From Survivor to Thriver

Color and Beauty for Everyone: Mental Health Among the LGBTQ+ Community with Andrew Velazquez

December 29, 2022 Erik DaRosa & Marc Fernandes
From Survivor to Thriver
Color and Beauty for Everyone: Mental Health Among the LGBTQ+ Community with Andrew Velazquez
Show Notes

In this special episode of From Survivor to Thriver, we had the honor of sitting down with Andrew Velazquez to talk about his journey as a member of the LGBTQ+ community and how he uses his experience as someone who has suffered from trauma and thoughts of suicide to help others in a similar position. 

He recently released his book, “Amore es Arte | Arte es Amore. Love is Art | Art is Love” with a goal to be a source of positivity and light to all. 

Andrew Velazquez is a born and bred Angeleno who always knew he was meant for a life in beauty. He is the founder of Love is Art, Art is Love cosmetics and a finalist on American Beauty Star. In a star-studded career, Andrew has worked as a makeup artist with major celebrities, from Lady Gaga to RuPaul to Demi Levato, along with countless others on major film, TV and music video productions. 

Growing up in Boyle Heights on the eastside of Los Angeles, in the closet and raised in a macho environment, he turned to his faith in God and the support of his mother, who encouraged him to attend the Los Angeles Music and Art School. 

After earning his G.E.D., he attended LA Trade Tech at the age of 16 and graduated with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. Shortly thereafter, he attended cosmetology school at West Valley Occupational Center, graduating with honors and receiving his license. 

While rising through the ranks of MAC and Anastasia Beverly Hills, he built a loyal following in film, TV, music and fashion before being selected for American Beauty Star and launching his own cosmetics line.  

Andrew currently lives with his dogs and husband Johnny Debut in Orlando, Florida.  

In today’s episode we cover: 

  • How trauma transformed Andrew 
  • Taking control of your own power 
  • The impact of our words
  • Choosing positivity and light
  • How Andrew grounds himself when he is feeling anxiety
  • The healing power of animals
  • What’s happening now within the LGBTQ+ community
  • The importance of vulnerability among men
  • The impact of music and the arts
  • Mentorship

We hope you enjoyed our conversation with Andrew. If you want to hear more from her, make sure to follow him on Instagram and get your hands on a copy of his new book here. 

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“Positivity can win. It can always be the light at the end of the dark tunnel.” -Andrew

“Animals are really great healers.” -Erik

“We don’t find our partners often until we are comfortable in our own skin.” -Marc