We had the good fortune of connecting with Aylin Yin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aylin, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Many people don’t know this about me, but I have a full time job and I go to graduate school part time. This business is my part time job. For me, it’s about having very good organizational skills. Also, knowing my own limits. It’s hard to say “no” to another gig in the midst of my other professional life. However, you have to choose your mental and physical health over any job, even an artistic side. Now, I have X amount of gigs I accept per month while I’m in school and close my books so that I can continue doing what I love and still performing 100% at everything I do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I first started as an artist, I was overwhelmed by the beauty others create. Finding your “brand” or “signature” wasn’t easy for me. I thought I had to come up with one thing that said “Aylin” all over it. Once I was able to step back from the pressures of pleasing people, and expressing what I had in my mind and soul, that’s when I found my signature as an artist. I am most known for using unconventional items to clothe my models. Most recently, my paint and glitter series are my most popular thus far. Once you become true to yourself and your art, you’ll find yourself as an artist.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am a versatile person. I can be a homebody, an adventurer, a party girl, etc… In the city, I’d take my best friend to have an early dinner to sushi- Moira or Squid Ink. Then we could start our night at Cobra Arcade and make our way through downtown bars and clubs for a good time. To escape the city, we could go camping and hiking. Some of my favorite spots are Payson and Camp Verde. Hiking to get to waterfalls and swimming- take the dogs.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In the makeup industry, I’d like to thank Touch Makeup Academy. This is the organization I got my certification through. They taught me everything I know: In the photography industry, I’d like to thank four photographers that have taught me, challenged me, and allowed me to shadow them to become the best version of myself that I can be. Crystal Maldonado, Elisa Valdés, Jessica Simmons, and Jamie Harris.
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Models: Underwater: Mariah Brinson Red Paint: Alexa Heiser Silver Glitter: Savannah Goddesses Under the Moon: Rebekah Plymale and Lani Lulu UV light Lisa Frank: Ella Alzua Yin & Yang: Zayro Jimenez and Sarah Hartzell Portrait: Aylin Yin Jaguar: Sam Metli