We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeddie Carnes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeddie, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Being a makeup artist can be very challenging at times, especially owning your own business. It’s generally a rough path in the beginning but the more you commit to the work the easier it becomes. The key habits that have helped me become successful in the makeup industry are training and education, building my portfolio, and sharing my content. Training and Education: I stretch my knowledge by practicing with my family and friends for free!!!!!!!!! I made so many mistakes, but the more I practice the more I became great at doing makeup. I invested time and training under two amazing mentors based out of Atlanta, Ga. Nachera Brown and Alex Butler these ladies molded me into the artist I am today.
Work on your portfolio- this has helped me become successful in my craft. Every day, I worked on my portfolio and learned how to use the best quality photos to represent my work. When considering how to become a successful makeup artist the imagery will help you build your career to the next level.
Sharing content – Social media has taken over by storm, and the best way to get your content out is by branding and sharing content through social media. I’ve gained so much insight on posting my pictures, creating stories and reels, and creating a name for myself. The key to keeping your name or business relevant is Consistency.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What sets me apart from others is the three makeup fields that I specialize in: Beauty, Theatrical and Special effects makeup. I’m known for my slogan “Making women Beautiful from the inside out” When a client is in my chair it’s my goal to focus on enhancing their natural beauty and seeing them blossom with confidence.
I’m most proud of when I see the vision in my head perfected on my clients face and their reaction to finished makeup application is priceless for me. I have definitely had some challenges owning and growing my own business. One of my biggest challenges was learning how to properly apply makeup and owning my own uniqueness and individuality within my craft. As an artist, you sometimes lose focus on the gift that God has given you and compare your journey to others. Once I learned to focus on my purpose and take my eyes off everyone else my path and my vision became clear and my clientele began to increase. Another challenge for me was marketing and branding for my audience. Once I sharpened my craft and honed my target market, I was able to cater to a specific audience and gained more clientele. I have learned so much through my journey and I’m reaping some of my rewards. I have had the opportunity to assist Alex Butler on The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast and I’m currently the Key Makeup Artist for a political campaign.
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.
Hmmmmm, that’s a great question!!!!!!!! Some of my favorite places to treat myself or friends would be one of my favorites brunch places would be Ruby Sunshine. They have some amazing food, from the fried green tomatoes or the bottomless mimosas. The second place I love to hang out is Dread River, it’s such a vibe!!!! It’s an upscale classy place to drink, watch a game or have a cute date night. The third-place I love to eat sinner would be Perry’s Steakhouse, the food is so amazing from the steaks to the famous house pork chops and lastly, one of my favorite sports to hanging would be Cassanova Bar and all these places are located in the heart of Birmingham, Alabama. All of these places would be my go-to places to hang out, socialize and have fun.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would be nothing without my creator, and I thank him for giving me my creative gift. I also recognize I would not be where I am without my supportive family and my two amazing mentors Nachera Brown and Alex Butler. They have poured into me and guided me in this makeup industry.
Facebook: Jeddie TheArtyst Carnes
Other: I also have second Instagram page @jeddie_theatrical. Please check our my special effects work.
Zamzam Ausar 📸 J Shon Holifield