@WithLovebyK or @KingKelsie
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I would describe myself as a very versatile artist; I have my hand in everything and I love what I do. I love when my clients are happy and when I get to see my work on a screen and I'm proud of it. I'm the type of person who doesn't like to leave a job half done...I give it my all and I do my best to make sure it's right. Low-key perfectionist lol. I've been doing hair since I was 11 years old and loved makeup since FOREVER lol. My mom used to sell Mary-Kay when I was younger...not that I wasn't already playing in her lipsticks. I knew at the age of 4 that this was what I wanted to do, even though I didn't take a straight path to it. It actually became my saving grace I should say. This career became a type of hope for me in some ways. I'm grateful to God for it.
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Our readers would love to get to know you more Kelsie. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I would say that everything I do, I make sure to do with love...I don't know many people who can say that about their careers. I wake up every morning with no regrets. That's a beautiful feeling because I remember what it felt like to dread getting up and going to work; to not be completely and utterly happy with what was happening or going on with my life. It's amazing what you'll do until you discover what freedom feels like...and I'm free.
Kelsie, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Make-up Artist?
I definitely want to be known for my work. As I said I'm a very versatile artist so whether I'm dancing in a show on tour, singing in a band, or doing hair and makeup for an artist or photo shoot, I want people to see my work and I know I did it. That I left nothing unfinished and that it was done with excellence. I want to have my own salon one day and teach people what I know while traveling the world and encouraging others in the field and out of the field. Sometimes people just need to know that they are ALREADY beautiful and you're just there to ENHANCE that. At age 11 I had my first braid client...my neighbor's daughter. From there it grew to my friends and then eventually adults...people I didn't even know, asking me to do their hair. I was always good with makeup but really took that to the next level when I decided to get my cosmetology license.
Who is your inspiration in life Kelsie? How do you keep inspired?
This is a very vast industry. I can't say that I'm inspired by one person or thing, especially since I service ALL textures of hair and skin tones which is rare in the Beauty Industry. I will say that people inspire me daily. With social media on the rise, you really can't miss a beat. Something new is always out and clients want it. People are posting their ideas every day. That simply inspires me to try something new, or perfect what I already know, or even be more creative and experiment to the max lol. I'm never bored because I don't just do what type of hair texture or one way of doing makeup. My world is diverse so there is always something different and new for me.
We all make mistakes Kelsie, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Make-up Artist, you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Before I started working for myself and was still in someone else's salon, I definitely had moments where I had to learn to separate my friendships from the business. Being a southern girl, I'm very family oriented, very friendly and loving and when you move to a big city or just in the work environment period, you can't always be 100% of yourself. Every person has their own boundaries and where I was fine with a greeting hug, others were good with a simple hello. I definitely made a few mistakes there and caused some people to be uncomfortable and I didn't know but that's life. You live and you learn. You have to be ok with being uncomfortable sometimes and even more ok when people don't like you.
Kelsie, 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 prioritizing your clients’ needs?
I had to learn to put myself in my client's shoes, see things from their point of view and adjust; make certain aspects of my job a priority that I didn't see as one before but that I knew was important to them. And even go beyond that at times to make them feel important and special. Organization, consistency, and great customer service is key.
Please tell us, Kelsie, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Make-up Artist?
When I was finally out on my own, I didn't have the security of a 9-5 anymore. It was just me. I had to rebuild my clientele, get people in my chair, advertise myself and what I did. In a way, I had to make myself bigger than what I was to get what I really wanted, but I knew I could do it. I'm definitely the type to put my money where my mouth is. It was hard work, and it still is a job on its own but it has been completely worth it.
Kelsie, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
A lot of times clients will come in with a specific idea; not all work for them. I let them make their own decision, always, but as a professional, I do give my recommendations. I list the pros and cons of the situation and allow them to choose for themselves. 95% of the time they go with what I suggested and the other 5% realize later what I meant after it was done, yet still respect my professionalism to communicate with them.
Kelsie, 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?
One of my proudest moments was with a client who came to me from another stylist. She was having some issues with her hair breaking and even maintaining length. It was very thin from heat damage and she came to me to get some protective styles. We did various braids and twist (all using the invisible installation method for no tension) and even a weave at one point. Each time she came back she had a new report about how her hair was getting so thick and long. How it was fuller and stronger and even more healthy. She periodically went back to her old stylist to get her hair straightened and even the stylist couldn't believe how healthy her hair had gotten. Those moments my clients come back to me with the results they never thought they could have...those are my proudest moments. Those are the moments they feel beautiful and confident and I helped them feel that way.
Kelsie, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I was in my first braid competition about a year ago. I think the hardest part was being creative and trying to do things people haven't seen before or thought of. It was exciting because it was a new experience for me but difficult for the same reason. But apparently, I did something right because I won 2nd place and was featured in Nov 2016 Issue of Cosmo Biz.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Make-up Artist?
Always be open to learn and to grow. There are many opportunities out there and our industry is constantly changing. If you love it, do it and never give up no matter how hard it gets! If you don't...you're in the wrong industry. This industry is about service, it's about love and sometimes that means putting your pride down to get the job done. But trust, when it's done...you'll be so proud you did.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands, and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes, I would absolutely love to collaborate with everyone actually! I'm always looking to be a brand ambassador for a great company - I do model myself. I absolutely love working on set or photo shoots doing hair and makeup for a brand or models/photographer or artist, whether creative, avant-garde and editorial or corporate or even bridal. I also love to travel so if you like my work and you would like to work with me...I'm there! Just hit me up!
Now for the best part Kelsie! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer: Kelli Scates @kscatesstudios Wardrobe: Bridgette Denise @bridgettedenise Makeup: Kelsie Lyn @WithLovebyK Hair: Cover Photo/Photo 1 - Kelsie Lyn @WithLovebyK Hair: Photo2-8 Rae Lynn @raelynnhairstudio