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    The Starving Artists Project


    When you’re a starving artist, the idea of the expense of updating your headshots every 6 months can be daunting but one of the more critical things you can do for your career. It can be cost prohibitive for many in the industry.


    Michael Bezjian, one of the best known Los Angeles photographers for Getty/WireImage saw where he could make a difference in the entertainment community and created The Starving Artists Project specifically for those that couldn’t afford the cost of doing this every 6 months.


    “I've discovered that working artists and struggling artists need each other. When they come together in a relaxed environment it's very supportive and inspirational” shares Bezjian.


    Simply, for those young entertainers that could use a helping hand, SAP offered not only a photo shoot with headshots, but makeup, styling and even sponsored clothes. Actors, models, musicians, comedians and other artists make a donation of what they can afford.


    Established artists also participate knowing that income from their press images are utilized to help run the program and assist less established artists. Press images are taken of participants some to be used immediately while others may be used in the future.


    Bezjian was first inspired to become a photographer by his dad Joseph Bezjian. To this day “the image that inspired me the most as it’s the image that I always fall back on when searching for new inspiration is the photo that my father took a the close of WWII. I never saw this image or many others he took until years after he passed away. It was seeing the images he took that I never saw that turned me into a professional photographer for the first time at the age of 45. I’ve been taking pictures since the age of 7, so I’ve been doing it my whole life; the difference is that now I love what I’m doing for a living.”


    The first time I stopped by SAP, AnnaLynne McCord and her sister Rachel McCord were being photographed in between their selfies. AnnaLynne, known for “90210” tv show was getting shot with her Somaly Mam charity beads. Rachel McCord is known for her The McCord List blog and creation of influencer events for the fashion minded.


    Jade Martinez’s Moonstar Cosmetics team of hair, makeup and stylists gave me a camera ready look complete with full makeup and hair styling, designed to work with HDTV, Moonstar Cosmetics and its team regularly works with celebrities and various shows with their natural products.


    I had brought my own clothes but also discovered a prop closet, clothes and Mayasutra fashions, both bohemian and feminine inspired, which was hosting the SAP that day.


    The next time I dropped by SAP they were hosted by fashion retailer Moods of Norway, known for its colorful happy clothes. Cast members from the newly Emmy winning series “The Bay” with Emmys in hand had dropped by for press images and to show their support, including creator and director Gregori J. Martin along with producers Kristos Andrews and Celeste Andrews plus Matthew Ashford (Days of Our Lives), Terri Ivens (All My Children), Carlo Mendez, Kira Reed Lorsch, artist Jourdain LaFleur and Alice Aoki (Dragon Blade, Bond: Kizuna).


    A few weeks ago, The Starving Artists Project celebrated its first year. An artist himself, Bezjian will tell you “One of the biggest rewards has been the challenge to find that "star" look with each new artist. It's easy with celebs; they've already had lots of practice.” Expect the creation of many more star looks to come with Bezjian and The Starving Artists Project.

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