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Meet Trailblazer Diana Anghelus

Today we’d like to introduce you to Diana Anghelus.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In 2005, I moved to the United States, coming from a small town in Romania, Eastern Europe. I was to start a new life, so was my career. It was not easy, but I knew I could do this. With ambition and patience… everything is possible. Especially, that I always knew America is the country of all possibilities. Going to a Beauty School, working and getting trained by some of the biggest cosmetic companies like MAC, Dior, Lancome, Guerlain, Origins, Prescriptives, helped me a lot in pursuing my dream. Since social media was not too big during my beginnings, I purchased a lot of makeup books to learn and get inspired by the pros. I still enjoy reading and getting educated because one can never stop learning.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I cannot say it was easy, especially being here all by myself. But it has not been that hard either. You just have to know what you want and go for it. It can be scary sometimes, but it is always good to take the risk. We never know what is out there for us if we are not taking any steps. It is good to have a plan and stick to it, without taking too many exists along the road which will never take us to our destination… or it will take longer to get there. There is so much access to social media nowadays that sometimes it gets intimidated to take the step and pursue your own career since there are already so many other people trying to do the same thing. But you know what… we are all different and we should not compare ourselves to anyone else. Each person has something special and unique.

The artistry itself, as well as the work ethic, are very important. Maintaining good relationships with other people in the industry, as well as anyone else related to this ( photographers, designers, models, etc.) is also a must in order to succeed.

We’d love to hear more about Makeup By Diana.
I am a makeup artist that specializes in weddings, but not only. From photo shoots – Avant-Garde – to fashion shows, I can do it all. I love working with women from different parts of the world, I get so excited when that happens. I can learn about their culture, about their tradition and as a makeup artist, I can apply makeup characteristic for their country. Some like it very light (Asians), some like it very dramatic (Middle Easterns)… it is never the same. For me, customer service is also as important as the makeup that I perform. It is good to treat any client the way you want to be treated… make them feel special. I never take into consideration the color, the age or the ethnicity. In the end, we are all women… we are one. This is also one of the reasons, I am part of the International Culture Women’s Club, as their Beauty Director.

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
I like to follow people that are well-known in the industry and learn from them, as well as being part of some Facebook groups and participate in the discussions over there. The internet is probably the best resource for networking these days.

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Dave Kelley, Valentino Escada, Veronica Ilioi, Revo Photographix, Edit Vasadi, Ali Offendum, Shane Baker

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