I first met Ryan B. Anthony last Summer in Philadelphia. He was doing one of he close friends Hair and makeup for her birthday party. I attending the same party and was asked to do makeup for the even as well. My first impression of Ryan was a very chill persona. As the night progressed and i got a chance to know him a little bit more. I found out that he is a man of MANY talents, and he's actually good at all of them. He's also hands down a real gentlemen, but definitely a guy that's not afraid to let his hair down.
Ryan B. Anthony and Neon Fix in contact through social networking, and the occasional party invite. Recently he donated his time for Neon Fix Care first ever "Vanity Day." Which he was very helpful and enthusiastic about the cause.
I Had time to chat with Ryan about who he is, and what makes this guy tick. Here is the interview!!! Enjoy reading about a man who's abilities have no limit.
Enjoy NEON FIX ARTIST SPOTLIGHT OF RYAN B ANTHONY!!!
Questions by: Tinisee Buckman
TB:How old are you?
RBA:25 years wise
TB:Where are you originally from?
TB:Where do you currently reside?
TB:What is you passion(s)…ie what do you do?
RBA:MY PASSIONS ARE LIFE, LOVE, AND LIVING FREELY. WHAT I DO IS IMAGE CONSULTING, MAKEUP ARTISTRY, HAIR ARTISTRY, FASHION DESIGN AND EXPRESSIONIST PAINTING.
TB:How long have you been a makeup artist/ Hair Stylist?
RBA:I STARTED STUDYING HAIR AND MAKEUP REALLY YOUNG, BUT PROFESSIONALLY ABOUT SEVEN YEARS.
TB:What could you say is the “POP” that makes your artistry stand out from the crowd?
RBA:I AM THE POP THAT REPRESENTS MY ARTISTRY. PERSONALITY, POSITIVE ENERGY, AND CHARM HAS TAKEN ME REALLY FAR. I DON'T TRY TO STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD, I JUST DO THE BEST I CAN IN WHAT EVER I DO.
TB:When did you decide to take doing hair/makeup/styling from just play into a full-time job?
RBA:I DECIDED TO BECOME INDEPENDENT AFTER THE ECONOMY DIDN'T ALLOW ME TO WORK FULL-TIME CONSISTENTLY. BEING TOLD THAT I WAS OVER QUALIFIED FOR POSITIONS, GAVE ME THE DRIVE TO BECOME MY OWN BOSS ELEVATING AND MAXIMIZING MY SKILL LEVEL. HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING A RETAIL JOB PUSHED ME TO TAKE WHAT I DO SERIOUSLY.
TB:What is your favorite product(s) that you can not work without?
RBA:JUST GIVE ME MY BRUSHES, VARIOUS SHADES OF CONCEALER, A BRONZER AND WATCH ME GO!!
TB:Do you have a specific aesthetic that you like to stick to?
RBA:YES, TO ALWAYS REVEAL THE DEPTH ON ONES BEAUTY THROUGH ARTISTRY, I FOCUS ON THAT EVERY SINGLE TIME.
TB:I know you must have some HECTIC days in your line of work. What is the CRAZIEST day you have had in your profession?
RBA:YOUR RIGHT, I'VE HAD TONS OF CRAZY DAYS BUT THE ONE THAT IS MOST MEANINGFUL AND PROFOUND WAS MY FIRST NYC FASHION WEEK JOB. I NEVER WORKED IN NYC BEFORE THEN, AND I WAS SO SCARED, NERVOUS AND EXCITED. I WAS BOOKED TO DO MAKEUP, HOWEVER THE DESIGNER WAS SHORT ON HAIR STYLISTS. THE OPPORTUNITY PRESENTED ITSELF FOR ME TO TAKE A RISK AND SHOWCASE MY SKILLS, AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I DID. FOURTEEN MODELS LATER, I WAS BEING CALLED THE KEY HAIR STYLIST FOR THAT SHOW. I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE WHAT I WAS CAPABLE OF AT THE AGE OF NINETEEN, I REALIZED THAT MY HANDS AND MY VISIONS COULD WORK WONDERS..I FELT BLESSED.
RBA:ITS EMOTIONAL AND UNCONTROLLED. I LIKE TO REPRESENT HOW I FEEL THROUGH MY STYLE.
TB:Would you say that you are a very stylish person?
RBA:I WOULD SAY I LOVE TO HAVE FUN WITH CLOTHING AND TRY NEW THINGS, PEOPLE WOULD SAY THAT I AM STYLISH OR AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN TOLD.
TB:What is your favorite quote?
RBA:I HAVE SO MANY, BUT I CAN CHOOSE ONE, "IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE SENSE, AS LONG AS IT LOOKS GOOD"- Ryan B.
TB:Are there time when you doubt yourself as an artist?
RBA:OF COURSE MANY TIMES, BUT WITHOUT DOUBT I WOULDN'T HAVE THE ZEAL TO LEARN MORE.
TB:What would you day is your weakness?
RBA:MY WEAKNESS IS ALSO MY STRENGTH, IT'S LOVE.
RBA:I AM EVER GROWING AND CHANGING, CONSTANTLY IN SEARCH FOR THE UNKNOWN AND TRYING TO SEE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES OF THE OBVIOUS. IM DARING, SILLY, A GEEK AT HEART, LOVING AND EXTREMELY SELF AWARE. I ALSO KNOW THAT THIS QUESTION COULD HAVE A THOUSAND ANSWERS SO I'LL JUST SAVE THE REST FOR THE READERS OBSERVATIONS.
TB:How did your family take the news then you told them you were about to move to NYC to pursue your dreams?
RBA:MY MOTHER RESPECTED MY DECISION BUT THE NEWS DID BOTHER HER. MY FAMILY WAS ABSOLUTELY AGAINST IT, BUT AT THAT TIME NO ONE COULD HAVE STOPPED ME, IT WAS A GREAT DECISION AND I WOULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN.
TB:Is it sometimes hard to have a stable relationship with such a busy, and sometime non-stop work schedule?
RBA:YES!!! FRIENDSHIPS, RELATIONSHIPS, ANYTHING THAT INVOLVES DEDICATING TIME AND NURTURING. ITS HARD BUT LIKE ANYTHING, IF YOU WANT IT TO WORK, IT WILL.
RBA:I DON'T HAVE A GENERAL CLIENTELE, THEY ALL COME FROM DIFFERENT WALKS OF LIFE, SOME ARE VERY KNOWN IN THE SOCIAL SCENE, SOME ARE MOTHERS, SOME ARE TEENS, SOME ARE TRENDY MEN, AND SOME COULD CARE LESS ABOUT FASHION OR BEAUTY, BUT THE SERVICE IS CONSISTENT WITH EVERYONE. IF MY CLIENT HAS A NEED, IT WILL BE FULFILLED.
TB:Is it easy being Ryan B. Anthony?
RBA:OF COURSE, IF I CAN'T BE ME WHO ELSE WOULD I BE? NO THANK YOU LOL I LOVE MYSELF..A LOT.
TB:I know that you are also taking on a new project: Ryan B Anthony the Designer. When did this new Journey begin?
RBA:I WAS ACTUALLY DESIGNING BEFORE HAIR AND MAKEUP, BUT AT THE MOMENT WHERE I COULD HAVE TAKEN MYSELF AS A DESIGNER TO THE NEXT LEVEL, I SAID NO. I FELT LIKE I WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE FASHION OF BEING A FASHION DESIGNER. NOT JUST MAKING CLOTHES BUT UNDERSTANDING THE CULTURE BEHIND THE ART FORM. I FEEL LIKE I'M READY NOW, SO TO BE CONTINUED...;)
TB:Do you have a name for you line?
RBA:I DO, IT'S QUITE SIMPLE "RYAN B".
RBA:THE FOCUS WILL BE FOR WHO EVER DESIRES TO FEEL AND LOOK AMAZING. MY DESIGNS ARE NOT BUILT BY WALLS, BUT BY WHAT I'M ABLE TO GIVE AND WHAT THE CONSUMER WILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE.
TB:Will you see yourself designing for men?
RBA:YES, IN TIME TAILORING IS SOMETHING I TAKE SERIOUSLY AND WITH MENSWEAR THAT MUST COME FIRST, AT LEAST FOR MY DESIGNS.
TB:Are you satisfied with where your journeys have taken you so far? Are there any regrets?
RBA:I AM SATISFIED WITH MY JOURNEY, AND IT MAY SOUND COMMON BUT NO I DON'T HAVE ANY REGRETS. LIFE IS FOR LIVING, NOT REGRETTING.
TB:I know that there are many young artist that look up to you (myself included). What are some encouraging words that you can tell them to help them on their journey?
RBA:THANK YOU FIRST, AND JUST ALWAYS BE OPEN TO FINDING THE DEPTH OF WHO YOU ARE, WHEN YOU HAVE AN UNDERSTAND OF YOURSELF, YOU COULD PRETTY MUCH DO ANYTHING YOU ALLOW YOURSELF TO DO. OH AND FEAR IS A BAD INVESTMENT, TRY COURAGE IT KEEPS YOU RICH;)
TB:Where do you see Ryan B. Anthony in the next 5 years?
RBA:ONLY GOD KNOWS, I'M JUST DIGGIN THE MOMENT OF TODAY..
TB:Neon Fix Cares is a Non Profit that is proving the “Value of Vanity” for anyone who is suffer from low self-esteem due to tough life experiences. Letting them know that it’s ok to love yourself and know that power that we all carry. How in your own way can you spread the word of positive vanity?
RBA:I THINK BY PRACTICING WHAT I PREACH AND SETTING AN EXAMPLE TO THOSE WHO MAY NOT UNDERSTAND POSITIVE VANITY. IF I CAN SHOW SOME ONE THAT LOVING MYSELF IS AWESOME, THEN IT MIGHT STIMULATE THE AWARENESS OF SELF LOVE WITHIN THEIR SOULS..
TB:Who inspires you to keep doing what you do....Who is you No1 Cheerleader?
RBA:MY MOMMY INSPIRES ME AND WOMEN ALL OVER THE WORLD, AND I AM MY #1 CHEERLEADER, I HAVE TO BE..
TB:Who are your industry icons that inspired you to do all that you do today?
RBA:SAM FINE, KEVYN AUCION, ANDY WARHOL, CHRISTIAN DIOR, COCO CHANEL AND ALEXANDER MCQUEEN.
Ryan B. Anthony is truly a progressive artist, and constantly taking his artistry to the next level. I am not only proud to call him a good friend. I'm also pleased that he carries the same passion when it comes to the beauty industry. I can see his name written in the stars among his idols.
So to the boys, girls, and in-between; keep your eyes on this star quality artist! You might just be reading about this outstanding artist with his unique take on the fashion world...That is if you haven't already.