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CV-ROOTS is short for Central Valley Roots. It is our goal to feature the locals from the Central Valley that have moved away to persue careers in the entertainment industry. From personal assistants of the rich & famous, fashion designers, makeup artists, musicians, actors , and comedians. We want to connect you to your family here in the Central Valley.


Bill MelendezMakeup Artist
Central Valley Native Gilbert Soliz

by Frankie Leal

Celebrity Detour had the pleasure of speaking with Reedley native and make-up artist Gilbert Soliz. Gilbert now resides in Los Angeles and is a rising star in his field. He shows promise of becoming a highly recognized talent. Gilbert has showcased his skills on Americas Next Top Model and the MTV show, The Hills and has also made an appearance on Good Morning America. Gilbert finds himself embracing opportunities that he only dreamed possible.

TM: Where are you from?
GS: Born and raised in Reedley CA.

What do your parents do?
Both my parents do hair. My dad owns a Barber shop in Reedley and has worked there for more than 15 years.

Do you have any brothers & sisters?
I’m the oldest of 6; three brothers, two sisters.

Where do you live now?
Silverlake, Los Angeles. I’ve been here for a little over 3 years now.

How did you get started in Makeup?
As a child I would watch my mom sit Indian-style in front of a big mirror and transform herself. I was fascinated with black eyeliner and how she would create a cat eye. When she would leave the room I would sneak in and try and re-create it on myself.

How did your make-up artist career begin?
At the age of nineteen I started working in the cosmetics department at Macys. I started with Benefit, transferred to M.A.C. then spent a few years with Chanel before I left for L.A.

How long have you been doing this line of work?
Ten years now! I love what I do. I eat, sleep, and breathe makeup!

How did you find success in a market that is so saturated with great artists?
What sets Gilbert Soliz apart from the rest?

You really have to network and put yourself out there, if you’re passionate enough all your hard work will eventually pay off. When I first came out here, I was determined so I ended up doing a lot of jobs for free, just to get my name and work out there. I think what sets me apart from the rest is, I try to remain humble and grateful. I’ve had many opportunities and amazing experiences working in the industry and I never forget who I am and where I come from. I love sharing my gift and talent with others who have the same dream.

What advice would you give to someone that would want to enter this industry?
Make sure it’s really what you want, because it’s not easy! Leave the attitude behind and be open but never let anyone get you down.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
One of my future goals is creating my own brand of cosmetics.

Have you worked with celebrities?
Yes, I’ve worked with the Pussy Cat Dolls, Steven Tyler, Liv Tyler, and Regina King; just to name a few.

What have been some of your most memorable celebrity collaborations?
Working with the Tylers in the Bahamas for 3 days; Aerosmith performed for the grand opening of The Cove at the Atlantis resort, and I had the opportunity to chill and hang out with him and his family at their private estate. I got them ready for their performance, dinner parties, and red carpet events.

What are some of the makeup products every girl should carry in her purse?
Lipstick or lip gloss, foundation, lash curler, mascara, and black eyeliner.

How often do you come home and visit?
I try to come home a least once a month if my schedule permits. I have a niece and nephew who I am crazy about and I can’t go very long without seeing them.

Do you ever think you will move back to your hometown?
MMMMMmmmmm....I really can’t say. As of now, no. But you never know what the future holds.

Before venturing into the beauty industry, was there another career path you had set for yourself?
I wanted to be a nurse. I worked at a convalescent hospital for 2 years.

Is there anything you would like to say to your hometown?
I am very proud of where I come from, I have a tremendous amount of friends and family who I love and would be nothing without. They are truly the ones who inspire me to be better. Thanks for believing in me.


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