Becoming a professional makeup artist is by no means an easy feat to accomplish, yet alone before your 25th birthday. That is exactly what Jessica Law, a native of Memphis, Tennessee has done. Jessica has not only worked with prominent figures in the talent industry, but her work has been featured in various video shoots, commercials, and filmed interviews that have aired nationally. Breaking into the beauty industry is not only competitive,but it is cutthroat. Jessica attended The Beauty Institute in Memphis,Tennessee where her love for the beauty industry thrived. Later she attended The Cosmix School of Makeup in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where she developed her talents as a makeup artist.
Jessica has definitely made a name for herself in the beauty industry, and she is taking it by storm.
GRACESHIP: When did you know you wanted to make a career as a makeup artist?
Jessica: “I knew when I was 19 years old, when I got out of beauty school. I told my mom and dad that I want to go to makeup school and dropped everything and moved to Florida to go to school.”
GRACESHIP: How did you get your foot in the door?
Jessica: “Well I got out of makeup school and then of course I worked, worked, worked. Then I packed up one day and moved to Nashville. While in Nashville I worked in a salon in Franklin as a receptionist and doing freelance work on the side and one day we had a client come in, Melissa Schleicher, who is now my boss. She is a very well know makeup artist here in Nashville and she was opening up her own salon and cosmetic boutique, Parlour 3, in Brentwood and was looking for a makeup artist and it came up in conversation that I was a makeup artist. I had my portfolio in my car and she looked at it and basically hired me right on the spot and I have been assisting and working freelance for her for two years now.”
GRACESHIP: What is a typical day for you?
Jessica: “When in the salon I am taking appointments, doing brows, doing makeup, selling product, making orders for the salon and doing what not like that. When I’m off freelancing I’m doing makeup all day, whether it be a bride, a photo shoot, video shoot, or an award show.”
GRACESHIP: Speaking of award shows, are there any you have done?
Jessica: “The CMA’s!”
GRACESHIP: What is the best professional advice you have been given?
Jessica: “The best professional advice I have ever been given, oh my gosh. One that comes to mind is from a friend’s dad. He said, “It’s a dog eat dog world, and we’re all wearing milk bone underwear.” I don’t know why but it has always stuck with me and been something that pops into my head, because it is such a crazy, cutthroat and vain industry to work in.”
GRACESHIP: Who is the person who has influenced you most in your work and why?
Jessica: “My friend Valerie has been influential in my life and she has helped me see that I need to be myself and be creative as possible. She has really helped my find myself in my career, and of course Melissa because she has given me so much. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for her.”
GRACESHIP: At what point did you feel like you officially “made it” in the industry?
Jessica: “Probably doing the CMA’s and being at the Grand Ole Opry with well-known acts in Nashville. Doing the CMA’s with Melissa was an eye opener and made me feel like I’m doing something right in the industry.”
GRACESHIP: How would you describe your style?
Jessica: “My style, oh my God, I’m like a hodge podge of like hipster, preppy, weirdness, I don’t know! I don’t know how to describe my style. I have purple hair and tattoos and freaking dress like a hipster.”
GRACESHIP: What are your must have travel items that you cannot live without?
Jessica: “I cannot live without mascara or lipstick! For work I cannot live without hairspray and I ABSOLUTELY cannot live without my makeup brushes. I have makeup brushes on me at all times.”
GRACESHIP: Do you have any hobbies?
Jessica: “I love to go hiking and canoeing with my husband. And of COURSE I love to craft! I mean who doesn’t love to craft? DUH!”
GRACESHIP: What is your ultimate goal professionally?
Jessica: “Being a celebrity makeup artist and eventually owning my own business and being able to do freelance full time and no have to do retail as well.”
GRACESHIP: Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
Jessica: “I see myself, hopefully being exactly where I want to be career wise and family wise. Having a family and a career that I can be proud of.”
GRACESHIP: What is your best piece of advice for finding success and happiness in the professional world?
Jessica: “Love what you do and do what you love! I mean its plain and simple, if you don’t love what you do you’re not going to be happy.”