I've spent most of my life appreciating, researching, being inspired by, and practicing the art of makeup, but have only in the last year thought about turning my passion and hobby into a business. Living in Washington DC, it never really occurred to me to pursue makeup artistry and I've worked in the defense field on a full time basis for the last six years, which has to be utter opposite on the industry spectrum. I haven't seen much evidence of a thriving makeup artist community in the DC area, but I think there is a huge market to be tapped in the metropolitan area covering three states. I also think that marketing myself will be a challenge, and thus in pops "model mayhem" which I've heard references of several times, and thought why not give it a try while I'm building up my portfolio, website, clientele. It sounds like and appears to be a great forum for someone like me.