#ChromeHomie: Shannon O'Brien

July 27, 2016

Here at Chrome City, we pride ourselves in having ultra-creative and inspiring homies throughout the Chicago area. Each week, the Chrome Chronicle will share a little bit about these incredible people and why we are excited to feature them as our #ChromeHomie.

Let us introduce our Homie, Shannon.

Shannon O'Brien, Makeup Artist


Q: Explain your job position.


A: By trade I am a professional makeup artist. But as I am sure my entrepreneurial fam knows - being your own boss requires wearing a lot more hats than just "what you do" for a living. Never a dull moment!


Q: What is your creative process?


A: Research is huge for me. I like to be armed with a lot of information before I show up anywhere. It helps me feel confident in the creative choices I make. It can be a delicate balance though. When you're in charge of someone's image - it's not just up to you. I have to be able to collaborate, make suggestions, take charge AND take direction.


Q: What inspires and motivates you?


A: So many things! Inspiration is everywhere - literally EVERYWHERE. It's all about letting yourself be open to it. My peers inspire and motivate me as well. It's cool to have such a supportive creative community here. And of course, my family! (Hi Matt + Lu!)


Q: How did you end up in Chicago?


A: I grew up not far from the city. It was always a goal to do it big and move to Chicago. I worked 2 jobs while commuting & attending Columbia College so I could save enough money. I'm so grateful for that time even though I am not quite sure how I did it!


Q: What is your favorite part about living in Chicago?


A: Exploring it! There is always something new (or not so new) to discover. The best thing you can do in this city is get on a bike and go to a neighborhood you've not visited. Chances are you will find a new favorite spot. I make a point to know the best hot dog in every neighborhood.


Q: What has most influenced your career?


A: Taking risks. It was a risk to quit my full-time job to try my hand at being self employed. I do my best to never say no to anything that seems scary. Those are the experiences that have consistently pushed my career to the next level. Even if I wanted to barf for several days leading up to it.


Q: What is your experience with Alex and Chrome City?


A: Alex and I actually met way back in the day when we were both beauty-counter gurus. Slingin' makeup to the public and changing the world one lipstick at a time. Even back then, it wasn't hard to notice that she was authentic gal with a warm personality. She's magnetic - and it is spectacular to see her grow and become so successful (although I am not surprised). It makes my heart swell!


Thanks for being a Chrome Homie, Shannon!

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