Rising Celebrities of 2014: How To Become Celebrity Artist

So you want to be a celebrity Makeup Artist or Hair Stylist? There are a lot of artists with the same dream and achieving this goal might seem like an impossible feat. Most “A list” celebrities already have their “go to person” for hair and makeup. Yes, it’s possible that someone will have a falling out with their artist. The stars could align and you very well end up at the right place at right time. It’s not completely out of the question that you end up working with Nicole Kidman, but you have a stronger chance of getting your foot in the door with a rising star.

So how do you know who the next “it girl or guy” might be? You might start out by paying attention to the career beginnings of today’s current young celebrities. It may seem like someone just became an over night sensation, but if you pay close attention, you might notice that many of today’s Hollywood powerhouses like Christian Bale were originally unknown child actors. A lot of today’s top 100 young celebrities like Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, or Channing Tatum got their start either in commercials, television, or bit parts in movies. Stars like Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera got their start on The Mickey Mouse Club. In fact, many major recording industry performers’ careers like Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez were jumped-started by Disney.

My best advice is to start paying attention to what televisions shows are hot in today’s world. Should you work with an unknown actor, keep in mind they might become tomorrow’s big star. Both Jennifer Aniston & Katherine Heigl made to transition from television to film after their shows reached the height of their popularity. Singing competitions like “American Idol” and “The Voice” have thrust into spotlight recording artists like Kelly Clarkson and Danielle Bradbery. There are obscure Youtube artists like Justin Bieber who have become huge stars.

So what are the trends and who are the rising stars of 2014? According to Entertainment Weekly the next “A Listers” will be:

  1. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, a British Actress know for roles like “Dr. Who” & “Touch”
  2. Lo-Fang, a L.A. singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist
  3. Cole Horibe, known from “So You Think You Can Dance” & now becoming hot in the Kung Fu world
  4. John Mulaney, comedian with a pending show on Fox
  5. Rohan Chand, child star know for roles in “Bad Words” & “Lone Survivor”
  6. Margo Seibert, known for the role of Adrian in the new “Rocky” musical
  7. Sam Underwood, know role on “Homeland” & Fox’s “The Following”
  8. Jhene Aiko, R&B-tinged Recording Artist
  9. Jack O’Connell, a British actor known for roles in “300” & “300: Rise of An Empire”
  10. Angel Olsen, Recording Artist known for single, “Forgiven/Forgotten”

The new television stars to watch for according to Us Weekly are:

  1. Tracy Spiridakos, Appearing as Charlie Mathison in J.J. Abrams’ sci fi drama Revolution
  2. Andrew Rannels, Best known as Elder Price in Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, Rannells also appeared as Hannah’s gay ex-boyfriend on HBO’s Girls. And most recently, The New Normal.
  3. Dakota Johnson, The daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith appears on FOX’s Ben and Kate as Kate Fox
  4. Stephen Amell, Canadian actor Amell made a splash in his home country on the TV series Rent-a-Goalie and has had roles on The Vampire Diaries
  5. Jordana Spiro, Starring for four seasons on TBS’ My Boys, Spiro appeared in roles on Dexter, Cold Case, and CSI: NY before landing her current gig on FOX’s The Mob Doctor.
  6. Taylor Kinney, Vampire Diaries alum Kinney — known of late as Lady Gaga’s on-again, off-again boyfriend — will suit up as one of the leads on Dick Wolf’s Chicago Fire this fall.
  7. Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep’s daughter — who married actor Ben Walker in 2011 — will follow her successful stint on ABC’s Off the Map with this fall’s role on another medical show, Emily Owens, M.D.
  8. Zach Cregger, As the creator of New York City comedy show The Whitest Kids U’Know, Guys With Kids‘ Cregger made his feature film debut in the Drake Bell-Nick Zano flick College in 2008.

