We are back with the second blog entry from celebrity makeup artist Deida Massey on her experience as a Christian makeup artist in the entertainment industry. Learn more about Deida’s journey as she answers our second question below and check back each week for Deida’s latest blog entry.
How does your faith play a role in your work?
My faith plays a great role in the work I do today. If it had not been for my Faith, I would not have the ability to quit my job of 16 years and pursue my passion and purpose.
The bible says “It is impossible to please GOD without faith (Hebrews 11:6).” I have taken this scripture and used it to propel my life in ways that only GOD can. For me, it’s simply, faith moves God! I really came to understand this when I wanted to quit my job and do what GOD had purposed me to do.
Scripture also tells us “Faith without works is dead (James 2:17)” and “Faith is the evidence of things not seen but hoped for (Hebrews 11:1).” All of these scriptures helped me get to where I am today.
Faith and works work together. Therefore, I had to research my desire to become a makeup artist. I worked at counters in Saks Fifth Ave and Marshall Fields on weekends and after school to help build my confidence as a makeup artist. It also helped me to learn skin tones and the application of different ethnicities.
I believe when GOD saw me moving in works, my faith was being increased and developed. I never sought to become a celebrity makeup artist. It was in GODS plan for me to be one. I didn’t know it; I just moved not only in faith but courage as well.
When Scripture says “Faith is the evidence of things not seen but hoped for,” I couldn’t see where my Faith would take me. I hoped to be successful and for everything to work out as GOD intended. I learned through my experience of relocating that GOD was watching me move in Faith.
It is difficult to do anything we don’t see or to trust something we’ve never done. However, I am a true believer that that GOD has a plan for our lives and the word says “His plans is to prosper us and not to harm us to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).”
GOD’s plan for me in LA was more than I had imagined for my life professionally and personally. While living in LA, I met key persons who helped me in furthering my career as an artist. In addition, GOD positioned me strategically to get opportunities I would never have imagined had I not stepped out on Faith.
Finally, my faith helped me trust GOD more and more each day. Witnessing the doors opening that my faith produced was amazing. It taught me to trust GOD in everything and, more importantly, trust the process.
In life, we go through many processes but we don’t learn to enjoy or embrace the process or journey until its over. Today I’m still learning to embrace the journey. The journey is there to teach us, stretch us and increase our faith.
It was and is only by Grace and mercy I’m still here. But it’s by Faith that my career continues to grow. I always say “Faith it until you make it.”
Did you miss Deida’s first blog entry on how she got her start as a celebrity makeup artist? Check it out here.