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Meet Trailblazer Cassiee McG

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cassiee McG.

Cassiee, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I find inspiration in all things; from Japanese culture especially Manga and Kawaii to the far west ancient cultures and mythologies. I feel that my art form is always evolving because I am always evolving and obtaining new inspirations from all areas of nature and cultures. I am heavily inspired by Naoko Takesuchi who broke the barriers for art in the Manga world and Kazuhiro Tsuji who does great special effects make up. I love watching faceoff and following the path and instructions from Ve Neill, Glen Hetrick and Michael Westmore. I love special effects makeup because it lets you use your imagination and frees my creative muse… usually towards the more macabre due to seeing peoples reactions from bewilderment and amusement to being absolutely terrified by my creations.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Nothing worth doing ever comes easily or smooth. I started in the beauty industry in 2001 as a beauty student, wide eyed and clueless. I always had a dream to work for MAC make-up and i fortunately became a MAC artist in 2012. The struggle to get there was real. I let every possible insecurity and doubt overwhelm me. With the support of my loving husband and family, they instilled confidence in me but to this day i still struggle with self doubt. The biggest advice I can give to young girls is to follow your heart and please dont believe everything you see on the internet. With being a small artist I constantly get flooded by fake promises from scam artists saying if I pay for their services they will make me Instagram famous. Please dont buy into their lies, have faith in yourself and your work. By doing this you will keep evolving as an artist.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Cassiee McG – what should we know?
I would say my work is mostly known for bright colors and pushing the everyday beauty standards. I love creating looks and also hair colors and styles that are not your everyday normal. I wouldn’t say I have one style of work but many from Geek Chic to high fashion to glitter fantastic! I love trying new looks and new theories and new ideas that I come up with from hand drawing shapes and styles on to people’s hair to making a bride feel beautiful too pushing that envelope with my makeup and getting people to talk.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
Fortunately, for my craft, there really isn’t too much for females overcome. Past few years, the men have really broken through barriers and came through in the makeup and hairstyling. I think it’s fabulous to see different artistic work for others and to see a different point of view. I would have to stay in the hairdressing world men tend to do a lot better than female stylist because a lot of females rather go to a nice looking man and get pampered by them. Also, a lot of men that are old school prefer getting their hair cut by a man because they feel they know what they’re doing more than a woman. I found that a lot in the salons I worked at and overcame that. I would say is to just keep practicing and showcasing your work. Also, always take classes to better yourself.

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: Cassiee_glitters
  • Facebook: Cassiee Glitters

Image Credit:
Russell Mcgarvey,Cody B

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