I said that would be fabulous have a wonderful shoot then hung up 

I just sat there totally stunned I had just turned down work.  I felt sick but I stepped out on faith that what Fadil had told me was true.  I did this for the next 2 months turning down anyone who didn't want to pay my rate increase.  I was beginning to panic cause bills are due, over due. Then all of a sudden I got a call and it was from one of those people I had previously turned down. The conversation went: Hey DeShawn, I've got a gig for you, I promise its paying your day rate this time. I was shocked. I didn't even ask.  I had thought that if you turn down work it wouldn't come again.  AND you know, most of my calls went that way. I got my day rate and my terms for payment by asking for it.  Now ain't that something :)

A few months later I had spoken to Fadil and told him what I had done and what the response was. Now I have a really great rate and I get paid on time. 
He said, of course people are willing to pay for something that is good 
If you weren't as good as you are I wouldn't have said a word but you were short changing yourself.  I know how seriously you take this business and you know where you want to be.   He also told me, I had proven myself on all those other jobs (low budget as they may have been)  and though I wasn't getting what I should they could see how good I was. I had built up a solid reputation.
 If you don't ask you will not get. This is a business they will not hand you a thing.
I set my day rate by finding out what other artists who were a few steps above me made.  I decided to cut their pay in half and then take another 25% off lol.  I knew for me there was still so much more to learn and grow.  I would have to be a little more patient the money will come. I could see by their sites my professional side should be upgraded as well  (website/portfolio/cards/resume/bio/skills)

Clearly, I didn't know when it was time to raise the rate for one huge reason.  I wasn't projecting  professionalism, I was projecting desperation.   I was so damn scared of yet another eviction notice on the door I was willing to take anything.  Fear had controlled my destiny to become a professional artist on the level I've dreamt of.

So how do you know when its time--hhhhmmmm 
Can I be honest, that is such an individual answer.  

Some people say calculate your monthly bills, add in gas, cost of your kit and then divide it by some number and Viola,  you've magically got your day rate. What is never discussed in this formula is can your skill/expertise get you that rate. Most likely not--especially when you're new.  Lastly, can your market even handle that rate? 

QUESTIONS
  • Do you have a book/website, do they need to be updated, is the work current?
  • How many hours do you devote to your business?
  • How good are you at your craft (truthfully)? You cannot go by what your friends/family tells you, you need a professional point of view
  • How long have you've been a professional artists? 
  • How well versed are you in makeup?
  • How's your attitude are you diva/divo?  
  • Raise your rate to what from what? $100 to $2000 can you back that up?
  • Do you work on individual clients like brides, salons, special effects etc--what's your experience? Would they give you a glowing recommendation?
  • With every rate there are levels of expectations. Hhmm, let me see how I can phrase this. 
  •  If your makeup is sh$t and you set your rate on par with makeup artists that can do makeup perfect blindfolded for the last 10-20 years THAN you my dear have just ruined what little reputation you have.  Sorry to tell you, You're not worth the money.
  •  SKILL+ EXPERTISE = PAY
  • You've got to be so careful not to let desperation, ego, over-eagerness  propel your thinking to the wrong decisions.  This is a business after all


REMEMBER
  1. Your rate should match your ability and portfolio
  2. You need to know the going rates of artists that are right above your level in your chosen field of expertise.  If you're bridal, special effects, beauty, print you get me--Don't compare yourself to an artist 20 steps ahead of you
  3. In other words don't compare yourself to artists with full portfolios, crazy name dropping resumes and amazing reputations All of that comes in time.  Everyone started from somewhere and from what I know, no has ever started from the top-- especially not these days
  4. Be realistic, be honest with your ability and be patient
  5. If you don't know what your level is ask someone photographers, agents, other artists
  6. Setting new rates shouldn't jump so high that you've priced yourself out of your next level  
  7. My day rate went from $50-$150 to $300+++ The more I accomplished the higher the rate.
  8. Lastly and most importantly--you should always know what the budget is before you even say yes.  If you know in advance that the rate is crazy low you have the right to either negotiate a higher one for yourself or decline. You are in business and you are a freelancer-don't forget that.
NEW ADDITION

