Makeup artist Hung Vanngo on meeting the man who launched his career.
“When I first started out, believe it or not, I was very shy.
I worked as a hairdresser at a salon and did makeup on the side. I didn’t really know what direction to go.
I reached out to KELLY STREIT, who owned MODE MODELS CALGARY at the time. He scouted a lot of the top Canadian models.
Kelly met with me, and I started working on his girls’ headshots and castings.
He knew everybody in town and would recommend me to local shoots, advertising campaigns, and fashion shows. I did everything that he had the power to suggest me for in Calgary.
Without Kelly, I wouldn’t be doing makeup for celebrities and models.
I went with him on my first trip to New York and I basically fell in love [with the city], but I had nothing besides a little portfolio from his model tests; you can’t really get a working visa — or anything at all — with that.
So he and I worked together on a plan for me to move to New York. Kelly saw talent in me and encouraged me to get out of Canada.
If I have anyone to thank for beginning my career, it would be him.
— as told to The Thick