.01 Wine

In November 2013, I decided to fulfill a passion of mine. I went back to school and attended The Intensive Sommelier Program at The International Culinary Institute in NYC which is an accredited program through the Court of Master Sommeliers. My mother was from Argentina and because of this, I grew up having an appreciation for wine. I became very interested in working in the wine industry and in the summer of 2013, I bought Kevin Zraly's book, Complete Wine Course, which I devoured on a month long trip to Greece. 

I happily graduated with my certificate and passed the level 1 exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers in May 2014. 

That summer, I traveled on a month long trip to the South of France and visited many vineyards such as Chateau Pibarnon in Bandol. I am currently studying for various wine certifications which I will be taking in early 2017.

 
 
 
Great wine requires a mad man to grow the vine, a wise man to watch over it, a lucid poet to make it, and a lover to drink it.
— Salvador Dali
 
 

.02  Beauty

 

My career as a make-up artist started over 16 years ago in New York City as a college student looking for a part-time job. I started in retail cosmetics where I discovered my love for makeup. I was later fortunate enough to work in New York's Fashion Week with such designers such as Dennis Basso and assisted celebrity make-up artist, Cynde Watson, who was a great mentor and supporter. 

A couple years into it, I decided I wanted to work in the  film and television industry. Working my tail off is an under estimate of what I had to go through. How about trying to do makeup on the back of the trunk in a car while it's snowing in the middle of Rockefeller Center at 3 a.m. with no lights....maybe car head lights? Like they say, what doesn't kill you, definitely makes you stronger.

After various television and film projects, I was finally admitted to the prestigious Local 798 Make-up and Hair Union in 2008 and have been a proud member since.

As a result of this, I have worked on many well-known projects such as Law and Order, 30 Rock, Boardwalk Empire, Vinyl. My latest pride and joy is a Netflix show called  "The Get Down" which was created and directed by Baz Luhrmann. 

I have had the privilege of working with various celebrities, such as Brian Dennehy, Eddie Izzard, Michael J. Fox, Taye Diggs, Octavia Spencer, Holly Robinson Peete, Andi Macdowell, and many more.

 
 
 
Paris is the greatest temple ever built to material joys and the lust of the eyes.
— Henry James
 
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Trust your dopeness.