THIS IS BY THE FABULOUS MAKEUP ARTIST ANDREA CLAIRE
THIS WAS PLACED ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE BUT I WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU ALL
WHAT THIS AMAZING TALENTED HARD WORKING ARTIST ALSO HAD TO SAY

The Singapore industry needs to read this. Not just makeup artists, but those who hire them too. I can't tell you the calls I get... I rephrase: The insulting calls offering lowball budgets. When I share my rate I am told way too many times: "X artist charges $80." Sphincter says what?!  I occasionally respond with: do it! Hire the $80 artist because I will never be that low (and haven't been in 22 years) Some of those charging $80 are considerably underpaid. Don't be afraid to charge what you're worth!Clients will respect you and your work when you do and also in turn, you will give respect to your peers and industry because we then create a friendly competition that actually makes sense. As freelancers we all negotiate and I do understand rates in different countries and markets will shift but if you want to play with the grownups, pay and charge grownups rates.
(This does not include editorial rates which are dictated by the publication - which can also be ridiculously low here)  ANDREA CLAIRE MAKEUP ARTIST


On a personal note:  I have many makeup angels in my career,  Fadil Berisha is most definitely one of my biggest and earliest. I feel like he discovered me and helped me grow my skills. With his love and patience (with my crazy hard-headed self) I grew into the artist I am today.  Without his guidance early in my career I wouldn't be writing this blog to you all today.   THANK YOU FADIL I will always love and appreciate everything!
GO ALBANIA! 

So now I pay it forward to you.
  Good luck my fabulous artists


*REMEMBER*
 if there's any questions 
you want answered all you've got to do is ask.
Leave below or simply email me :)

oh yeah and join if you haven't


Monday, March 3, 2014

THE GOLDEN GIRL


LUPITA 



LUPITA THROUGH THE  AWARD SEASON

No one had a better awards seasons than Oscar winner Lupita Nyongo

THE OSCARS

Unfortunately I was watching E for my red carpet showing and it proved disappointing  but I managed to find these shots for you all to see.  The fashion and beauty theme tonight was truthfully --BORING/BLAND goes to the Oscars.  The women all seemed like they got together and decided tonight would be the night they were all over dressing.  Many wore bland cream, blush dresses but to make it worse they paired it with nude makeup and kept their skin tones pale. Lots of nude makeup but unlike the Emmy's this nude was exceptionally needing of some form of color and was very dry looking, too much powder, and no luminosity.

This evening is a lesson in what not to do when doing nude makeup looks  You've got to decide on what it is you will concentrate some color even if its the softest side of pink use it.  The ones that did it right was Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Jessica Biel, though her dress was severely sleep inducing I did like her makeup and hair.   Olivia Wilde and Kerry Washington both very pregnant both very beautiful.  Kerry with a deep rich lip and some others  Take a look --

What did you think of the Oscars fashion/beauty?  Let me know below.





Jennifer Lawrence makeup by Ve Neil





Oscar Winner Lupita Nyongo Makeup by Nick Barose


GETTY IMAGES

As I find out who the makeup artists were I will post under the photo

Monday, February 17, 2014

TOP 5 (KIT)

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WHERE TO FIND

ROSEBUD SALVE--Right up front by the cashier as both Sephora and Rickys  $5 or $6

EMBRYOLISSE Lait Creme Concentre $16--heavenly must have for you an your kit  This magical lotion was once only sold in France and all makeup artists would ask the models to bring it back to the US for them.  The skins moisture is returned, radiance restored and does wonders on flaky dry skin.
A DeShawn Helpful Hint: For really dry skin apply 2 quarter sized amounts to the skin, let sit for a minute check the skin for softness and if need be reapply again- Blot any excess viola, done. 
Embryolisse has many fabulous products check them all out at www.embryolisseusa.com

CINEMA SECRETS BRUSH CLEANER  for New Yorkers you can pick it up at either Ricky's  or Alcone Online www.camerareadycosmetics.com--great shipping here, or Amazon.com, OR Cinemasecrets.com  Now you can't say you don't know where to find it -- various sizes various prices

PERO/PRIMA CURL UP JAPANESE EYELASH CURLER $25--you'll thank me Amazon.com
#NEW LOCATION   ALCONE http://www.alconeco.com/Products/Straight-Makeup/Eyes/Eyelash-Enhancement/Tools-Accessories/Preo-Japanese-Eyelash-Curler-Also-Called-Prima

MOO CARDS- us.moo.com


  • Do you use any of these things? 
  • Do you love them as much as I? 
  •  Let me know below :)



Monday, February 10, 2014

I AM SO LOVING THIS BAG

I am one fortunate makeup artist or rather a very "Happy Black Gurl" as the bag states.  I stumbled upon an artist on Esty, Michele Lutz, who does these really cool line drawings.  So I contacted her and was like OMG Love you, Love your work.  She in turn made me this amazingly cool one of a kind bag.  LOOK! she has makeup brushes and an afro--stoppppp!!!!!!