And just a few teen/child stars to keep on your radar:

  1. Ariel Winter, known for Alex Dunphy in “Modern Family”
  2. Bella Thorn, known for As Ruthy Spivey in “My Own Worst Enemy”
  3. Birdy, singer/ songwriter Debut album “Birdy”
  4. Chandler Rigs, As Carl Grimes in “The Walking Dead
  5. Chief Keef, Rapper known for Single “I Don’t Like”
  6.  Chole Moretz, As Chelsea Lutz in “The Amityville Horror”
  7. Danielle Bradbery, Winner of The Voice season four
  8. Dakota Goyo, As Max Kenton in “Real Steel”
  9. Elle Fanning, As Jamie in “Daddy Day Care”
  10. Cody Simpson, Pop/R&B singer, songwriter Debut EP “4 U”

Now that you know who to look out for, you might be wondering how to get in touch with these artists. When approaching a recording artist usually their manager is the best person to contact. When approaching a celebrity, you will most likely be contacting their publicist. Publications like IMDB and Who Represents are great resources for finding out the correct person to approach. Before approaching a new artist, make sure you have a body of work in your book that is celebrity friendly. This means your book should have “on-trend” red carpet appropriate makeup and not over the top avant guard styles or creature effects. You should have magazine quality photos, editorials tears, and pictures from the red carpet when possible. So keep your eyes peeled for new talent, do your research, and keep your portfolios up to date. Once you have done these things, you are ready to start building your celebrity client base. But remember the bottom line is that you will be often chosen to work with a particular artist because you are a good personality match. Your talent is very important but personality is a huge factor. Remember you can pursue them but ultimately they will choose you.


May 2, 2014. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Networking with LA Femme Filmmakers

So you want to work in in the film industry and you don’t know where to be begin. It all starts with who you know and what happens if you don’t know anyone? You have to network! That means you have to go to as many events in your area as possible, have lunch with people who’s work you admire, and join as many organizations you can afford to. This month we are co-hosting an event with the director of LA Femme Film Festival to provide networking opportunities with filmmakers. We are expecting over 150 people to attend. Please join us for food, drinks, and networking with Hollywood directors, producers, and more.

In addition to our networking event in May, The Hair & Makeup Artist Network website has a list of additional networking opportunities in your area. Please visit http://hmartistsnetwork.com/other-networking-events

Michelle Lee
Makeup Maverick

May 13, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Hair & Makeup Jobs, Hair & Makeup Marketing, Networking, Uncategorized, Working as a Hair or Makeup Artist. Leave a comment.

The Hair & Makeup Artist Network’s Testimonial For Success!

About a year and a half ago I got a phone call from a Bollywood production company looking for a Makeup Artist with a background in film. Immediately I started going through the profiles of artists in our database and called all the artists that they worked in film. Out of a hand full of people, only Makeup Artist Robin Slater returned my call. Since we are not any agency, I just gave her the direct contact information for the company. I didn’t know it at the time, but the film had fairly decent size budget. Not only did it have a decent size budget, it is now being backed by Fox Searchlight! Robin Slater not only got to work on the film, she and an assistant spent most of last year working in India. Now that the film is complete, advertisement for “My Name Is Khan” are popping up everywhere including in Times Square! Who would have ever thought one little advertisement for The Hair & Makeup Artist Network in LA411 would provide one artist with such a life changing experience! As Robin Slater puts it, “If it wasn’t for you and your network I would have never worked on this job.”

We may not be an agency, but we do give job referrals. So does our network help people? You bet! The proof is in the Bollywood pudding! And if you don’t believe me, just ask twenty year industry veteran Robin Slater! Now we don’t promise that everyone will get a trip to India by joining our network, but there is something to be said about networking and being in our database. Not to mention we offer a lot support and other benefits to network members.

To learn more about “My Name Is Kahn” visit http://www.foxsearchlight.com/mynameiskhan/
or visit Robin Slater on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/search/?init=srp&sfxp=&q=rob%20s&o=2048&lo=2419698&ed=&wk=#/profile.php?id=1039035657&ref=ts

To learn more about our network: www.hmartistsnetwork.com

Michelle Lee
Makeup Maverick

February 1, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Hair & Makeup Jobs, Hair & Makeup Marketing, Uncategorized, Working as a Hair or Makeup Artist. Leave a comment.

