Today we’d like to introduce you to Viviana Jackson.
Hi Viviana, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started off doing makeup as a hobby. In my living room. I never expected myself to own a business in the beauty community. But God had other plans for me. I fell more in love with makeup and enjoyed it so much that I wanted more than just to work on just myself. I then decided it was time to promote myself as a makeup artist. I wanted new faces, I wanted to learn more about myself and what I can do. It’s not as easy as I thought it would be. I work hard every day to try and put my name out there as much as I can. I am still learning as I go. I have bigger dreams and more things to accomplish in my career. I am working so hard to build my name for myself, and for my kids!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. I’ve had to put a pause on myself a few times and keep starting over. I think my biggest struggle is trying to build clientele. It’s very hard to find a steady clientele here in Jacksonville. Sometimes it makes me feel like giving up. But I just can’t. I worked too hard to get here.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a makeup artist. I am also working on becoming a photographer. I specialize in full color glams. I love being creative and showing how creative I can be on someone’s face. It just shows who I am. I want to say I am known for my artistic makeup skills. If someone asks who I am I believe someone would tell them “oh she’s the one who is very artistic with the makeup” that’s what I imagine. I am most proud of learning how to be for everyone, not just a few. But everyone! I think what sets me apart from others is that I am available to everyone. Whether it’s for natural makeup to the soft, full glams, I do body painting, and belly painting, I paint children’s faces for children’s events, and now learning photography. I can do it all literally!
Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I would have to say the seafood lol it is the best thing I can say that would keep me here. I don’t really like the scammers if I am being completely honest. It is just something I see every day here and it’s crazy to me.