We had the good fortune of connecting with Nicole Dahlin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nicole, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I’ve been artistic my whole life, with mainly a focus on drawing and painting. I wanted to go to a fine arts college, but it just didn’t end up happening. However, I knew whatever career I went into that it would be an artistic one. So what seems to be a lifetime ago, I actually graduated from ASU with a bachelor’s in visual communication design (aka graphic design). While I loved certain elements about design such as color theory, shapes, and concepts, I didn’t want to be stuck at the computer all day.
My outlet for when I got stressed out with the perfections of trying to complete my degree was doing creative makeup looks on myself. I finally thought maybe I could do this as a job?
I remember watching Miami Ink when I was younger thinking it would be so cool to be a tattoo artist. I would sit and learn from the makeup artists on YouTube for hours. I’d try to think of ways I could make a living off of drawings and paintings. Honestly, I never thought beauty would be the career field I feel into, but the industry just connected all those things together for me.
Right now I currently specialize in makeup application, eyelash extensions, and lipblushing which is a category of permanent makeup. In the future, I mainly see myself transitioning into cosmetic tattooing full-time. In the future, I would love to get more involved in corrective permanent makeup, including scar camouflage and areola tattooing.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I define myself as a Beauty Artist and have based my business around this.
I am an artist, with beauty being my medium. Yes, I have a passion for art, but I have a stronger passion for commitment to one’s self. What makes you feel your truest self in this present moment. Is it how you dress? Your daily routine? Wearing makeup or wearing none at all?
I love the idea of how at any given time you can alter your appearance to reflect who it is you feel you are, or who you want to be. Being able to help people build the confidence to do so is what I want my business to be about. It is why I am so passionate about what I do.
I’m still in the process of transitioning into my business full time. It has definitely not been easy, and there’s a lot that goes into it. I’ve had to borrow money, done work on models for free, and have to balance what I love to do with something I don’t love, just to get by.
But I know I’m going to get there. I know if I continue to work hard and put my energy into what I love I am going to be successful. I can promise it won’t be long before that happens. I want to make connections with people. I want someone else to be able to look at me and say, “Wow, this girl is a badass and I want to be like that too”.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Luckily my best friend lives here in Arizona with me. Thank god because she keeps me sane and I wouldn’t know who else to go to when I had a mental breakdown. Haha.
We have this pretty cool tradition where we always do the same thing on one of our birthdays. This entitles buying the couple’s package at the Joya Spa at the Montelucia. We’ll share pitchers of red sangria and get massages. After spending the day there, we’ll go to Hula’s in Oldtown and always get the Mongolian beef bowl.
We’d probably also do something random or stupid, because hey that’s what we do. Maybe we would go see my friend Kevin at his shop in Downtown Phoenix at WholeHearted piercing. We would go to a dive bar to play trivia, bingo, or darts. My go-to spots are probably Casey Moore’s or Little Woodys.
Honestly though, I love being at home. If I’m not working I’ll go to Echo, get a coffee, and just come home and chill with my two American hairless terriers. Yes, they are actually bald.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Without a doubt my family. The ones who have always recognized my success, before I believed in myself. Thank you for always being proud of me, and never telling me what I can or cannot do. For letting me be free.
My family also includes my boyfriend Alex. He’s always pushing me to be the truest version of myself and brings me back when I feel as though I am losing who that is, and the potential that I truly have.
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