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Saturday, December 26, 2009


944 Magazine
The Holiday Issue

If you’ve been following my blog, you know a few things about me. One, I love my career as a professional makeup artist. Two, I also spent years as a classical professional dancer.

That said, I must say it’s funny how your life experiences eventually come full circle, because if it were not for dance I would have never known I could do makeup. I’m sure you’re wondering, Hmmm…how does that work, Samelia?”

Well, let me tell you. Each time I painted my face before a performance, I became a new character. And the same holds true for the two dancers whose makeup I did for 944’s Holiday Issue.

You guessed it! Working in yet another fabulous setting; this time it was the shoot for 944’s Holiday Issue. Simply put, it was an amazing experience! Being able to work with two professional dancers, Jennifer Perry (who stars in “Spider-Man” on Broadway) and Melissa Barak (ballet dancer performing in the Los Angeles holiday production of “The Nutcracker”) brought back some incredible memories from my days of performing, auditioning and the overall joy of dance.

Now when you see the final results in the magazine, please understand photographer Zach Coco was not shooting a couple of models, he was shooting world-class dancers.

I’m happy 944 is shining the light on a variety of elements for the holidays and it’s good to see dance getting some love!

Thanks 944 for the opportunity!

And friends, make sure you check out at least one of the numerous dance companies (e.g., Alvin Aliey, New York City Ballet, Philadanco, Miami City Ballet) performing over the holidays in a city near you!


  1. This is cool Samelia! I didnt know you were a dancer... Hot Shit

  2. I Love which one is it. I went to look but did not see it in the Miami Mags?

  3. Samelia your blogs are off the hook!


  4. Photography is dope and I love the makeup! She looks like a movie star NOT a dancer in the BLACK & White!!!