As a former celebrity makeup artist, known as “makeupbysamuel”, I had the opportunity to work with many wonderful people and travel to various places around the world. When my career took off at the age of 19, I was a young adult with one goal in mind. My goal was to be known for my artistic work in the beauty industry. Little did I know that God had other plans for my life.
I grew up in a small town just a few miles South of Houston, TX. I am the youngest sibling of 3. Being raised in a Christian home taught to me to respect others regardless of how they treat you. We became part of the church ministry early on in life when my father was called to become a Pastor in 1998. Life as a Pastor’s child was not easy, there was something different about me that other kids could not comprehend. I was bullied and made fun of most of my years in elementary school. This led me to experience feelings of low self-esteem. During my middle school years, I began to struggle even more to such an extent that I had doubts of my own identity. As I entered high school, I became rebellious and had my first experience with drugs (pills). At this point no one, including my family, was going to stop me from living my life.
My interest to explore the fashion industry grew more and more after I finished high school. I soon realized that I wanted to become a makeup artist and attended workshops to perfect my skills. The determination within me to excel as a makeup artist was the motivating factor for me to move to Los Angeles and chase my dream. I booked a flight to Los Angeles with nothing but $400 in my pocket. I had no family or a place to live in Los Angeles. The challenges I faced in a new state were overwhelming, but even then, I refused to look back. Before I knew it, I became acquainted with the lifestyle in Los Angeles. I met new friends and began to dig myself deeper into this hole that no human being could help me out of. I had fallen into drug addiction, alcohol, partying, and homosexuality. At one point in life, I was hurt by the people who I called my "friends” and felt as if I was all alone.
Even though I was far from God, He never failed to show me his love and mercy. My heart was hardened and it felt nearly impossible for me to leave my dream behind and render my life to God. I began to “manifest” and had set new goals for myself which I did accomplish. The year 2022 marked 7 years since I first moved to Los Angeles. This year initiated exactly how I had envisioned and was working with high profile celebrities. I was thriving as a makeup artist.
In Spring of 2021, I made a trip to Miami to meet up with a group of friends to have some fun. On March 13, I had an accident and sustained a brain injury that almost took my life. I was in a coma for 4 weeks and the medical team didn’t think I was going to make it through. My family never left my bedside and constantly prayed to God for a miracle.
After 4 weeks of being in critical condition, God began to heal my body. I was transferred from Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach to a Neuro Rehab hospital in Houston on April 22, 2021. I spent only 2 weeks at TIRR Memorial Hermann because I was progressing so quickly and was discharged on May 8, 2021. After being told by the medical team that my future was uncertain, that I had suffered extensive brain damage, and would have problems speaking and walking...I am alive today because
I know God has a plan for my life.
After being tired of living a sinful life and feeling this sense of emptiness time and time again, I gave my life to Jesus Christ on August of 2021. I thank God everyday for this second opportunity. My new project “Heart of Flesh” serves as a testimony that God has turned my heart of stone into a heart of flesh…(Ezekiel 36:26). If he changed my life, he is powerful to change your life as well. It doesn’t matter how deep you have fallen. I hope that through the inspirational messages and scriptures of the apparel created, you may be blessed. That it serve as a reminder that you are loved by God.