So What Is The Hair & Makeup Artist Network Anyway????

For the past couple of years, I have been posting blogs under “The Hair & Makeup Artist Network’s Marketing Tips.” So what exactly is The Hair & Makeup Artist Network? Is it a blog? Is it just another fan page on Facebook? Or is it another social networking website? To put is short, we the first real live networking organization for Hair & Makeup Artists by Hair & Makeup Artists. I say, “real live networking organization” because we aren’t just another social networking website. Our goal is to provide networking opportunities through networking events, business education for self-employed artists, business tools, and business resources. Our goal is to be “One Resource For All Your Freelance Business Needs,” so you can be more successful at what you do. Lets face it, business isn’t exactly taught to freelance artists. It’s something you learn along the way. Whether you like it or not, the creative profession you chose is a business. So we are here to help.

Networking organizations are nothing new. They have been around much longer than social networking websites and most every industry out there has one under their belt…..except Hair & Makeup Artists. There is the Chamber of Commerce, The For You Network, Women in Film, Film Independent, Los Angeles Music Network, and list could go on and on.

It always strikes me as odd that we don’t have a networking organization when most of the work we get will be from networking. I guess the fashion and entertainment industry has been operating for so long on agents, unions, and now the internet that it never occurred to anyone a networking organization was needed. But the industry is changing. It becomes more and more competitive every day. I really believe that ones who will survive are not only the talented, but the networkers and the hustlers. It is not an industry for the weekly paycheck collector. You have to be willing to invest time, money, and effort to be top artist in this business. You have to really want it and you have to be persistent about it. Not only that, but the competition is now calling for you to be not only a great artist, but a shrewd business person as well. This means you will have to network to find the work, keep track of your inventory (your kit), negotiate what you are worth (your rate), know the labor laws (be the attorney), advertise your services (the marketing department), and do your invoicing/taxes (the accountant).

The Hair & Makeup Artist Network is just trying to make it easier for you by providing you with:

1. Live networking events( http://losangeles.olx.com/international-fashion-entertainment-networking-event-iid-68353392)
2. Business education on topics ranging on financial planning, rate negotiation, publicity, self-promotion, networking, and more. Our classes exist in real time and online in our virtual classroom www.hmartistsnetwork.com/client
3. Marketing tools and services such as website design, email marketing, direct mailings, business card creation, and so on
4. Discounts on trade publications like Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Makeup Artist Magazine
5. Free financial counceling for network members
6. Production listings
7. Artist profiles
8. Networking & marketing links
9. Informational about additional networking opportunities in your area
10. Product Education & online shopping
11. And everything else you need.

On February 1st our new and improved website will launch. The new website will have full page artist profiles, employer profiles, and much much more.

For more information on The Hair & Makeup Artist Network benefits visit https://www.hmartistsnetwork.com/becomeamember

Michelle Lee
Makeup Maverick

January 19, 2010. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

What Is Your New Year’s Resolution?

It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by. This year will be my 10th year living in Los Angeles. It’s true, things have been rough out there. I think now is the time to step back from everything and rethink your career in 2010. Ultimately, where do you want your career to take you? Once you have decided that then you can start to formulate a plan of attack:

1. Ask yourself where do you want to be five years from now or ten years? Do you want to be with an agency in join the union?

2. Decide what it is you are really great at doing and what do you want to be most known for in your industry – from there you can start to brand yourself

3. Create career goals for yourself on a monthly and yearly basis that will help you get to where you want to be much faster

4. Create a budget for yourself and stick to it. Once you understand what your living expenses are then you can figure out how much money you can afford to spend on self-promotion.

