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What I think is unique about me is the entire package that I present when you see "Day The Doll". Being dolled is a lifestyle of luxury, confidence and resilience. My goal is to always leave a lasting impression on every person I come in contact with. What makes me unique is, I try to have a purpose in everything I do with a twist of personality. My goal is to add to the client in any way I can. I love to uplift, motivate and create with my clientele. I enjoy pulling myself in the mind of the client to create a fulfilling look. What makes me unique is my drive to create greatness in any form and the power to boost clients the confidence to help them embody their inner doll. This allows me to be vulnerable to my work.
Daysha, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Make-up Artist?
My passion is to empower and enhance. I believe in society there is a high demand for the perfect representation of a woman. I believe different. I think that all woman are a representation of the perfect woman despite skin complexion or body type. The idea of perfection is based on personal preference not the world's idea of it. My passion is highlighted every type of woman and different types of beauties. Makeup isn't a cover-up for a woman to me, it is a form of artistic expression painted on the face or body. It is therapeutic! I started doing makeup back as a senior in high school in 2013, but I began to take it seriously in 2015. By 2016 I had begun my freelance career as Day The Doll. I could remember being in high school charging $5 for eyeshadow in the auditorium.
Who is your inspiration in life Daysha? How do you keep inspired?
My inspiration in life is my family. I do because they did and continued to do for me. The unwavering support and love motivate me because I know pass or fail they'll be there to dust me off and motivate me to try again because failure is not an option. Out of everyone in my family my big sister is who inspire me. My sister name is Diamond Excell. She is 27 and was born without arms. In spite her disability she has still gone on to accomplish many things including a foundation in her name and a bachelor degree in psychology. Even though she was born without arms, she gets up every day and lives her life to the fullest as fearless as possible. My sister is the driving force behind me noticing the opportunities that could come out of making up artistry. Back in 2013 my sister was a senior in college and wanted to do motivational speaking. She told me if I worked hard and got better I could be her make up artist for all her speaking engagements. After that one conversation, I never saw make up the same again. I could only think about the impact of my sister telling her story and speaking to people while wearing my work. It made me feel like I was apart of something inspirational.
We all make mistakes Daysha; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Make-up Artist; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
A situation I wish I handled differently was an encounter at one of my first fashion shows as a makeup artist. I was invited to participate in a fashion show as an MUA, and when I made it call time, I noticed I was the only freelance artist there. I should've been happy because I was invited and didn't have to audition, which meant I was good enough. But I let the Aveda students and instructors make me nervous. That nervousness was strong that the models felt it. The nerves showed in my work and numbers. I only did four models while everyone else had 7-9. I made the mistake of overthinking and comparing myself/ work to the others. I had already lost before I began. I wish I could've changed this situation because I had the tools and skill set to be there, but my mental state was defeated.
Daysha, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Make-up Artist, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
When working with large numbers of clients, I prioritise them by demand. I like to give myself a decent time frame for each client to get a perfected looked. I also consider the client's skin condition. Acne prone skin may take more steps than someone with clearer skin. I also keep my materials cleaned after each face, organised and ready to use. Depending on the number of clients I may call in my assistant who would then help me do the basic steps of priming and applying foundation.
Please tell us Daysha, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Make-up Artist?
To meet all my top priorities as a makeup artist, I have to keep a paper trail of everything. I have to line sheets, product stock sheets, budgets, receipts and more. All of the year forms came about because when first starting out I found myself putting out money but not profiting much. After months of taking money from both my business and personal account to support expenses, I had to come up with a structured strategy to make things more organised.
Daysha, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Luckily I have pretty good interpersonal skills so, I truly enjoy working with others. A time I successfully persuaded someone to see things my way was at a client product shoot. A client booked me to do their make up for an eyelash extension line. She came to me with a vision of the colours for her eyeshadow, and they were colour that created a smokey eye. Because she was doing a lash shoot and not a makeup shoot, I offered my idea of changing the colours to keep them from clashing with the dark hairs that made up the eyelash extensions. I showed her two samples, one of the looks she wanted originally and then a look that highlighted the design of the lashes. My client ended up choosing my idea, and the shoot was a success.
Daysha, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Make-up Artist. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment as a makeup artist is getting the opportunity to be apart of the 2017 BET Experience in LA. I got to meet many moguls, work with an Instagram personality and network. I was able to assist in a Penthouse Fashion show hosted by DJ Khalid, do make up for the award show red carpet, make up for pop up shops and travel with celebrity clients to events to do makeup.
Daysha, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
The time I was able to be creative with my work was when I got to do a special effects photo shoot for a black lives matter concept. This photo shoot was very exciting for me because I was able to create awareness, conversation and controversy. All good work has a major statement behind it and requires evaluation. In this photo shoot, I had the opportunity to create fake gunshot wounds and bloody tears. This photo shoot was symbolic of the senseless killing of black people in the media today. This photo shoot consisted of a black male and two black females. The concept behind the black male shoot was to bring awareness to the idea of a black man being a threat because of their physical build. For the two women, the shoot was designed to show how the things of the world and society can cause to be mentally enslaved. By tying a rope around one of the young ladies necks in the shoot, I was able to portray an idea that the things of the world can be the same things that suffocate you. The other young lady had bloody tears which were symbolic for the continuous tears of those hurt in the crossfire of this race war, those affected by discrimination, those who still await a verdict for justice, etc.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Make-up Artist?
Practice makes perfect and money! If you don't practice yours, don't improve. I would also tell people who want to be a makeup artist to find a purpose in it. Ask yourself why am I doing this? What am I giving? What am I getting? Always be true to yourself, your craft and never compare yourself, blaze your trail!
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I am looking for collaborations. I am looking for portfolio building collaborations. Anything that can broaden my make up skills in any fashion.