We had the good fortune of connecting with Dustin Sean Lazenby and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dustin Sean, how do you define success?
Personally, I have defined success as my personal pursuit of happiness. Art makes me happy. Creating makes me happy. Performing makes me happy. I get to do what I love for a living. That is success to me.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a makeup artist, creative director, actor, and drag queen in Atlanta, Georgia. I have been in makeup for almost 10 years. I am self taught. I began by selling cosmetics after I couldn’t find work for the longest time. Sales wasn’t really my thing, so eventually, I started using the products I was selling to do makeovers for people that lived in my building. Anything to gain experience and practice techniques. I would contact photographers online or though art schools to get work in trade for images, busting my butt for years just to show what I was made of. I had to prove to myself that I could do all of this, too. My confidence level back then was low because of my disability. I am an amputee with spinal and nerve damage. Pushing through, thanks to friends and family, I began building a life I was in love with. And as my skills improved, so did my confidence. You couldn’t stop me if you tried. Lol. I began acting, playing extras roles mostly, tied to my disability as well. I played zombies and war vets. Eventually, I got to play a character in drag for a stage play and that morphed into my creating a drag character named Eileen Slightly! Like I said, you can’t stop me! I get to make brides feel special on their special day. I get to create art for the camera. I get to play random characters. I get to play with makeup and wigs. Oh, and glitter!! Who wouldn’t want that!? Lol!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh, the first thing I’m thinking about is food! I’d have to take them around to my favorite spots. My local gay bat, The T in Grant Park. Everyone there is always so inviting. Woody’s in Midtown for a philly and a beer. Yum. I’ve cream from Bruster’s is a must! EATS for amazing southern food and Italian food. Definitely. Going out, I like seeing friends at local spots like Felix’s or Midtown Moon. Cocktails!!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give a shout-out to every friend and collaborator that helped me along the way. I have been blessed to work with people like Richard Scalzo, whose images are a huge part of my portfolio over the years. Our work together was always a highlight of my year. I give thanks for my girl, Faith McCombs for all the wedding work thanks to her recommendations. She’s also the most shot model in my portfolio. I gotta show love to my closest circle (you know who you are) for keeping me sane and supporting my work.
Website: Dustin Sean Lazenby.com (under construction)