China Upshaw

Job Title/Occupation:
Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist

What made you want to work in this industry?
I love to make people over and reveal to them a better them.

What was your best & worst job you ever had?
The best is what I do now. The worst was McDonalds in high school for about 2 weeks,

Do you feel that men dominate your industry right now? (i.e. Yusef Williams & Terrell Mullin, etc)
Men dominate because there are a lot of female celebs who want to be praised worshipped instead of just having their hair done. The men give them the extra ATTENTION that women don’t. If you want me to constantly tell you how pretty you are, you have to pay extra for that, LMAO!

What women in your field do you admire?
Kim Kimble, Tippi Shorter, Kiyah Wright, Tabitha


How do you feel about the state of the music industry?
Lately, with these simple cat in the hat lyrics that are winning nowadays, I feel like an old lady. Back when I was clubbing we used do dance. Now, they just barely 2 step!

Who is your favorite musical client?
Not my client, but my favorite [artist] I have worked with is Kelly Rowland.

What is the best thing about your job?
I get to be the creative person that I am.

What is the worst thing about your job?

What is the worst part of the industry?
Waiting on checks for months at a time

Who do you feel is a bad representation of women in the industry?
ummmmm No comment

Has there ever been a time when you wanted to just quit?
Absolutely! I take a break, give myself a pep talk, then remind myself giving up is NOT an option!

What advice would you give yourself at 21?
Live in the moment.

What advice do you have for girls just breaking into the industry?
Its not a sprint, its a Long distance race.

What has been the highlight or favorite moment of your career thus far?
Idris Elba flirted with me for like 2 minutes LOL

What advice would you give to a newly signed artist?
Keep an attorney on speed dial.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
As an internationally known young mogul with a hand in some of EVERYTHING

Where did you see yourself being today 5 years ago?
Married with Kids!