5. Do some research on the on what economic trends can impact your profession. This may seem boring but its better to know and be prepared rather than be a struggling artist

6. Don’t forget to include networking into your budget – it can be your biggest promotion tool as a freelancer

7. Diversify your income. Don’t rely solely on your craft for income

The saying goes, “If you fail to plan then you can plan to fail.” All successful business are well thought out so plan things well. If this is all overwhelming to you, then you should consider getting a career consultant. The Hair & Makeup Artist Network has consultants to help you will all aspects of your career. Whether it’s help with self promotion, career strategy, or branding and publicity, we can help.

To start the new year out right visit: http://www.hmartistsnetwork.com or call 323 913 9375.

Michelle Lee
Makeup Maverick

December 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Hollywood Hair & Makeup Artists Give Back!

Microsoft Word - About UBCF and FAQ.docI’ve been working as a Makeup Artist for nearly fifteen years now, and most of what I do is pamper other people. I think it’s good karma to be of service to other people. I was just working with 70’s sensation,Yvonne Elliman over the weekend and she told me something that really resonated with me. I was asking her if she still kept in touch with her castmates from “Jesus Christ Superstar” and she said, “No, we all just seem to somehow go back to our own lives, but she read somewhere that Ben Vereen mentioned if he was ever stranded on an island somewhere, he would want it to be with her.” I said, “Wow, that’s a great testament to you and how you can touch someone’s life that much without realizing it.” The point is, Yvonne hasn’t really seen Ben Vereen that much over the past few years, but he still remembers her with warm regards. Yvonne didn’t even realize that she left that much of an impression on him, but she did touch his life.

You can make a difference in someone’s life with just a small gesture and this gesture can stay with a person for a lifetime. For this reason, The Hair & Makeup Network has teamed up with the United Breast Cancer Foundation to provide a day of pampering to low income women afflicted with breast cancer. Details are as follows:

Sunday October 25th 2009

Mothership Salon: 6111 5th Street Los Angeles, CA 90048
12pm to 4:30pm – 50 women will be receiving haircuts, makeup, and massages
6:30pm to 9:30pm – Pink Carpet Cocktail Reception
Cocktails Provided by Pama Liqueur and Appetizers Provided by Trader Joes
Surprise Celebrity Guests are Expected to Attend
Tickets are $50 (1/2 of the proceeds go to the charity)
Silent Auction will be held. 100% of the silent auction proceeds benefit the foundation.

To RSVP or donate- call 323 913 9375

We will also be needing volunteers for the event!

Michelle Lee
Makeup Maverick

September 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Do you have a difficult time negotiating you rate?

michelle One of the things that we as artists struggle with is negotiating money. It’s something that we never feel comfortable doing, but its certainly a necessary evil. The problem is that if you negotiate too high you’ve bid yourself out of a job, but if you bid too low you’re undervaluing yourself. When I worked as a Makeup Artist in Washington D.C. it was pretty simple. All the artists had set rates. It was considered a huge no-no it low-ball the “set rates.” Unfortunately this was not the case when I moved to Los Angeles. It seems like the rates are all over the map here. I found myself making up numbers that were great for Virginia but certainly not for L.A. Out of ignorance, I was working for way less than what I could have made.

Since then I have done my research and now I know what to charge. But what do you do if you’re just starting out and you have no idea? I think it’s really important for all artists to know what the standard rates are and how to get paid what they are worth. This is one of the reasons I started The Hair & Makeup Artist Network. I really wanted to give both working artists and new talent support and a point of reference for their careers.

Recently at The Hair & Makeup Artist Network we launched “The Virtual Classroom.” The Virtual Classroom is a collection of classes we have had in the past with top people in the business. What makes us different is that we touch on topics that other people don’t, like negotiating rates. Don’t be left in the dark. Do your homework and start getting paid what you are worth.

For more information on this subject visit:


Learn from the best in the business by clicking on “Rate Negotiation with Imari from Cloutier Agency.”

Michelle Lee

Makeup Maverick


January 19, 2009. Hair & Makeup Jobs, Uncategorized, Working as a Hair or Makeup Artist. Leave a comment.