Fran Fine (@FranFineMUA), Mac Artist, says she’s glad she’s breaking into the Mississippi fashion industry with make-up. According to Fran, Mississippi is growing in the fashion industry and as a professional freelance make-up artist Fran is one of its teachers.
Check out our interview below.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: How did you get into make-up?
Fran Fine: I always had a passion for make-up. I’m not a person who wears a lot of make-up but when I do I always enjoy it. My friend Ashley Hart had a fashion show back in 2009 and she was looking for a make-up artist and at the time I wasn’t really big into it and we were close friends so I said let me do the make-up for the fashion show! And she did, I did the make-up, and it turned out great! That was really my first time just doing make-up.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Did that opportunity make you realize how good you were with make-up?
Fran: Well, yeah. After that I started booking a lot of fashion shows and photo shoots and things like that.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Do you get a lot of your clientele from working at MAC?
Fran: Yeah, work and word of mouth. Most of my clients come from word of mouth and of course media sites like Instagram and Facebook.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Have you ever had any opportunities to work with any celebrities?
Fran: I had the pleasure to do Bambi once before (starred on LA’s Basketball Wives season 5) and Paula Hellens from Bad Girls Club 10, which was kind of a big thing and that was a chance for people to look at her and it gave me the recognition as a make-up artist.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: Are you from Mississippi?
Fran: Yes, I’m from Mississippi born in Clarksdale.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: If you wanted to do make-up on a bigger scale do you consider it to be harder since you’re based in Mississippi, at least for right now?
Fran: Honestly I’m glad I started off in Mississippi. Mississippi is not big in the fashion industry but it is growing and therefore there’s not a lot of competition when it comes to being a make-up artist or fashion. But I do want to expand and move farther to bigger cities because that will show me new things and I see more competition and competition does make people do better ad work even harder.
JESSICASIMIEN.COM: So you do make-up for all types of events?
Fran: Yes, fashion shows, weddings …. anything you can just about think of. I haven’t stepped foot into fantasy make-up but that’s my newest adventure. I also do make-up at Red Room Hair Studios.
This interview was a part of our annual Mississippi Month feature. Like what you read? Share it using the hashtag #JSMississippiMonth!