My publicists at Red Walk Talent PR set the meeting with celebrity photographer Michael Bezjian and his non-profit The Starving Artists Project. I hadn’t heard of the organization and I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into. The non-profit organization is staffed by about a dozen volunteers. Stylists, hair and make up artists, product placement specialists, photographers, greeters, photo editors. It was really amazing to walk into the place and see it abuzz. It wasn’t long before I realized their time and talents are making a difference.
What The Starving Artists Project does
Most people don’t realize what a struggle artists have to get to the top. Aptly named, The Starving Artists Project, photographer Michael Bezjian and friends give back by paying it forward. Any musician, actor or artist can come to the studio and have a headshot or publicity shot and pay what they can.
I arrived with a couple clothing options and went straight away into hair and makeup. Jade Martinez of Moonstar Cosmetics sponsored the makeup session and Raoul and I spend about an hour chatting while he applied anti-aging mineral makeup with peptides to my face. I loved it!
Next, was Hair. I normally don’t do a lot to my hair in my day to day life. I’m a wash and go type of gal. After a brief discussion, we decided to toss a little more natural-looking curls into my look. Hair genius, Daniel Gravel took me from my everyday look to wow! I loved the hair!
After hair and makeup, the stylist selected my look from what I brought and I was ready for my quick session with Getty Image photographer Michael Bezjian. My first look was in vintage Pink Floyd concert shirt that I had customized. Michael had been to that opening concert. He and I chatted while he was taking the photos about great rock and roll bands….something I am passionate about. He gave me one of his vintage Aerosmith concert shirts as a little token. Thank you, Michael. I’m still loving this gift from you!!!
I met an awesome human being named Olga Kay. You may know her from YouTube. She is an influencer, entrepreneur and entertainer. I’m looking forward to collabing with her on a project in the near future. She has such great, creative ideas. We kinda meshed. Check out her cute socks, www.mooshwalks.com
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