Originally from California, from an early age Andrew was always in art and music classes. Starting in 7th grade, he became involved with musical theatre and fell in love with singing and acting. Andrew has had both classical vocal training and six years of dramatic direction, leading to numerous awards for his vocal performances including the Maestro Award for his solo vocal performance at the 2010 Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim, California.
Andrew moved to South Florida on his own in 2011 to pursue his dreams and aspirations as a professional makeup artist, photographer, and model. Andrew's passion for makeup began when involved musical theatre back in the 7th grade. Self taught, Andrew specializes in beauty, editorial, runway, and events. In late 2012 he had the opportunity to work closely with Professional makeup artist and celebrity nail designer Nikki Oxley for six months at Sephora. One of their projects included working for People en Espanol Magazine's Estrellas del Año party in Miami Beach, Florida.
2 images below from ALT Visions Photography
One of the things that stuck out for me when asking Andrew about himself was that he mentioned being adopted in the first sentence of his bio. I think it meant more to me than Andrew, but his answer, as to why it was important enough to mention, struck a cord with me for personal reasons. Andrew states that being adopted always set him apart form most all of his friends. 'I look so different then the rest of my family. I am the only person in my family that is musical and artistic.'
Baker & Adams
Now Andrew doesn't necessarily believe that his family, or being adopted, have had much impact on his makeup or modeling work, but I can't help but feel that everything we do is somehow connected to how we felt about our place in the world, and in our family. As we grow up, looking different than others, even if the different is positive, can affect how we interact with others. For Andrew, that interaction is choosing a profession dedicated to assisting others to look incredible.
Music, Modeling & Make-Up:
'I have many passions. I can't chose to love one over the other. Having an unusual vocal range from a E2 to a C5 (full voice), C4 to a G5 (falsetto) with a whistle register from G5 to G6, I fall into all four male vocal range classifications—bass, baritone, tenor, and countertenor. If I had to chose a favorite song of mine, it would be between Come Home and I Wish. I love the lyrics in I Wish, it has such a beautiful message. '
I love both, but I especially love Andrew's voice on Come Home. You can listen to both, along with more of Andrew's music, on SoundCloud HERE:
'2013 has proven to be an incredible year so far as I have gotten to model with a number of very talented photographers including Desi Arnaz and Bill Clearlake. It was a pleasure working with them both and can’t wait to be a part of more amazing photo shoots in the future.'
Andrew by NICKET
What first brought you to the world of modeling?
Doing makeup and photography my clients always asked me why I didn't do modeling as well because of how I look and acted. They always said I would love it so much so I gave it a try. The very first shoot I did was at a beach in Northern CA. My older brother was the photographer for the day. It was really quite fun and I remember it was windy.
Andrew by Rene Photography
What body part do most people compliment you on?
hmmm depends on who you ask but I would say I get lots of compliments on my hair, eyes, or probably the most, my butt haha
Do you have a dream shoot or photographer you hope to do?
I would love to work with Mike Ruiz (photographer), Annie Leibovitz (photographer), Thomas Synnamon (photographer), Jenn Hoffman (photography), Charlie Matthews (model), Mélissa Gateau (model), Jerome Kutscher (model).
Do you have a favorite image, or creative concept you have come up with?
There is an image of Colleen Cooper (model) that I love!! Her hair is up is a mess ratted bun with strands of hair across her face and shes looking over her shoulder. The makeup I did for her was this over the top, bright animal inspired eye look with clean looking skin and a nude lip.
Is there a difference with approaching makeup for a man or a woman or is more about the individual?
Typically for men, it is best to go the minimalist route where it just looks like they have healthy perfect skin. For women its always going to depend on what they are wearing, what look the photographer or agency is looking for, and what they feel comfortable wearing if its for a special event.
How is it doing makeup for your own shoot?
I love getting to do makeup for my own shoots. sometimes its very simple "no makeup" makeup and occasionally I get to do dark grungy smokey eyes or I get to be a vampire. Its fun because when I get done with makeup I feel like a different person. I feel like the character that I am portraying.
See more of Andrew's Modeling on ModelMayhem HERE: