PROFILE Merrell Hollis

Merrell_HollisWhere were you born?
Columbus, Georgia

Where do you live now?
New York City

What’s your sign?
Sagittarius

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Obstetrician/Gynecologist

How did that transpose into a career in makeup?
I guess I truly just wanted to work with women and makeup was the only physical way I saw that I could.

What was your first memorable work as an artist?
My first memorable work as an artist was definitely my first job. There was an R&B group called 112 that I loved that was shooting a video in Atlanta. Being the super-fan and the young crazy boy that I was, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to let them meet their number one fan. So that night I dropped my mom off at work, as she as working a night shift, and I headed up to Atlanta. I found the Georgian Terrace where they were shooting and the security was pretty tight, which meant I needed to come up with a way to get myself on set. In my mind I figured since they always scream, “MAKEUP!” in movies when they are filming something, if I pretended to be the…  >> To see the rest of Merrell Hollis inspiring interview Order the Spring 2016 Issue here.