BUT than I said to her "Hey can you do the same for my fabulous deshawnlovesmakeup followers?" and she was like "of course."  So I just had to share.  Not only is she willing to do the same for you she had done several diverse bags as well check out her fabulous site

BUT yes I have a bigger BUT lol,  these bags are one-of-a-kind, drawn to your likeness.  In other words if you provide her with a photo she can (in line illustration) draw your fabulousness with your name and, or saying on the bag. OR you can just choose anyone of her line illustrations on her site they are all just to cute.  OH and did I mention these are all hand drawn so it truly is one of a kind--ok I did but bares to be repeated

AND NOW FOR THE "SHUT UP" MOMENT
--she does all this for $12  YES $12 for the bag   ( Now don't tell me I don't share :) 
Say DeShawn sent you (and no I don't get a kick back, just a kick out you guys getting yours)
We are always looking for something unique-well hello! :) 


So meet this phenomenal Artist Michele Lutz- thats Michele with a single L  http://www.michelewithasinglel.com

BAG SIZE 5X8  Price: $12  great size for all our odds and ends, pencils, accessories or really just cute to have out on the table--and even better no one can steal it lol




she also does luggage tags



Thursday, January 30, 2014

PRODUCING BEAUTY







FEATURED ITEMS
1. Iman Cosmetics Bronzer After Glow
2. Iman Cosmetics Luxury Lip Shimmers-Impetous
3. Face Atelier Eyeshadow Purple Haze
4. NARS Lip Color - Tzigane
5 Iman Cosmetics Perfect Eyebrow Pencil Blackest Brown








Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ASSISTING #3 Here's why we don't answer your emails


The reason why I decided to start this blog was to help out Newbies.   I can't  possibly answer all the emails I get personally so I compile the questions and I write an answer on here so I hit all the folks at once.  Im seriously trying to catch up.  I know what its like to start out and I also know what its like not getting answers or shall I say the truth.   Now the reason for THIS article is just today there was a recent post about why senior artists "snub" newbies by not replying to emails and really it pissed me off.  So my other articles get pushed a side so I can explain. 
Here's why we don't answer you: 

THE QUICK ANSWER
Because they either get a lot of requests for assisting, are working, already have their assistants they work with and don't want anymore and lastly--they just don't want to be bothered


Let me try and paint a picture of a working makeup artist

  • If we are working on a regular basis at least 3-4 days out of the week. (BTW some artist can work everyday for a month without a day off.)  We can be working from 8-12 hours a day on an editorial, or 16 hours a day on a music video, etc.  WE have to normally get up early in the morning and then have a commute, that for some can be well over an hour or more.


  • Some call times can be as early as 5AM with wrap times as late as 1AM (all in one day) You've got to go home, reset your kit for the next day, get some sleep get up and do it again. The next day you've got to be to set at 9AM and your wrap time is 5PM, but the following day you're back to another 5AM call time with a location that can be 2 hours out of your way, and now you've got to go home and revamp your whole kit for a different job tomorrow.  


  • These artists also have lives.  They have to do the same things like everyone else: laundry, feed the kids, be a parent, clean their homes, walk the dog, take care of a sick relative, God forbid they relax, hang with friends, bill their clients, sue their clients lol, work on their kits, get new jobs, etc.  Newbies can be so self-involved that all they seem to think about are themselves and why you didn't get a reply.  Senior artists have lives too.  


  • Do you think you are the only person contacting the artist?  Depending on how well the artists are known they can get hundreds of emails a day, a week or even in the month. Hell, I'm no Pat McGrath but I can get hundreds of emails in a month especially around fashion week--its crazy.  That would take hours and hours of  time to just reply to all.  So when you don't hear back, why do you even think having an attitude is the correct reply?  Just keep it moving and reach out to more artists eventually someone will answer you. 


