Daven Mayeda knew at a very early age that he wanted to be an artist. He spent his childhood exploring ways to be creative which resulted in his interest in drawing, painting, calligraphy, and composing classical music. A close friend once told Daven, “Passion will make you crazy”. Even though that may be true, Daven admits “Passion is what drives me in my career. I can’t imagine living without it. People need to passionate about something in life. I am fortunate enough to have found mine and made it into a career.”
Daven began as a hairstylist and makeup artist working on the big island of Hawaii but eventually he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams. Once in L.A., Daven was hired as an instructor at the Cao Institute of Aesthetics, a Paul Mitchell Partner School, where he taught hair cutting, coloring, and makeup.
While teaching, Daven continued to pursue freelance work doing fashion and celebrity editorials, album covers, advertising campaigns and television. To date, he has worked with such noteworthy musicians and celebrities as Mariah Carey, Adele, Brian McKnight, Mark Ronson, Henry Rollins, Kelly Hu and Lea Salonga.
When Daven has free time, he travels across the country teaching makeup workshops because it allows him to interact with new artists from all walks of life. You can follow Daven on twitter at @DavenMayeda.