Today we’d like to introduce you to Maddie Harold.
Hi Maddie, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I was always passionate about makeup.
It started when I was a freshman in high school; I was always so interested in trying new looks, crazy colors, and embracing my own idea of glam. As I got older, I continued pushing myself to try more intricate looks, emulating styles I had seen artists and influencers create online.
In 2015, I began modeling with Thunder Roads Magazine and had done my own makeup for all photoshoots and events. The other ladies I worked with eventually started asking about how I did my makeup, to assist them with theirs, or just create an entire look for them!
By August 2016, I felt comfortable enough to begin offering my makeup services professionally and accepted my first photoshoot opportunity. A few hundred weddings and photo/video shoots later, I guess you could say I am a professional.
Since then, I have expanded my services to include Makeup, Piercing, Spray Tanning, Lash Extensions, Lash Lift, and Tint, Brow Tint and Lamination, Tooth Gems, and Teeth Whitening. I was fortunate enough to find my forever work home at Big City Body Art in Laurel, Maryland in January 2021.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I have had a very blessed journey to where I am now. I have many family, friends, acquaintances, followers, and even strangers that show me support in everything I do, no matter what crazy endeavor I decide to take on next. I have a really incredible army behind me, for sure.
I would have to say the biggest struggle I have faced is my start time for a lot of bookings; I am not a morning person (haha). But in all seriousness, I would say that I have learned a lot from my experience, rather than had “struggles”. The first time a client is not thrilled with their look, the first time you are not prepared for a certain request, the first time you mess up.
You really have to remind yourself that you are not perfect or a robot, and that is okay. Your idea of beauty could be completely different from the client you’re working on, and that’s okay, too.
You will not fall in love with every look you are asked to create, but if you leave a booking knowing you did your best and gave your all to it, you can leave happy and fulfilled. Oh, and don’t forget the self-care. I cannot stress enough to take time for yourself weekly before your body or mind do it for you.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I do a lot! I am best known for my makeup, I have been in that world the longest; It was not until 2020 that I began to expand my services to other cosmetics.
I would say the piercing sets me apart from other cosmetic artists. Many of us are cross-trained, but not in cosmetics and body modification.
A lot of my clients and other artists pause when I tell them I work out of a tattoo shop, but do all the pretty, girly things; then once they get here, they are blown away by the cleanliness, atmosphere, and professionalism.
All of our artists strive to not only set us apart from other shops but also try to break down the stigma that can follow our industry.
What matters most to you?
I love making people feel pretty.
Those who know me personally know my ego is, well, huge haha. I take the time to love and revive myself and I really enjoy helping others get to experience that self-love, too.
Everyone deserves to feel beautiful, like a dime piece, like the prettiest person in the room, like they light up life, like all eyes are on them at all times! Always be living your best life, friends; I am here to help you do so.
- Website: www.bigcitybodyart.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/maddieharold
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/maddieharold93
- Other: www.instagram.com/by_maddie_
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