  • Now,  can YOU imagine opening up your emails everyday with at least 100 emails all personally address to you, with content that reads like a autobiography, and then every single one of them expecting a  website critique, work critique, oh yeah and a personal individual reply. COULD YOU ANSWER THEM ALL BACK? I seriously doubt it


Let me make this clear--an email, an exchange of business cards, a personal introduction (at a trade show) does not guarantee you go to front of the line.  It doesn't entitle you to a front row seat to the artist. It means you've made contact--that's it. And yes, it doesn't entitle you to a timely reply if any--it would be nice if you received one but really, there is no rule saying you get one.  It is strictly up to the discretion of that artist.  It is up to YOU to either cultivate that relationship over time--or not.  It is not up to the artist to reach out to you and see how you are.   If you've made contact, good for you keep it up--follow through and listen to what the artist has asked of you to do if anything.  In other words, if they say write me back in a month--write back in a month


ALREADY HAVE ASSISTANTS

  • Having assistants is a very personal decision.  When I look for assistants I want to know if we can get along, how's your skill, do you get on my nerves, can you follow directions, do you have common sense etc. My long term assistants and I have cultivated a deep connection that adding a new one can throw off the whole dynamic of the team.  It takes so much time (investment) to train an assistant to what it is you need from them, that artists may not have the time nor the desire to go through that process. So many times senior artists can be extremely picky about who will join the team and they have every right to be.


WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY 

  • I keep hearing that KEY artists want newbies to take a class with them before they will even think of you assisting.  Why? because we have to get to know you all first, and your skill level.  By taking the class we can test you out get to know you.  The problem with newbies is (and I will say it again) some of you guys think assisting is a lesson in makeup--IT IS NOT!


BACKSTABBERS

  • I am sure many of the senior artists can tell you story after story about how an assistant tried to poach clients, go behind their backs or just do some serious damage.  Assisting is a skill but its also a trust issue. You guys come into our home, meet our families, know our personal business etc, its a relationship.   I've had some severely shady-ass assistants and when it happens it can seriously knock you off your feet. Depending on the length and time you spent together it can make you question your trust in people.  It can make an artist leery of even thinking about getting a new assistant.  These sneaky backstabbing people truly make it harder for you to be the next assistant.


DO YOU HAVE THE SKILL LEVEL

  • There are lot of Newbies who have no skill set what-so-ever. No website, no resume no nothing. They reach out for an assisting gig.  Assisting requires skills.  Artist like myself who want to give you a break (sometime) , or perhaps let you see what its like to be on a set will throw you a bone and have you "assist." THIS PRACTICE IS NOT NORMAL and personally for me I will not be doing this much longer.  The term "Assisting" is used loosely because what you will be doing is cleaning up work stations getting coffee and helping out the artists with whatever they need. You may even be there to assist the assistant.  You will not be working on any model interacting with anyone if your skill level isn't up to par!


CONTACTING AGENCIES

  • Please please don't waste your time and the agencies time.  The higher the agency the less likely you will be on any assisting list if you don't have a portfolio of fabulous work. YOU NEED AN ACTUAL PORTFOLIO PEOPLE not a Facebook page or Instagram account.   You need to present the most professional version of yourself. They only want artists with real work, who have been published and understands many levels of makeup artistry and what it takes to assist.  They don't want newbies fresh out of school, unless its some kind of internship that comes from your school--totally not the same thing as being on an assistants list.  They want assistants who are almost as good as the Key, or can master what the key asks of you.  If your skill level isn't up to par it will not be accepted.  Just look at the level of artists on their roster. Do you have work that can come close to the calibre of artists you see, can you replicate what you see, do you even know what the agency and artists are all about?



BUT THERE'S NO ONE IN MY TOWN TO EVEN ASSIST

  • When I was on the volleyball team my coach use to tell us to "shag our asses" meaning move it!!!!  If there isn't anyone in your area then take your behind out of that area and reach out to other cities.  No one in your immediate area is not a good excuse, in fact I find it a lazy one. Just because you have to travel out of your state to assist doesn't mean you shouldn't  You'll pass up on a great opportunity. Why do so many think being a makeup artist has anything to do with your locale.  It doesn't, it has to do with you doing whatever you can to get the education and knowledge for you to move to the next level  If that means going to Chicago for a day when you live in Cleveland, so be it or vice versa.  Do you really think people who are in NY have it easier. Hell no--it took me over 1000 emails just to get one assisting gig when I first started and I'm in the golden palace of NY.  Its hard every where.


