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Although Gusnaldi began dreaming of a career as a makeup artist at an early age, he found himself facing the difficult decision to usurp ...
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Although Gusnaldi began dreaming of a career as a makeup artist at an early age, he found himself facing the difficult decision to usurp his straightforward life in Sumatra and move to the capital. It was a decision that he took and would never come to regret. “I was trying to become a makeup artist [at the beginning of my professional life], but my previous job as a banker had no connection to that. I moved from Bukit Tinggi, West Sumatra, to Jakarta and tried to live a new life,” Gusnaldi says. In the capital, he learned how to apply makeup at a small salon called Martha Tilaar. Although self-made men have good reason to celebrate their success, Gusnaldi is adamant that humility is the essential ingredient to remaining on top once there. “If you want to be successful and big in everything you do in life, don’t be arrogant. It will kill your career,” he cautions. Gusnalid’s talent and reputation have sat him across from many a famous face, and he cites his first meeting with Mrs. Liliana Tanoesoedibjo as an unforgettable moment. “I still remember the first time she came to my little salon on Fatmawati. What amazes me is that she has managed to maintain such youthful features,” he smiles. Gusnaldi says hard work and professionalism have been the keys to his success. “For me, professionalism means taking responsibility for every single thing I do. I don’t like to waste my time, nor chances, and I am very professional in my relationships with others ,” he explains. Demonstrating his industry-leading talent and vision, Gusnaldi conducted the preparation of all of the models at The Masterpiece 2009. “My team and I prepared everything to perfection because it was an honor for me to do so. It had to be luxurious and magnificent,” he says. At this year’s event, Gusnaldi returned to a more international theme. “This year, dominant colors are glamorous. Every designer has his own specific theme, but the most important thing is that I want my makeup to be forever; fashionable the next year ,” he says. Never satisfied with staying still, Gusnaldi is preparing for his next great challenge. “I will act opposite Gary Ishak in a movie based on my own novel, Pria Terakhir [Last Man]. I’m so proud of my book and will never let this chance go by. This is my first experience of being an actor and I will do my best to make it perfect,” he says devoutly. This attitude speaks volumes about who Gusnaldi is; a talented individual who is never satisfied, who always strives to better himself. “I love beauty. I want to know everything. I will always try something new. But the most important thing is that I put creativity above all else as a means to achieve the extraordinary,” he says.