We had the good fortune of connecting with Erica King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erica, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Being artistic and applying makeup has always been a passion. I realized at an early age I had the talent, skills, and abilities to be artistically creative and I knew that these were God-given gifts. Initially, I only performed this creativity on myself using my face as a canvas for learning and improvement. However, I received such positive and overwhelming responses that I decided to pursue makeup artistry professionally. The combination of my artistic expression, innate gifts, and formal education served to carve a lane for me in the makeup industry. While makeup is an industry of skill, talent, and ability, it is also an opportunity to have fun, and as I always say “enhance the beauty that lies within.”
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
During my collegiate career, I started my journey into beauty as a professional through an internship with Christian Dior cosmetics. I later pursued a career as a freelance make-up artist for the runway, photography, television, theater, film, and private clients. I love to add a personal touch to each appointment that makes the Magic Makeup experience different from others. The biggest challenge of being an entrepreneur is believing in myself enough to move forward into independence in a competitive field. It is easy when you are working for someone else and everyone is complimenting you in that process. It is more challenging and even scary when you are becoming an independent entrepreneur and your entire business depends on your savvy. It has not been easy but, the nuggets I have learned along the way have been valuable and have given me the tools that I need to move forward with confidence. The biggest lesson I have learned is the importance of balance. I am a perfectionist and I love what I do but I have learned that making time for myself is essential in keeping a balanced mind, body, and spirit. What I would like for the world to know about Magic Makeup is that it’s inspired by every woman’s story and it is more than just about makeup. It’s about empowering women giving them the experience of a lifetime in beauty. I feel blessed to belong to a market that makes women feel good and I plan on being around for a very long time!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It’s funny you should ask. I recently entertained an entourage from another state and some of the places we visited were The Outlook at the Reunion Tower, North Park Mall, and the shops in Highland Park Village (yes some of them were fashionistas). Other places to enjoy while in the Dallas-Ft Forth Worth Metropolitan area are the Botanical Gardens, The Ft Worth Zoo, The Dallas Museum of Art, Six Flags for fun, and the Dallas Aquarium. Medieval Times and the Pecan Lodge Barbecue are just a few of the great places to eat and drink when visiting the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to recognize and give credit to the following entities for their contribution, opportunities, and encouragement to Magic Makeup by Erica King: Award-winning makeup artist Sara Seidman Vance, The Curvy Queens of Houston, Texas, Essence Festival 2018, renown Photographers Omar Ramos, Kieone Young, Nathan Pearcy, and Erick Robinson, Mrs. Nene Leakes, Dana Akbar of 10 Hours of Fashion, and the New York Fashion Week Producers.
Otis Clayborne Kieone Young Zest and Zeal Photography
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