GlamModelz Magazine interviews Makeup and Hair Stylist Jodi Vaughn of Portland, Oregon, Jodi has a unique style that is all her own. Her creativity is very well know across the Pacific Northwest, and is rapidly becoming a nation wide recognizable name in this industry. She has a flare that is truly Vaughn-der-ful!
GlamModelz Magazine: What first got you interested in hair and make-up? Jodi: As a child, my mom was one of the top Mary Kay saleswomen in the country. So, needless to say we had more makeup around the house than one little girl knew what to do with. Often you could find me hiding in the makeup closet coming up with my own versions of five year old glam. And then there was Carolyn, my moms hair dresser. She was amazing, a tall woman with bright red permed hair and a fantastic loud laugh. This was the 80′s , she was at the height of fashion and I thought she was it. She had the best stories of what sounded like the most glamours life ever, it was what I wanted to be.
GlamModelz Magazine: What can models and photographers expect in working with you? Jodi: Well, I am pretty laid back and fun to work with. If you can dream it up I will be more than happy to make it happen. I always have extra hair and accessories on hand to play with. I love to help and never mind pitching in on holding a reflector or light. Actually, if I ever get tired doing makeup I may have a lucrative career as a camera assistant…haha
GlamModelz Magazine: I noticed you do a lot of work with Julian Wilde, can you tell us what that is like? Jodi: Well you walk off the elevator on the top floor of this historic building downtown you are instantly transported to some palace in Paris, crown molding everywhere, gorgeous little things tucked around the room, a grand ballroom with a magical stage and the architecture will drop your mouth wide open. Then you are greeted by Julian Wilde, with a giant “HELLLOOO!!”. He will make you a drink and give you the run down of the days shoot. On the way back to the makeup room I will always stop by the office where Raven Wilde sits behind her giant marble desk always looking beautiful. We will look all her new amazing finds, she has a mind-blowing collection of accessories, shoes and clothing. Her shoe wall alone will make any red blooded woman giddy with excitement, floor to ceiling shelves of the coolest shoes ever made.
Once the model is out of makeup and hair, Raven will dress them and then Julian works his magic with lighting and fantastical sets, all of which he dreams up and builds himself. It is not rare to find Julian on a fifteen foot ladder, painting, or constructing something right before a shoot all in Versace I might add. A shoot with the Wildes can take anywhere from two hours to all day, either way it is always a great time. Watching and listening to Julian work is priceless.
GlamModelz Magazine: What is the most extreme request you have gotten to date? Jodi: Well…I do do a lot of extreme looks, but the one that comes to mind first was painting a model head to toe in white paint, every inch of her had to be white, EVERYTHING!! Lets just say we got real close that day.
GlamModelz Magazine: Any advise for aspiring makeup artists?
Jodi: SHOOT with AS many people as possible! Different styles, different levels, different models it all equals a diverse portfolio and each shoot can be a huge learning experience. Practice! Practice! Practice on anyone who will let you, chase them down if you have to. Do not be afraid to play around with makeup. Not everything has to be extreme to make a statement, sometimes a little can make just as much of one. Also, there are so many different makeup manufactures out there, don’t be afraid to check them out, you may find something your kit just can’t live without.
You will not always get paid, especially at first. Doing trade shoots is a great way to meet people and build your portfolio. If you show up with a great attitude and put some effort in what you are doing you will be surprised how fast you can build a good reputation. On the other hand if you are late, “flakey”, gossipy or just uninterested you will also be surprised how fast that reputation can turn into a bad one. Just remember even though you are having fun it is still a job and at the end of the day a polite professional attitude will win out and make everyone’s life a little easier.
GlamModelz Magazine: Where did you receive your training? Jodi: My formal training was done at The International Academy in Florida, where I received my license for hair, skin and nails. Although, I started young making up and cutting hair on my Barbies then friends.
As a huge believer in continuing education, I have attended countless classes learning from the industries top professionals. Continuing education is worth every penny (sometimes it’s even free!) because the knowledge you learn is so helpful in your craft and opens you up to new ideas.
GlamModelz Magazine: If you could dream of any gig in this industry what would it be? Jodi: Funny you ask this because it is actually a question I have thought about a lot lately. The Northwest photographers and clients I have worked with have defiantly kept me busy. They all have such different styles and visions, but I have recently found myself daydreaming of giant editorial shoots in London or Paris. I would not like to move there permanently or anything (I love Portland way too much) but a month or two long “working vacation” would just be dreamy!
