MUA & HAIRSTYLIST:
Romy Von B Artistry hails from Washington. Romy is the creative brand of Romelle “Romy” Simpson who is also known by Romy Von B.
She is a makeup artist as well as a hairstylist. Adding to this, she’s a creative direct and mentor among a host of other things.
Her brand is geared to creating a place of expression of arts in the beauty industry while pushing for women empowerment and stomping out misogyny.
“Interview with Romy”
1. What inspired you to start?
- I am a self taught artist, I never went to cosmetology school or art school. I just learned my skill by practicing. I never knew I was any good until my friends started to ask me to do their hair and makeup. That is how it started. I thought I was pretty good at makeup until I was challenged to work with other faces. It inspired me to get more practice so that I could be as good with others as I was on myself. I didn’t give up.
2. When did you realize you wanted to become a artist?
- I realized I wanted to become a makeup artist when I got my first, “OMG Romy, I love it!”. That praise and the satisfaction I get from clients when I service them is one of the main reasons I do it. It is also my biggest vessel for a creative outlet. I get to push myself and be creative and that’s what I love. The expression of art.
3. What does your craft mean to you?
- My craft means everything to me. It’s the reason why I have so many sleepless nights (haha).
4. Who is one of your inspirations?
- One of my inspirations is my eldest sister…totally unrelated to makeup (haha). It’s her work ethic that inspires me. The fact that she’s beating odds, a lot of which are formed against me. That is inspiration within itself.
5. What keeps you motivated?
- I am an extremely goal oriented person. I set daily to do list goals, weekly goals, monthly goals, yearly goals, short term, long term…you name it! I love the act of completion. I love to look at something, assess it, create a plan, and check off everything one by one. Sometimes two at a time if I can. It is the act of completion that keeps me going. The distance traveled. I try and look at every obstacle as something that I can say I’ve completed. Conquering my personal and professional goals keep me motivated, and it’s a great feeling to have motivation that isn’t contingent upon any other person. I don’t need anyone to do it for me.
6. How would you define your personal style?
- My personal style is just Romy. I jokingly call myself a plus size super hero (haha). That’s because I exude confidence. As a plus sized woman in this world we live in today, while the image has made some progress, it is still not considered society’s norm. We as people allow that to dictate our thinking no matter how much we try to deny that. I’ve been a heavier woman for some time now, so I know what works for my body. I get dressed with confidence, and I do my own thing. There’s no better way to describe it I guess (haha).
7. What is your favorite thing about your job?
- My favorite thing about being a makeup artist is the creative exposure, and clientele satisfaction.
8. Any pregame rituals?
- Pregame rituals. Hmmm…. ahh no, not really. I just make sure my kit is prepped and stocked properly. I sanitize first and make sure my brushes are clean.
9. What is the most important thing to you about your brand?
Individuality. We live in a world where that word is so freely used. I’m just not interested in conformation. I stay true to myself and what I believe in as a beauty figure and as a woman. Women empowerment is most important to me. I love when women feel beautiful beyond the tangible things. I stay true to myself as an artist and I don’t care if people get how I express myself or not. I just do it my way, because this is my s**t, and that’s how I like it! Some get it. Some don’t.
10. What is an interesting fact about yourself?
I’m writing a book about my life.
11. What advice would you give someone who would like to become a artist?
Make sure you really want this. Artistry is becoming so diluted today with the “aspiring” trend and it makes it harder for hard working artists. In no way am I trying to marginalize people, but we all have lanes. It takes a lot of hard work to become an accredited artist. It doesn’t matter why you want to do i, just make sure you do it the best that you can. Not half way. When I first started doing makeup about 7 years ago, it wasn’t the trend. Now everyone wants to be an artist, a photographer, a model, and we have these platforms on social media that allow people to dilute our craft. It’s hard. Some people have it. Some don’t. If you chose to venture out into this industry, just be the best at it! Don’t try and take the label without the work. Pay your dues. Artistry is about skill and creativity. You can’t have the skill without the practice or the time. As artists, we are all sensitive about our s**t. Our skills are our babies. Nurtured. You have to work hard.
12. Where do you want to be in 5 years?
- In 5 years, I want to be wherever I’m meant to be. I have a few projects that I am working on that should be booming in that time. It’s too soon to disclose (haha). But aside from that, I want to be happy. My success isn’t measured by how many publications I have, or how many big name models I work with. It’s measured about how I feel about what I do. As long as I’m happy, that’s all that matters.
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