We had the good fortune of connecting with Erika Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Erika, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I always tell myself I am not where my dreams are. I have always envisioned myself as a makeup artist to win Academy awards and Emmys. Even though, there are times that I feel like quitting, I always remember my big WHY which is to create studios for creators just like myself and a place where they can be themselves and express their art through makeup. This is why I refuse to give up! Giving up is not only quitting on myself ,but also on other makeup artist that are out there.

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 currently doing editorial projects with other young creators like myself. I have been a part of one movie set and 2 independent films so far in my career. I am using my editorial. projects as a way to network and build my portfolio until I’m able to get into the union. One thing that sets me apart is my belief in education and knowledge. I went to Gywinnis Mosby makeup academy and got my makeup artistry certificate right away after college and from there, I went to Aveda Institute of Atlanta and earned my masters of cosmetology license. I’ve also studied light, color theory and skin all in college which solidifies my overall knowledge and confidence about makeup. The journey was never easy because studying has always been a drag for me. I used to struggle with tests and writing essays but because of my love and passion for makeup, I got excited about it regardless and that was when I started having those dreams I had mentioned earlier. As they say, on the other side of fear is greatness, the only true challenge I ever encountered was overcoming that fear.

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?
I love to eat so I would take them to branch at to Marlow’s tavern in Atlanta. They serve great shrimp and grits, sangrias and the best mimosas. Secondly, I will take them to a place called spin art in Atlanta. This is a place where people can go and make their own canvases. They can splatter paint on their canvas, and it just spins constantly to create this masterpiece that they really have no control over because the canvas is moving constantly. I think that would be a great way to not only relieve stress but also open our minds to creativity. Last but not least, we will end the day at Jeju for massages and sauna just to relax and further relieve the body of any stress.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shout out my family. I am grateful to have a family that supports me and what I want to achieve for my career. My parents started me off in a fine art school and they’ve always supported me throughout my journey regardless of what I ended up doing either acting, singing or dancing. Even when I finally decided to be a makeup artist, they still supported me and still gave me encouragement to go for it. They are my biggest motivators.

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