Has MEDIOCRE become the new EXCELLENCE…MUA’s??

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles




of only moderate quality; not very good.

“a mediocre actor”

synonyms: ordinary, average, middling, middle-of-the-road, uninspired, undistinguished, indifferent, unexceptional, unexciting, unremarkable, run-of-the-mill, pedestrian, prosaic, lackluster, forgettable, amateur, amateurish; More

Just haphazardly getting by MUA’s. They refuse to learn from those who mastered the art form before them. They skate by on following the heard of mass “followers”, unfortunately never becoming a leader.

Ooohhh they get by on simply doing okay work…nothing stellar or memorable. And they know it deep inside. If they were wise they would rise by humbling  themselves. To learn to surround themselves with people with more talent and refinement than themselves and not be fearful or offended by them. IF they’re smart or a visionary.

If they are insecure in their mediocrity they will never have masterful Artists in their presence…because it’s a painful reminder of all they lack. A form of psychosis, phobia and a mirror to shortcomings.

Mmmmm, never really quite hitting the mark because the lack of humility, focus, study and purpose. There’s always something that’s just a bit off; you know like the wrong shoes or purse with that dress. Mmmmm no!

Oh, let me be clear about myself; I’ve had off times too in my career and,… at times in my personal life…so there’s no read there in my own admission. HOWEVER, I have laid the foundation of purposefulness in Artistry in my early years. 

I knew early on no matter what it looked like to others, I knew the power of speaking my career into existence. Not simply faking it to make it. You see the kind of family I came from mediocre was unacceptable. Don’t come up in this race with wood when we’re working on bronze, silver and gold medalists mentalities! 

That’s rough right?? Mmmm no, not really,… if you choose to see it as a challenge to build in you greatness instead of taking it as a negative. 

Sometimes it’s hard because we don’t get to control every step in our journey. 

But it’s not just one putting out mediocre Makeupartistry.  

No, a lot of it is that funky attitude, lack of follow up, lying about your work, self importance with no track record (receipts/checks/clients), or you do have a track record BUT…you’re on some ol pedestrian style makeup (mediocre) but you just got lucky and always managed keep working simply because you have a track record (résumé’).

I’m indeed calling it all to the carpet because I’ve seen so much overtime and a lot of it is an imbalance between artistry, excellence and attitude. Artists are in a beauty industry with ugly practices?? 

This post is for both the seasoned artist who yes has paved the way BUT…you’re not giving back to the industry babies or your peers by operating in fear.

This post is a memo to the newbies…you may have some skill but learn to humble yourselves and learn from those who cleared a path for you to come through and show your art. The respect does not just go to your contemporaries but to those who came and sacrificed before Instagram/YouTube/Twitter…give respect and you will get knowledge that can take you beyond mediocre!

Now,… I challenge you to greatness with respect!!!

Music in Film & TV…Beyonce’s Lemonade Emmy Nominations 

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

Music is always in the background of every commercial, film or TV programming so, it’s no surprise in the evolution of music videos that music would now become center stage at the Emmys. 

When music is no longer relegated to the music channels on tv it’s news. It’s groundbreaking even. It’s LEMONADE! The format of visual albums really came about through the work and vision of Musical Artist Beyonce’. With her first official visual album “Beyonce'” and now with her second “Lemonade”.

Is it possible that multiple Grammy winner Beyonce’ would now become an Emmy Winning Director/ Executive Producer? Well from the looks of it it’s certainly possible and would be on the record as a first!!

I remember doing Beyonce’s makeup when she was with Destiny’s Child she was so soft spoken…”Yes, ma’am, thank you ma’am.” So sweet and with amazingly clear, unblemished skin tone and texture. She was well mannered as we’re all the girls of Destiny’s Child. It was my joy to shoot with them. 

Who knew this sweet child would turn the world upside down upon its head?! Mmmmmm…I could’ve told you that that day if you’d asked me! 

Makeup by NZINGHA for ZFACEINC,nyc * Photograpged by Marcus Klinko shoot for VIBE Magazine’s “Next” section

You know, …you can feel when legends are in the making. And here Beyonce’ was right before me, her little face literally in the palm of my hands as I’m doing her makeup! I remember blessing her and praying for her(at her request)in the photo studio’s ladies room. Praying about the entertainment journey her group was about to embark on.

Next to Prince, Beyonce has now garnished the capability of moving into a whole new genre of Artistry. And as far as I can see she indeed is already a winner by taking the first steps to bring her music to an evolutionary stat that is undeniable.

The film reportedly had 787,000 viewers in the 18-49 demographic. And the album has sold 500,000 to 600,000 units last time I checked and that’s no small feat. 

No to mention all the ruckus at the Super Bowl over her performance of “Formation” which marked an all-time high for the Super Bowl, ultimately having the best-ever number of viewer at 114.4 million!!

Outstanding Variety Special

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special

Beyonce (Director)

Kahlil Joseph (Director)

Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Nonfiction, Event Or Award Special

Hannah Beachler (Production Designer)

Chris Britt (Art Director)

Kim Murphy (Set Decorator) 

Outstanding Picture Editing For Variety Programming

Bill Yukich (Editor) 

I say anything is possible and there is not limit to the sky! Congratulations on your nomination Beyonce’! Breaking ground is never easy but when it’s all said and done it was so worth it!