Amanda Robbins, a local hair stylist and makeup artist based in Burbank, California, electrified the set with her artistry. Her stunning work broadens the horizon through a spectrum of tones, texture and styles. Inspired by dynamic concepts, our latest photo illustrated playful, bold color tones to dark, glamour schemes. Nothing was out of reach for Robbins, and with each wardrobe change, we collaborated to build and change seamlessly through every look. She was such a doll to work with, and her talent was breathtaking!
Join me as we welcome her to The Fashion Hub with this exclusive interview and feature editorial for this week!
TFH: Amanda! Thank you for joining us on The Fashion Hub! I can’t believe it has been a month since our latest photo shoot!
AR: Yes, thank you! Time flies, doesn’t it?
TFH: Always! So tell us a bit about yourself! Last we met, you mentioned you were from Arizona – correct?
AR: Yes, I am. When I was in college, I worked on a number of student films for my friends’ academic projects. In the process of doing this, I discovered my passion for doing makeup on set. So after graduating college, I left Arizona for Los Angeles to attend Makeup Designory School in Burbank.
Since then, I have trained in beauty, hairstyling and special effects makeup for films, web series, live productions and photo shoots such as the one we collaborated on.
TFH: Wonderful! I am such a huge advocate for pursuing a career in doing what you love, and clearly you are have an eye for both your expertise. In the time that you have been in this field, how have you distinguished yourself as an artist?
AR: This is a competitive industry, regardless of where you go. As a hair stylist and/or makeup artist, you are your own brand. Your aesthetic style and personality define what your brand represents. You have to be friendly, easy going yet strong to survive. People are going to respect you more for staying true to yourself while staying professional. I like to think of my style as simple and liberating.
TFH: Simple and liberating – love it! Short and sweet! Speaking from personal experience, you left an impression on me because of your professionalism, versatile and quick-to-think skill set, and endearing personality. It is easy to say first impressions do last, and yours is written in my books.
Moving on to our next question. What are some highlights and challenges of a freelance artist?
AR: One of the biggest challenges is and always will be maintaining a steady job flow. The best way to overcome that for me is to never say no to any opportunities that you are given, because they usually lead to something else. Highlights for me are when people love my work so much that they ask me back or refer me to someone else. Small or big wins are always a highlight for me – even after a shoot.
TFH: That is so true. Freelance is often highly dependent on taking opportunities, networking and following up on leads generated from each project. I’m not a freelance artist by any means but I am a freelance writer alongtheside my full-time career as a fashion & beauty and lifestyle blogger. So, I understand and feel your pain points. What is rewarding, though, is the flexibility to make our own hours and seeing wins rise from the blood, sweat and tears we put in. You, essentially, become your own brand and voice in the industry.
While still new to the Los Angeles market, what advice do you have for aspiring and emerging hair stylist and makeup artists?
AR: Echoing what I said before, take every opportunity afford to you but do it graciously and with a positive attitude.
TFH: That is great advice, especially when you are starting out in a new market or industry. Always stay humble, and be open to opportunities presented to you with grace and a positive attitude. So what projects have you been up to since we last caught up?
AR: I just finished working on a webseries for an all female production group called Chicks Making Flicks.
TFH: That sounds exciting! I’ll have to check it out! Thank you so much for taking the time with us, and I look forward to our next project! Until then, support our local gem Amanda Robbins by visiting and contacting her for bookings and events! Cheers!