So I had an unexpectedly eventful weekend! I was planning on just relaxing this weekend and getting ready for all I had to do next week. But, one of my makeup buddies Nicole Rogers let it be known that she was approached to assist celebrity and TV makeup artist J.K. Hunter for the Allstate Gospel Superfest but that she couldn't do it. Nicole recommended me to fill in for her and I was picked!
Thankfully I keep my kit in perfect working order with clean brushes because 9 p.m. the night before the event is when I found out I would be working! I was so extremely excited. I connected with J.K. over the phone and by the time I woke up the next morning, she'd already located my website and main social media pages. See, it pays to have your stuff together because you never know what will fall into your lap or when it will happen ;-)
I had a client up north the morning of the event. So I made sure to stop by Fantasy Costumes on the north side of Chicago for some Graftobian foundation. It's a huge costume shop that is about a block long. They have a nice little theatrical makeup section full of the main theatrical makeup brands.
I picked that up, threw that in my kit and then headed to the House of Hope, where the event was held. I must admit that I was excited but nervous to work with J.K. Hunter. But as soon as I met her, she immediately put me at ease.
She was so nice and gracious. She almost immediately started giving me tips ranging from products to keep in my makeup kit, marketing, kit organization, working with others, building a resume, etc. She is truly a goldmine of information. And one of the most amazing things is that she doesn't mind sharing what she knows.
I am not someone who takes it for granted when someone much more wiser and accomplished is nice enough to share information with me that will help me. So I tried my best to be a sponge and I came away with over a page of notes that I scribbled in between makeup applications.
One of the highlights of the night was definitely getting to apply Jessica Reedy's makeup. I have always loved her music. To be honest with you, I was taken aback by how warm and genuinely nice she is. She truly has a beautiful soul to go along with her beautiful spirit. I enjoyed applying her makeup and I felt good that I helped her get ready for her performance.
In addition to makeup applications for women, I also did my fair share of men's grooming for some of the male artists in attendance such as Malcolm Williams. A lot of the artists on the program came to the makeup room just to speak to J.K. It was nice to see so many of the artists that I am used to seeing on TV in their natural element. Everyone was in a really good mood and very friendly.
And, in addition to sharing the same makeup room with J.K. Hunter, I was working with a team full of established and successful celebrity makeup and hair artists. Niehla O, Jay Bee Bivens and Thee Gaines completed the group. I share a mutual friend with Niehla O and I've been hearing about her for a long time. So it was great to connect with her in person. I really enjoyed the company of the other artists and it was great working with them on that night!
Overall, I have to say that I've been pretty blessed with experiences to work with several heavyweight veteran makeup artists and pick up priceless tips, techniques and knowledge from them. All that I experienced Saturday night was a wonderful addition to the list. I am truly grateful for all that J.K. showed me and taught me and I am already working on implementing it into my flow.
And to top it all off, my stepdaughter Kyra sang a solo for her singing group Joshua's Troop. She was probably the youngest soloist of the night and her group performed after Tye Tribbet. I made sure to slip out of the makeup room to hear her sing. I am so proud of her and just really looking forward to seeing her continue to grow in her singing gift!