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Interview: Remi Odunsi / Hair & Makeup Artist

This week Slate sat down with Hair and Makeup Artist Remi Odunsi.
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Tell me, how did you initially get into Hair and Makeup?
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You know, my story is pretty non-traditional. A few years back, I had a quarter-life crisis of sorts. I hated my job, I had broken up with a guy that I was head over heels in love with and felt like this couldn’t be life. I have never been more miserable at any time in my life. One day I woke up and decided to hit the reset button. I remember being in the shower and thinking, “I’m never going back to this job again.” And that was it… I packed up that very day, put in my two weeks and bought a ticket to Africa. I spent a month there and decided that I would need to find some sort of employment upon my return. I had the bright idea to take some headshots to use for LinkedIn and I met a photographer who, after hearing my story, offered me a job. I started working as his assistant and one day hair and makeup didn’t show up so I stepped in and the rest is history. Crazy right!?
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Where do you source your inspiration?
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Well, the reality is that my initial inspiration was the desire to survive in New York City, you know what I mean? But as I continue to grow and find my bearings as an artist, I find that my inspiration comes from each subject’s unique beauty….like the each person’s je ne sais quoi… that indescribable something about a person. What I feel when I meet them. I ask myself, “how can I enhance that? How can I bring that out?”
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Favorite makeup trend from the runway this season?
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I know it’s sacrilegious to say, but I’m not really following the runways. Anything cool and natural is probably something that I would like…
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What is the most glamorous part of the job? And what is the least?
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Hmmm… I mean the most glamorous part of this job is just being here! I’m so thankful to be doing something that I love everyday, it’s like an endless honeymoon! It’s all glamorous to me. That said, the hardest part of the job can be working on location for long hours when its cold.
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Source: Instagram (@remi.mua)
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What has been the highlight of your career so far?
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Oh! So corny but I’m always really excited. I keyed hair and makeup for YSL and just wrapped shooting a pretty big commercial and ad campaign for Maybelline where I keyed hair. Though I wouldn’t call any one job the highlight, I started on Craigslist so I am beyond thankful for the opportunities that I have been afforded – I mean sometimes I’m really astonished!
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What advice would give to someone wanting to pursue a career in this industry?
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Have faith.
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Thanks Remi! To see more of Remi’s work check out her Instagram.