Zimbabwean makes it in Hollywood

HARARE - Hollywood-based Zimbabwe make-up artist, Jackie Muchanyuka-Mgido has broken all barriers and attributes her success to her unwavering faith.

Mgido moved to America 19 years ago and engaged as a make-up artist four years later.

Hollywood is the biggest and most popular film industry in the world and it is every actor, director, make-up artist’s dream to land a job there. Our own Zimbabwean artist Mgido is living that life in the top notch.

“I got into Hollywood by faith, through a lot of faith and allowing myself to dream. I envisioned it; I saw it and started researching and seeing how I could get there. I went to school and worked really hard, somebody had faith in me, a director (Scott Firestone); he helped me start my career."

“I went to Hollywood Make-Up Designery, one of Hollywood’s best make-up schools. I was fascinated by special effects, I decided to go to a special effects school in Hollywood that does make-up and special effects.

“I loved it so much that I got my first job working for free for Orlando Jones; he was my first celebrity client. We had to transform him into this monster and I made prosthetic for that, then I knew that I loved the job.

“Then I got introduced to Snoop Dogg and we did a movie, I worked with a couple of artistes that he has worked with. He is one of my biggest celebrity clients that I’ve worked with continuously, and we finished a movie about a year, and, a, half ago with Snoop Dogg (now Snoop Lion) and Wiz Khalifa (Mac and Devin Go to High School).

She has also launched a make-up line with her husband.

“Zimbabwean women want to know how to wear make-up, look natural and do numerous things with make-up. A lot of women are passing through our shop and learning how to apply make-up and other things."

“I came back home to launch my line and to tell women that they can have their own business; they can dream and be humble about it. I work with a lot of celebrities and at the end of the day it is not even about the celebrities but about the people you touch when you make a difference,” she said.

The make-up artist said she is offering the local women products that they can depend on, without fears of disappearances.

“In about a month, and, a half we will be transforming the store into a major make-up studio.

“One of the things that I noticed about Zimbabwean women is that a lot of people have promised them stuff and have disappointed them.

“Somebody comes in with a bag of cosmetics; give sit to them and then the next month they want that same product and it doesn’t exist.

“So there are a lot of trust issues, the faithful cosmetic lines that have come in have not come with representation. I think that I do have a market because, I am a Zimbabwean woman who has gone overseas and practised the skill. I have come in, seen what the women want, I am adjusting my prices because I do not want to cater for the wealthy only, I want every woman to afford my products,” she said.

Mgido who has been exposed to some of the world’s best talents said there is some great local talent waiting to be exposed.

“Zimbabwe is ahead of times, we need to be also ahead and keep up with time. People really want to be fashionable it is just that they do not have access."

“The sad part is that there are a lot of designers here but they are not getting the necessary help. If we could get together and open our eyes and support the local people that make clothes, we will be great.

“I have worked with great designers from here. I think the issue lies on the trust issue and a loving issue. We are so busy rushing out when we have everything here. I am a simple girl from Zimbabwe that had a dream, went home realised that it is not America that I should be investing in,” she said.

She said their biggest launch will be in November as she is going to go on tour with Lisa Lillian from Food Network.

The major highlights of her career are launching Vault, working with celebrities at the Oscars and the Emmys last year.

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