IN THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS…NEVER QUIT DREAMING The Story of Christina Shock

Meet Christina Schock. A friend and very talented makeup-hair artist. Her work can be viewed on facebook @ SchockMakeup and her website @ http://www.schockmakeup.com/
Don’t get so distracted and stay focussed, always believe in yourself and never give up, even when others don’t!!! .
So this is the home you grew up in. How old were you when you moved out? 
I lived there my whole life. From the moment I was born and they brought my home from the hospital. To the moment I moved out on my own to Seattle, when I was about 20 years old.
As a kid what did you dream about being when you grew up? 
Many different things. It would always change but it always be something creative. I wanted to be a make-up artist through my preteen years and when I was younger I wanted to be an artist, actor and even a musician. Until I realized it was really difficult to play an instrument, LOL. Playing an instrument just didn’t come the easily to me and that was when I realized I was a much more a visual person. Which lead into photography. Which I still do and enjoy from time to time.
Did your parents encourage you to be creative? 

It was a little bit of both. I am really happy that my mother always encouraged me to be creative. I always had crayons, markers paper and she taught me how to sew. She really encouraged me to do what ever I wanted do. She always said I could be anything I really wanted to be. That of course was until I reached high school and she was like you need to get a job LOL. So there was both sides. Be creative but don’t forget to be responsible.  I ended up going to College for Photography and Video but still ended up pursuing hair/make-up. I remember when I was a little girl I used to take my moms magazines and with my pens and markers I would draw more eye liner and play with people’s eyebrows in the magazine. It was fun to see how they would look differently when I changed their make-up, eyebrows and bigger eye leashes.
At this point in your life are you happy were you are at? 

Umm….kind of back and forth. In a way I am happy with all the things I accomplished so far. By no means I am done and I want to go further with it. I put it slightly on pause to have a child which I am truly grateful and happy I did, but there is still more to come. Just because you have to pause for a moment it doesn’t mean you have to stop dreaming or pursing your passion. It just means it might be a slightly different path then you originally start out on.

If there is one significant thing in your life right now you could change what would it be? 

 


I wish right now I was in a bigger market for what I do. I moved back to Seattle from LA to be with my family while my husband and I raise our child. I feel when I moved to LA my career really took off. I am now trying to figure out what the next step might be. Don’t get me wrong moving back to Seattle was the right move for us at this point in our lives and I am happy we did it.
One of your most vivid childhood memories? 
My cousin and I were obsessed with the band Kiss.  Around the age of 10 we would make guitars out different things and we would do our make-up to look like them. We would perform concerts in our living room and make our mothers be the audience. I was always Paul Stanley and my cousin would go back between Peter Criss and Gene Simmons. He really wanted to be Ace Frehley but not only for the fact I couldn’t do the star, we also didn’t have any silver make-up. We would spend hours in front of the mirror practicing before our big living room gigs.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? 
It has to be in 2010 when my work made it onto a billboard and it was totally unexpected. My roommate called me when I was out of town and was like I just saw that photo you worked on a billboard. It was such an awesome feeling when I flew back into to town and got to drive by and see it.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self? 
To not get so distracted and stay focussed. I knew I always wanted to do something creative and I eventually got there. It was just such a hard journey, as it should be. Anything worthwhile doesn’t come easy. I feel it is so easy to say its to hard and just give up and et a regular 9 to 5 job. I fell into trap  for a brief period of time. A couple years passed but thankfully I was able to refocus and continue on that creative path. I have to say you always believe in yourself and never give up, even when others don’t!!!

Author: shawn@shawnkinney.com

The Short: I am commercial portrait photographer, a native Chicagoan and an avid dog lover. When not behind the camera, you can me find out creating new experiences with my fiancé Renea and our Border Collie Cooper. The Long: After working construction for nearly 10 years, I felt I needed more, so I left Chicago in 2000 to explore the West Coast. I spent a decade in the Nevada Desert and four years in the Pacific Northwest discovering a love for photography while roaming breath taking sand dunes and scaling mountain ranges. That love is now my passion. I’ve finally come back home to Chicago and my Cubs, but I carry with me experiences that have shaped me into the person and photographer that I am today. I met many wonderful and amazing people during my travels, some of whom I love to call friends and my journey has allowed me to connect with people on every level, adapt to any situation. “Your ability to thrive in any environment and any situation rests not primarily on what you do, but who you are as a person, an individual; a human being”.

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