"My world turned to technicolor when I moved to LA..."
And it was while working as an assistant at a Beverly Hills hair salon in 2005, that Sergio became utterly fascinated with Fashion, Beauty and the Hunger Games of Hollywood. Instantly, makeup artistry turned from fascination, to obsession, and Sergio attended The Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy in Hollywood, CA, and was certified in Fashion/Glamour/Bridal Makeup, exploring the industry an Artist & Ambassador for Too Faced Cosmetics, Giorgio Armani Cosmetics, BLISS, Christian Dior Beauté, Dr. Brandt Skincare, Bare Escentuals, La Prairie Switzerland, Estée Lauder, and NARS Cosmetics.
At 21 years old, Sergio managed Estee Lauder's largest door in the western hemisphere, generating over $7.5 million annually. As a manager for MAC Cosmetics, he trained and developed over 30 artists, earning six MAC Certifications, and served on the MAC Product Testing Panel. With a background in fine art, Sergio dove into the Las Vegas Art Scene as a Painter and Art Instructor, immersing himself into the local landscape. Sergio travels the Southwest not only as an active Artist, but as a Patron and Sponsor of various competitions, pageants and performers at regional and national levels.
"As a Makeup Artist, I don't just apply color, I FEEL it."
Sergio began playing violin at age 10 in his school orchestra. It wasn't long before he knew it would be part of his life, permanently. Growing up on the El Paso/ Ciudad Juárez border, his exposure was not limited to symphonic music, but in folkloric Mexican Mariachi and Country/Bluegrass music as well. At the age of 17, Sergio took first place at the El Paso Young Artist Concerto Competition, and went on to study violin performance at The University of North Texas on scholarship. While training in Violin Performance at UNT, an unexpected turn of events and a special opportunity would redirect Sergio to Hollywood.
A former member of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and Associate Concertmaster of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra, he has performed under the batons of Lowell Graham, former Commander and Conductor of the United States Air Force Band, as well as world-renowned Turkish Conductor Gürer, Aykal. Sergio has been a featured soloist among orchestras, choirs, dramatic stage productions, and chamber groups, internationally. His unique perspective and sound come from experience in Classical, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Rock, Soul, Christian Gospel & Praise, and Folk performances.
As a seasoned professional in live performance, creative and competitive artistry, Sergio has mentored and groomed performers from around the world who perform around the globe and on The World Famous Las Vegas Strip. As a trusted judge, Sergio is dedicated to developing talent and pushing for excellence in both the Wedding & Entertainment Industry. One of his current goals is to set up a scholarship fund for aspiring young artists, so that there are more opportunities for talented students to make their dreams come true!
"My music is a vocabulary with no Greek or Latin roots, let me tell you a story." -Sergio Daae