GlamModelz Magazine: Tell us a little about what or who inspires you? Jodi: There are so many sources to draw inspiration from that I find in my friends, photographers, models,designers, random people, magazines, nature,beauty, love, hate, music, but mostly when it comes down to it, it is the raw canvas of the subject I am working on. It may sound a little cheezy but I really do look for the beauty in everyone I work on. There is always something that is beautiful about someone, whether it be lovely eyes or seductive lips, being inspired by it paints the whole picture in my head to translate.
GlamModelz Magazine: What do you think of the industry? anything you would like to see changed? Jodi: The industry as a whole has been pretty good to me. There are so many different styles and avenues that models, photographers and Mua’s can go in, to me that keeps it interesting. Working with so many people in the industry I have run into some types that I wish would go away, 95% of people I work with are none of these types and are completely amazing, but there are those few; the gossipers, please stop. It really makes the whole shoot uncomfortable and it makes you look just as bad in the long run. It will be hard for people to trust you or even stand up for you if someone is gossiping about you at some other time. Find something else to talk about, shopping, music, unicorns, whatever..just stop. The complainers, if I have not even touched you yet and you are already complaining about things, it is not a good sign. Have some trust, even if you have not been happy with an MUA in the past. It is just a bad way to start things off, relax and have some faith, you may be surprised! And if it is totally horrible you can always just blame the MUA anyhow. FLAKES! Seriously, this could be my major pet peeve. If you have a legit reason, okay. But your grandma and dog can only die so many times. There is a lot of effort that goes into a shoot and to cancel at the last minute or just vanish all together is just not good. Then to do it over and over, even worse. Like I said at the beginning, almost all of who I work with is none of these, this is just a collective of individuals I have met over an 8 year span of time.
GlamModelz Magazine: Do you have any personal projects you would like to do, or have done? Jodi: Yes! Recently I joined the extremely talented styling team at The National Beauty salon (www.TheNationalBeauty.com). So I am working on building up more salon work and looking into being more on the educator side of things.
Also one of the National Beauty owners Heidi and I have started our own line of accessories and feather hair extensions. It is called “Feathers and Leathers” and we are on facebook, of course! Look for us in stores around Portland and hopefully further out in the near future.
GlamModelz Magazine: Ok don’t lie, you work with one of our contributing photographers, Sam Rambo is sort of cool huh?I mean with a name like Rambo, haha Jodi: SAM?! He is actually super awesome!! Better than cool! Shooting with him is like hanging out with a really good friend. He is super laid back and open to any ideas. He has the coolest gadgets that he has made or acquired and now that he has his trusty IPAD I am pretty sure he is unstoppable. Do be ready to go to some crazy locations if you shoot outdoors with him. The last time we shot I followed him in his little red Spider sports car in my VW Bug up a dirt gravel road with 2 models in the car and dust kicking up everywhere. When we made it to the the top it was all worth it, beautiful rolling hills and those big electric generating windmills, it was all very surreal and totally worth the car wash later. You always end up with fantastic images, and some fun stories. Plus he always shoots really cool models which always makes the day go by so nice and smooth!
GlamModelz Magazine: What is the hardest thing you have had to do? Jodi: Wow, good question. Thinking back, it would probably have to be just starting out as a makeup artist. Trying to be confident but so nervous on the inside. I would always take it so hard if someone didn’t like it or a model would come out of the bathroom with completely different makeup after I did it. Always worrying if you were going to get more jobs, how much to charge ect.. It was hard in the beginning, but I learned that you just can not skip over the experience part. You have to mess up and just learn from it. Thankfully it does not happen anymore, but I am prepared if it does!
GlamModelz Magazine: I have heard a rumor that you are also in a rock band? What is that like? Jodi: I am!! It is one of my other passions in life. I started playing music at a young age and continued it to college. Now I am a bass player in an all female band called Little Volcano. It has been such an amazing experience being around so many talented women. They inspire me to be even more creative and take more chances in life. Watch out for us, we are in the middle of writing, recording and making a music video. Total shameless band plug, but you can check out our EP Precious Beast at littlevolcano.bandcamp.com .
GlamModelz Magazine: What is the best way to contact you?
Jodi: Well, recently I acquired an assistant to help me with booking and organizing. He is great and his name is Eric, the best way to contact him is to email him at JodiVaughnAssistant@gmail.com or you may contact me through my facebook “Hair and Makeup By Jodi Vaughn” (http://www.facebook.com/pages/hair-and-makeup-by-jodi-vaughn/134033200010167?ref=ts) If you need to speak to me directly about something you can always contact me at email@example.com.
Jodi’s professional photography is supplied by: Sam Rambo, of SLR Photography.
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