Today we’d like to introduce you to SuzAnne DeCarma.
SuzAnne, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always been a bit off the wall and artistic and have found that by being true to myself, I should follow that into my work and career choices. I cannot be contained in an office or cubicle. I need every day to be an adventure. I’m like a shark. If I stop swimming, I sink and die.
After nearly six semesters of studying business management and entrepreneurship, I made a complete 180 and switched my major to study Theatre and Performing Arts. Here, I could also utilize my passions for visual arts, writing, and music. I began to build myself as my own “business” and in turn, becoming the person I had always wanted to be.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Absolutely not! Coming from a conservative southern family, moving to another state, going through a divorce, walking away from those who I could no longer grow with, yet cared for deeply, and even challenging my own self-discipline, I wouldn’t call it smooth sailing. It affects my emotional and mental well-being at times, but I know if I didn’t pursue things in my own way, then I would absolutely not succeed nor would I be happy and fulfilled. I refuse to look back on my life and regret not trying.
My advice to others would be this: Be patient with yourself. It may feel slow or stagnant, but you can’t steamroll through everything. Let yourself feel vulnerable.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m mostly known for my work as a makeup artist; for weddings, theatre, and photo shoots. I’ve learned so much over the past five years and still love learning more. I’m branching out into the pop culture convention scene with a new experimental niche, editorial cosplay makeup, shot like most beautiful photos.
When I’m not working behind the scenes, I’m “talent.” Performing and writing for film and stage, posing for photos, and making music.
Some people invest in a business, stocks, etc. I invest in myself.
Who have you been inspired by?
My mom, being from New Orleans, has a very “I’ll do it my way” attitude. In a way, that’s very therapeutic because that’s allowing yourself to take control and believe in yourself and your own process rather than always depending on others for answers and authority. That’s not saying to dismiss advice that’s given to you, but sometimes it can make us question and lose ourselves should we always listen.
- Weddings/Special Occasion Makeup: $65
- Parties of 4+ receive discounted rates
- For more artistic endeavors fill free to message me!
KillaBee, Elizabeth Jessica (My Curly Adventures), Papics Photography, Melissa