Today we’d like to introduce you to Seneca Frazier.
Hi Seneca, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Hello! I’m Seneca Frazier, formerly known as Seneca Allison and I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. I have always had two passions in life, helping others and the love of all things artistic. In 2006, I fulfilled one of those passions beginning my career in the Baltimore City Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic and shortly after, in 2009, promoted to just a paramedic.
Even though I enjoyed my new career and found my niche in life by helping others in what proved to be the most vulnerable times in their lives, I realized something was still missing. In high school, while attending the prestigious Baltimore City College, I learned early on that I loved fashion but lacked the self-confidence to pursue anything further than my modeling club. A year after joining the fire department, I gained the courage to begin exploring the world of fashion by doing some print work and local fashion shows modeling runway looks.
In 2013, while preparing to get married, knowing the exact look I wanted for that special day, I began dabbling in makeup. I perfected my craft on myself progressing to family and friends wanting me to make their faces up too, so I decided to take on a side hustle. I took on a business partner initially but seeing that we had different paths, we split amicably. While trying to find different ways to market myself, to attempt to set my business apart from others, I decided to merge both of my loves together.
My love for my career and fashion/makeup, prompted me to devise the phrase, “the paramedic that paints pretty faces” which I have been promoting since becoming a freelance artist in 2016 and debuting Fraziergirl Makeup Artistry. Building my social media platforms proved to be challenging because of my fire department schedule clashing with taking clients, but I’ve been making it work with the help of those that have been in my corner from the very start.
My faithful clientele has spread my name via word of mouth and the driving force of what any business has to take into account, social media. My business is still growing and I have big things in store in the future for this paramedic that will paint your face pretty. From taking on photo shoots, weddings, fashion shows, and etc., I’m here to serve you with any of your makeup needs.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Life always throws you curveballs and I’ve had naysayers along the way that didn’t believe in my abilities. I didn’t think that I would stick with doing makeup for so long honestly because the makeup industry is so heavily saturated. I wasn’t sure how far I would be able to take my newfound ability.
Not having a big social media following because I wasn’t a “socialite” outside of my career and my side hustle proved to also be a challenge. I continued to stay confident in my skill and perfect my craft even though I had no formal training. My success, I knew would be measured by a different scale.
My struggle as a small business owner has always been being able to divide my time between the fire department, doing makeup and being a full time parent. Seemingly though, through the years I’ve been able to push myself enough to make everything work for me, my clients and my family.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I have been employed with the Baltimore City Fire Department for 15 years, now as a paramedic. I started out early in my career fighting the fire but took an opportunity to make more money by choosing to primarily be a paramedic. I like the idea of having been able to hold my own and establish myself as a reputable person in a male-dominated profession.
Not only do I do this for the money, but for the fulfillment of knowing that I have learned a set of skills that have the potential to change someone’s life. I don’t look for a pat on the back, a cookie, or accolades, just the satisfaction of knowing I make a small difference in my city.
With my makeup business, although it is a heavily saturated part of the industry, I try to continue to find new ways to make Fraziergirl Makeup Artistry different. Albeit that I am self-taught, I always capitalize on learning new techniques to perfect my craft and to give my clientele the best experience that I possibly can. I have no specific area of expertise when it come to doing makeup. Pleasing my client while staying true to who I am as an artist is my main goal and what I seek to achieve each time I do someone’s face.
The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
As of recent with the covid pandemic, just like any other small business owner, my makeup business took a major hit. While the world was shut down, I had no clue on if I would even be able to do makeup again and believed I had to redirect my focus. When things slowly started to open back up, my main priorities were safety! Keeping my clients safe as well as myself, focusing primarily and heavily on sanitation and cleanliness. In the fire department, because I had so much interaction with the people of Baltimore, masking up was not an option.
I’ve learned quite a few things not only just during the covid pandemic but doing this job period… that life is short. You can be here one day and gone tomorrow. I’ve seen so much death in the span of my 15 almost 16-year careers, that you have no other reason but to cherish life. Life is a precious blessing, that should be treated as such. Chase your dreams even though you may have doubts about how far you can go. You will never know unless you take that first leap of faith.
- For a full face with lashes $85
- Wedding prices are nonnegotiable via a signed bridal contract
- Fashion show and photoshoot prices vary
- Email: Fraziergirlmakeupartistry@gmail.com
- Instagram: @Fraziergirlmua
- Facebook: Www.Facebook.com/fraziergirlmakeupartistry