PATIENCE PEOPLE 

  • If you posses no patience don't bother trying to assist--anyone.  In the past I've had newbies have the nerve to call me with a massive attitude because they feel I'm taking to long to reply to their emails WTF? Needless to say those people never assisted me or anyone else I knew.  It takes just as much patients to be an assistant, then the want to be an assistant.  Realize this process happens over time not after one email, phone call, etc.




How do you feel leave comments below?

Monday, January 27, 2014

THE FIRST EVER HAIR AND MAKEUP AWARDS--GRAMMYS 2014



The Grammys red carpet this year totally disappointed from the clothes to the makeup and hair.  I know the fabulous Glam Squads can only do what they're given permission to do--so this is totally not shade to any of them  We are all in the same boat and I feel your pain, believe me.  

BUT where were the funky outrageous outfits, those obscene see-through--oh-no-she-didn't outfits? 
There's no real water cooler talk-boooo. I mean since when do you wear gowns like Taylor Swifts to the Grammys? It was beautiful but for the Grammys? --yawn. 
I don't know what happened but it was all too safe and boring.

Here are the the people who just made me say WELL DAMN!!!!
So I bring to you the first annual  DLM's TOP GRAMMY'S HAIR AND MAKEUP AWARDS

Or really it should be titled for this year... 

 "Thank you Lord for these people or I wouldn't have had anything to look at awards"

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HONORABLE MENTION--because I couldn't find a good photo


  • THE BEST DARK LIP--Lord
  • LOOKED GREAT BUT DIDN'T WOW-my girls Pink and Katy Perry (love beyond words)
  • BEST SMOKEY EYE- Beyonce stage performance 
  • BEST BLACK GURL BEAT- Queen Latifah--of course done by Sam Fine
  • BEST BRAID OF THE EVENING-Katy Perry ( ladies don't do braids anymore-a mess)
  • BEST WINGED EYE--PINK during the Cover Girl Commercial
  • BEST SHORT HAIR--Alicia Keys
  • BEST DUO EFFORTLESS MAKEUP -Daft Punks Robots DJ
  • BEST ALL TIME ROCKER w AMAZING HAIR-Steven Tyler
  • BEST ENSEMBLE YOU DIDN'T SEE ON THE RED CARPET-Beyonce


Please accept this award in the humor and love it was given and bring it next time!!!!!!

PHOTOS FROM JUST JARED AND E-ONLINE 


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

GOOD NEWS BAD NEWS


GOODBYE to ADESIGN

Well my heart is breaking Adesign Brushes are soon to be no more (insert my tears).  They are ending their run of these fabulous brushes.  BUT the fantastic news is, brushes that use to be $30 are now $7.50  WHAT?????? If you miss out on this blowout sale I question your being a makeup artist.  Ok well maybe not but you'd be nuts to miss this.




Wednesday, January 15, 2014

RED@THE GOLDEN GLOBES




The diversity of the reds were so beautiful at the Golden Globes.  From reds with pinks like Cate Blachett, and Drew Barrymore to deep reds with brown like Jennifer Lawrence, and a beautiful true red on Zooey Des Chanel.  It just proves there is a red for everyone--really.


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We makeup artist talk in code.  
Ex.,"Well I recommend a red with blue, or you'd be perfect for a red with a hint of pink--huh. Well I've tried to take just some of the guess work out of it.   Below are affordable priced lipsticks that can make you look red carpet ready









































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Monday, January 13, 2014

NUDE AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES


LOVE ME SOME JULIA--THOUGHT THE SMOKEY EYE WAS A LITTLE TOO SMOKEY
 BUT THE MAKEUP WAS STILL SO BEAUTIFUL





HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE NUDE MAKEUP OF THE NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!








CHANEL ROUGE COCO

NARS CUTE AND MUNDANE

MAC NUBILE PAINT POT

NYX EXTRA CREAMY PURE NUDE


REVLON SOFT NUDE

TOM FORD BLUSH NUDE





Sunday, January 12, 2014

BEST DRESSED GOLDEN GLOBES

and the winner is......




