Life well spent is long – Leonardo da Vinci
And Setasha Adesimi is in for the long haul.
A graduate of Delmar College, Setasha has gone on to a wonderful career in makeup artistry and can add curriculum development to a resume that boasts a true passion for the industry. Our programs are only as good as the people who write them and without her our makeup programs would not be what they are today.
I was pondering something the other day:
What makes the beauty industry so exciting and enticing?
The answer I can come to is simple in word, but not so simple in execution.
We know that the makeup world is ever changing. There is always a new ad campaign. Always a new video or tutorial on social media. Always fresh new faces and looks. So how do we keep up?
With people like Setasha, that’s how.
I wanted her perspective on things, so I sat down with her and asked some questions
Where do you find your greatest inspiration?
I find inspiration in everything. Nature, textures, smells, everything I see touch or smell has some kind of inspiration for me and I always try to find ideas in odd things so my work can be unique.
What advice can you give someone looking to break into the makeup industry here in Calgary?
Network! Keeping in mind that networking is about so much more then a phone number or a Facebook friend. Its all about building professional relationships with people in the industry! Another important piece of advice is be nice!! You would be surprised how many makeup gigs you can get based on your personality alone!
What is your favourite look?
I love strobing! Its a great technique to highlight the skin and makes the skin look fresh!
Who is your makeup icon?
Kevyn Aucoin was pretty amazing, his books are very informative and inspirational.
How have you seen the industry change over the past few years?
It has changed quite a bit! There are so many new and exciting career paths for makeup artists these days whether it’s teaching your art, working as a freelance artist or even becoming a YouTube guru!
How has that affected the way you deliver a makeup course?
I love telling my students to look online and find YouTube or Instagram inspiration. Social media is a great tool that we have access to and that enables us to connect with so many like minded individuals around the globe! I have also revamped the makeup curriculum so we cover a larger range of different career paths to fit everyone’s makeup dream and passions!
What inspired you to become an educator?
Education was something I always wanted to get into. I was always so inspired by my teachers and really looked up to them. I always thought it would be a fun career path but the funny thing is that I was terrified of public speaking! I love that through my teaching position at Delmar I have REALLY grown in that department! Now public speaking is all I do and what I love to do! I think it all goes back to feeling very inspired by my teachers. I have a huge passion for people and a great desire to help people achieve their goals and dreams!
What is the biggest take away you want a student to walk away with?
I think the biggest take away would be never give up on your dreams! Whether you want to become a celebrity makeup artist or work on a movie set don’t ever think you are dreaming to big! There will be difficult times BUT with hard work, dedication and passion any dream is achievable!
What was your experience as a Delmar student?
It was great! It was like a family away from home and still is that to me now!
Thank you Setasha. All I can say is…
Inspiration breeds inspiration
no gimmicks. just great education
See more of Setasha’s work:
On the web: http://www.artistrybysetasha.com/