The Backstage Awards is on this Friday at 8pm at the Hennessy Park Hotel and I thought I would use this opportunity to catch up with you guys on the blog. I promised myself to write only when I was ready and felt it was the right thing to do. I’m sorry for my absence but I was going through a lot and needed/need some to focus on important things going on in my life.
Some of you might know that I won the Backstage Award for the best makeup artist in 2015. Nominated with 3 other makeup artists, I was not very confident about my chances on that night but when my name was announced I understood that winning this award was like an instant public validation of my talent and hard work. It felt amazing as it was something I really needed at that time of my life.
Two years after, when I see the trophy on my shelf, I came to the point where I understand that it does not define me. It is the confidence that you have, the way that you work and worth you attach to your talent and skills that will make you successful.
Do I value this award? The answer is a huge yes because it is full of meaning. This trophy is a symbol, this victory is a symbol. When I moved alone, my mother insisted that I bring the trophy into my new house, when a friend visited me and saw the award he said “Wow, one day I hope to be like you”. These small reactions make me smile and I smile even bigger when I see how a piece of wood and metal can inspire others to live their dreams.
There was some noise about the jury panel this year again being made up of very similar members. I did not read exactly what has been written on this but there are 2 things I want to share about this:
1. When I work on an event that is dear to my heart I always make sure that I am surrounded by people I love and people I trust because when you are organizing an event you need to make sure that the allocated job will be handled according to your ethics and way of thinking. That’s why I do understand why the jury does not change much every year. The Hennessy had great working experience with these jury members and hence trust them to keep on working as well while selecting the winners.
2. The thing is yes I do understand their decision but I also think that they should think about other ways of showcasing objectivity and transparency during this award night. Helping people understand how and why the winners are selected will make the results more satisfactory. One thing that comes to my mind right now is maybe that they could make a small video on the selection of each winner where the jury would tell us why they chose this winner, what made the difference, what they loved more about him or her. That would mean even more work for the organizing team but that would definitely ease things when it comes to the way the event is seen.
I happen to meet and work with a lot of photographers, models, stylists and designers because of my job. Choosing one in each category often happens to be impossible as some times two very close friends would be in the same category. This year I chose not to vote because publicly selecting one friend or client over the over is neither good for my heart nor for business.
However, I would like to end this post with a highlight on the Best Female Model of the year category. Two women I’m very close to are in this category and I want to take a moment to say thank you to them for inspiring me with their way of working. Sometimes I would complain about working conditions, about the heat, about myself but seeing them work as models made me reconsider my behavior. One would train so hard in order to achieve a beautiful body for a competition that she would nearly throw up during her personal coaching, scream and get bruises because of some painful treatments. The other model and friend who was sick and in an estate of exhaustion would still work her 8 hours photo shoot, with nervous horses pushing and hitting her, without complaining or giving up. When I witnessed such devotion and professionalism from both of them it made me respect them at another level.
The fashion and event industry taught me a lot and saw me grow as a man but also as a makeup artist. Growing up I am enjoying seeing this community becoming more confident and empowering each other. Keep in mind that this award night is here to celebrate passionate artists and not to put other artists down because they are not going home with an award.
Peace and positivity to you all.