THE BEAUTIFUL NYPITA NYLONGO
ACTRESS FROM 12 YEARS A SLAVE
(SERIOUSLY PEOPLE JUST STUNNING)









Wednesday, January 8, 2014

PHOTOGRAPHERS-oh where, oh where, can you be?



I keep seeing makeup artist looking for photographers to shoot with--great.  Even asking other makeup artists for their photographers list--wrong.  Don't be lazy -- you're going to have go out there and do your homework and do your research to find the photographer who will give you the break you so desperately need. And you know what--when you do all the work it will pay off for you. Photographers aren' t going to be sitting on your doorstep. YOU have to do the work and go out and find them.  So don't be discouraged--just get a move on

RULE 1--DON'T BE A LAZY ARTIST
Have you searched the internet?--  A simple search of beauty photographers, fashion photographers in your city or the surrounding cities (i.e. for New Yorkers-- try New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut hell, lets not leave out MD/Bmore/DC/VA area too) may be all that is needed.  You may have to travel to a photographer to get your first few photos but it will be worth it--be prepared and ready with your kit

RULE 2-- SCHOOLS
Don't over look schools--that's where I found some amazing photographers--but you have to know what to look for in a great photo.(please read the article at the end of this article)  They always have shows and events showcasing their students--check their sites to see when that comes up.  They also have internal message boards /bulletin boards where you can actually post either a small note --like MUA looking for fashion photographer, or you can leave behind your business/comp card.
AND YES AT EVERY LEVEL YOU ARE TO HAVE BUSINESS CARDS!!!!!!

RULE 3--PHOTOGRAPHY STORES/CLUBS ASSOCIATION/MESSAGEBOARDS
Don't rule out places were actual photographers go--like a photography store (in NY think Adorama), or how about a photography expo again NYC has a huge one at the Javits center. Go to where the photographers are--you'd be amazed at the connections you can make. Check your local papers or do an internet search for photography clubs/associations

BE SMART--DO YOUR HOMEWORK
  • Well just like some mua 's, photographers will post their best work up front to get you to think they're fabulous.  You can be fooled especially when you're new. This is where more investigation is needed.  You must go through their whole site.  Write down your favorite photos and why you like them.  Decide if this photog does what it is you're looking for.  And if he/she does then and only then are you  to contact them.  If not, keep them on file and contact them later and keep it moving. 
  • Keep a file on everything you find.  Keep one on your computer as well as a paper file for tears you may find  Keep notes on when was the last time you contacted that photographer, and what it is you said/wrote. Keep a file on what it is your favorites are doing--do this often
  • You will no doubt find countless photographers but be strategic about what it is you need for them and what it is you can honestly give to them.  Set aside at least an hour a day to research and to find photographers and other team members that will enhance your book
  • Lastly--when you do get through be prepared to ask them a few questions. Be prepared to answer questions.  Keep the conversation short and please have a pen and paper handy just in case they give you a different email or phone number for contact

FOR THE ADVANCED ARTIST ONLY

  • ADVANCED MAKEUP ARTIST ONLY-sorry newbies.  At this stage you've shot a few published editorials, you have a book and you're a little more advanced.  Start looking in the magazines jot down all the photographers whose editorials you love.  Keep a journal or simply tear the tear out of the magazine and keep it under file.  Then contact them.  Reference what it was that attracted you to their work in the first place. Then offer what it is you can do for them.  Set a day to meet and don't you dare reschedule.
  • AGENCY PHOTOGRAPHERS Ok, so now you've got a book with really great tears in them, but still want to reach a higher level of photographers.  Here's where you can now start researching agencies.  Call each of them and see what the protocol is on how to approach the photographers for personal work.  How you can go about submitting your book for them  to review.  YES you need a book full of great tears!
  • Also these agency photographers will also have gallery showings of their work  May not be the beauty/fashion but they will be there. Its a great time for you to introduce yourself--and make an impression
ADDITIONAL INFO
HERE'S AN ARTICLE I WROTE I THINK THIS WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND EVEN MORE
http://deshawnlovesmakeup.blogspot.com/2011/04/life-lesson.html

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