Triple Threat: Makeup, Hair and Wardrobe Stylist, Lisa Robinson

By Tosha Cole Clemens

Very seldom do you come across someone that is equally talented in several distinct areas. Most of us are great at something, in which we tend to put all our attention in that one direction. Not for Lisa Robinson.

Lisa is what I call, "A Triple Threat." She has dominated the market with her ability to not only wow us in one avenue, yet three.

I have been given the privilege to work with Lisa for a few decades and I am continually amazed with her work ethic and her amazing capability to capture your attention through her work. Not only is she stunningly beautiful herself, she has a way of bringing out the beauty in everyone she works with.

In today's world, we are told to look and dress a certain way so a lot of times, the true beauty gets lost within ourselves. Lisa has the expertise to look at you and see the real person. She knows how to bring you out of your shell; to embrace who you are and let yourself blossom into the magnificent flower you are.

Lisa tells us about herself:

I became fascinated with fashion magazines when I was in middle school. The entire aspect of what goes into the shot (makeup, hair and styling) captured my attention. I realized that was what I wanted to do as my profession.

I wanted to create those beautiful images I saw in movies and in the magazines. Word got out that Universal Studios would be opening in the near future. Thinking this would be a great opportunity for me to get into the industry, I moved to Orlando. In the meantime, I did some modeling and extras work to learn more about being onset and how the industry worked. Thinking I needed a license in order to have my dream job I started school to get my cosmetology license.

After 1200 hours of school and getting my license, I realized you don't need a license to do makeup. For the makeup portion of the course, a speaker talked about his experience as a makeup artist in the industry. That speaker didn't talk a lot about makeup or makeup application, he talked about being onset. That 30 minutes, I would later learn was priceless and would change my life path.

Finishing school, I was disappointed to soon find out that Universal Studios would not be the working studio I thought so I started working on music videos and short films, anything, to get the experience of being onset. I moved back to my hometown, Pensacola in 96 and by then I had built up a small portfolio and started knocking on doors. Soon, I had a handful of regular clients consisting of local photographers, ad agencies and production companies. They knew the value of having someone do makeup for production, as well as being onset to keep the talent comfortable and confident. Today I still have my clients in Pensacola; however, I also work in other cities including Atlanta, Mobile, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orlando, Myrtle Beach and Tampa.

Being a freelance artist, I work on all kinds of productions: print, video, film and live performances. Each production is very different. I do commercial, lifestyle, fashion, interviews, concerts and live remotes. I do makeup, hair and wardrobe styling. I have also worked as a production coordinator on several different projects. What my job title is depends on the type of production and what the client needs.

My days are always different. Some days my call times are 4:00 a.m. on the beach, other days 2:00 p.m. in a studio or 3: p.m. at a law office, then maybe 10:00 p.m. at a nightclub. Some shoots are two hours, some 12 hours a day for four days or more. I work with a wide range of talent: male, female, adults and children. This allows my days to always be different and never boring.

My greatest accomplishment is my career in general. I'm pretty much self-taught. I walked into a market that did not have commercial makeup/stylists, so I made it my mission to create one. Now, not only do I work, but new upcoming artists are getting work too. This is because people are now educated in the value of having a makeup artist/stylist on their set.

My philosophy of life is to be kind. Listen. Always be open to learn new things. Help others anyway you can and don't ever think you are "the best," just be the best you can be.

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I get inspired to learn about people in this industry creating their own niche. Lisa is a true testament to that. Her passion and superb talent sets herself apart from the rest.

To see Lisa's work, go to: www.lisarobinsonstylist.com

About Tosha Cole Clemens: Tosha has over 10 years' experience in fashion. She has worked for top companies in the industry. Consisting of styling, trend forecasting, production, product development, design, and branding. She provides consulting and also is a contributing fashion writer for several magazines and the founder of www.NittyGrittyFashion.com