I no longer remember where or when I first met Jennifer Little. We had several mutual friends in the industry who knew and/or worked with her. While her make-up skills are first class and have been featured in many magazines, she was the first body-painter I had ever met. I was intrigued as I really knew nothing about this side of the industry.
In 2011, I featured Little in an article in Olio by Marilyn calledMake-upArtist Extraordinaire – Jennifer Little. Here she shared her journey to this moment. Over the years, we haven’t yet managed a one-on-one coffee, but we’ve had the chance to talk occasionally at events. I am always intrigued by her stories. One favourite was having to power body paint over 20 people one year for the pride parade. And then there was VALT 2014 where she painted the host for day three – Kieron Rhys Lillo. Incredible! He reminded me of an alien Goa’uld a from Stargate. A week later I saw a picture of him on Facebook and absolutely did not recognize him.
From magazine creatives, to body-painting that is out of this world fabulous, Jennifer Little is at the top of her game. Creativity, drive and the willingness to dive into a serious challenge and see it successfully through have defined her career. I can’t wait to see what she brings to the table next.
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8Q Spotlight Jennifer Little
What is your current career(s) – paid and unpaid?
Professional Makeup Artist & Bodypainter, freelance. Paid, but there are still creatives that sometimes are only kit fees, half rates, trade or for publication submissions which generally don’t pay.
Can you share an interesting thing (or two) about your journey to reach this moment?
My career is very unique, and therefor, I get to see many interesting things from in studio to on set and behind the scenes. I would have to say the people are the most interesting thing, and their stories, which are far too many to mention. Watching their transformations once they’re in makeup or bodypaint is always interesting.
What three things would you like people to know about you to give them a sense of who you really are?
- I work hard
- I play hard
- I love hard
Highest moment so far?
I’ve won several bodypaint competitions and have had my work published many times, so that’s always a high. Working the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and being stationed in Whistler the entire time was pretty fantastic! Being featured on CBC National during the Stanley cup playoffs with my Vancouver Canucks jerseys was definitely a thrill!
What are you working on right now? In the next 6 months?
I just finished Halloween, which is always my busiest time of the year Next I will be returning to VALT (Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week) November 20-22 to paint the opening night emcee, Keiron Rhys Lillo aka Sir Buttercup VonDingus and his accompanying (pregnant) Mother Earth model. On Saturday I will be performing a live body paint Art performance with canvas pressing – my first live art performance!!
I am also launching my newest project – Photoshoot Road Trip! It’s a concept I’ve wanted to get off the ground for the better part of a decade. It’s an Artistic Indie Film & PhotoArt book about an incredible team of Professional Artists on the road, featuring beautiful British Columbia’s majestic west coast as our back drop. It’s probably a three to five year long project. I’ll be launching an Indiegogo campaign for it, applying for grants, etc. Definitely my biggest project to date!
Who and/or what inspires you?
I find inspiration in almost everything, depending on my mood of course. I am constantly inspired by my fellow artists, be it makeup, bodypaint, fine art, music, fashion design, you name it. I definitely need to be in a certain state of mind to let it strike me though. It’s a delicate balance.
How do you personally define success?
I have gained a strong and supportive network of incredibly talented professionals over my 15years in the industry and I feel that is a direct reflection of what I am doing, who I am and where I am going. Success is loving what you do, living your best life and encouraging others to do the same.
What do you do to relax and regroup?
I get easily overwhelmed by people & technology. The constant hustle can get all too real and far too heavy sometimes for sensitive artist types like myself. It is so important for me to unplug. The longer and more often, the better. Priorities become more clear and the energies to create can flow more free. Whether it’s a long salty bath, playing with my paints, yoga, or a month camping off the grid, it counts, and I’ll take it! Wine helps 😉
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