MVA Leadership

Meet the visionary minds steering the ship at Michael Vincent Academy, where creativity meets excellence. Our leadership team is a dynamic blend of industry veterans, each contributing their unique expertise to shape the future of our academy.

CEO, Celebrity Makeup Artist & Hairstylist

Tal B Vincent is an American recording artist, tv show host (MTV & E), producer, celebrity makeup artist and hairstylist. She formerly was a part of pop sensation 1-5. She has toured with various celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and more. Tal B was originally born in Tel Aviv, Israel and moved to the United States in the early 2000’s.

At a young age Tal B was exposed to life on tour, she was constantly surrounded by artists, celebrities, performers and everything the Hollywood lifestyle had to offer. At an early age Tal B took an interest in styling and makeup, and used her skills to work on set with various artists. Tal B wanted to expand her passions even further by opening up a Beauty Academy with her husband Michael Vincent. Together Michael and Tal B Vincent created the Michael Vincent Beauty Academy, offering a unique and limitless education for their students.

CEO, President

Michael Vincent is an American photographer, filmmaker, and director. He has had over 10,000 Magazine covers featured throughout various magazines such as Maxim, Esquire, GQ, and more. Michael Vincent started his career as a three time world champion professional BMX racer sponsored by Vans, and later moved to Hollywood to create a name for himself as a professional celebrity photographer through Michael Vincent Photography.

For 15+ years Michael Vincent and Tal B Vincent have been in the world of photography, production, PR and marketing. With Mr. Vincent’s extensive knowledge of the photography and film industry, and Tal B Vincent’s qualifications as a performer, as well as her impressive list of connections; the two were able to produce various music videos, TV shows, movies, and fashion shows. Their blossoming success enabled them to become known as one of the industries top production facilities. Their drive, dedication, and desire to educate and inspire others to succeed in the world of beauty compelled them to establish Michael Vincent Academy MVA is known for its extensive beauty education programs, and was noted for having one of the best affiliate programs in the country.

MVA Board

Thomas Gusway is the Chairman of the Board of Directors that oversee all aspects of the MVA Group. Tom has extensive experience in the school industry having owned and operated a very successful makeup/fashion school and also a computer coding school. His knowledge also includes the current management of talent in the film and television industry, and years of management of talent in overseas markets as well as the home market. He is also very experienced in the field of fashion photography and published two magazines. His focus now is to utilize his over forty years of knowledge to create the best environment for students wanting to be a part of the exciting world of makeup artistry. Tom loves to spend his free time reading books and continuing his photography in fashion. He is an avid motorcyclist, enjoys fast cars and aviation, and still flies whenever possible as a private pilot.

MVA Team Members

At Michael Vincent Academy, we take pride in our team of dedicated professionals who bring a wealth of experience, passion, and innovation to the world of beauty education. Get to know the individuals who make up the heartbeat of our academy:

Academy Director

Claudia “Nina” Garcia is a dynamic leader in the beauty industry with a career extending over a decade. Known for her accomplishments in driving sales, marketing strategies, and team leadership, Nina’s strategic initiatives and commitment to excellence have consistently aligned with the goals of her employers.

Some of her experiences included working at ULTA Beauty, leading to a standout performance in the second quarter of 2021.

Nina’s time at iBeauty Brands as a Regional Manager saw her fine-tuning performance across a network of stores, enhancing bilingual sales training, and overseeing daily operations. Her role as a Director for POISE makeup professional was equally influential, where she contributed to makeup campaigns, expanded the business by opening international accounts, and shared her expertise through a master class in Mexico while training and developing the global team.

Throughout her career, one of her impactful contributions was at MAC Cosmetics. Nina had consistently exceeded sales goals, leading to fast growth within the company. At MAC Cosmetics, she was involved in event coordination, hiring, and team training, often assisting managers with their deadlines.

One of Nina’s significant accomplishments was In 2017, Nina Garcia made a notable contribution to the beauty education field by launching a unique makeup class taught exclusively in Spanish. She was instrumental in creating the curriculum, tailoring it to meet the specific needs of Spanish-speaking students. This initiative showcased not only her expertise in makeup artistry but also her commitment to making beauty education accessible to diverse communities. Additionally, Nina maintained a strong freelance makeup artistry career, serving a private clientele with her impressive makeup skills.

MVA Operations Manager

Tori Hawks-Ladds is a graduate of Emerson College’s Visual Media Arts program, where they honed a love of film, television, and makeup artistry for film and TV. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2017, Tori has worked on numerous productions and developed a passion for working with talented, creative people across multiple industries. Tori is excited to bring their background in media as well as their love of makeup artistry to team MVA.

MVA House Photographer

Jimmy Romano is a professional beauty fashion photographer for Michael Vincent Academy. In college he thrived as an animator and illustrator which then transferred over time, becoming a Master Digital Retoucher. He now holds lectures and online courses for his students at MVA. Jimmy has also worked on dozens of music video as Light Director and Behind the Scenes Photographer.

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MVA Instructors

Welcome to the heart of education at Michael Vincent Academy, where our dedicated instructors inspire and empower the next generation of beauty professionals. Get to know the talented individuals who guide our students on their journey to excellence:

MVA Pro Instructor

Ana Miro is a Puerto Rican makeup artist, visual artist, dancer, educator and entrepreneur, living in LA for the last 8 years. Performing from a young age made her get into the world of makeup early on. In college she became the Key Makeup artist in the whole Theater Department which got her doing makeup on over 30 plays, student and professional productions, and professional photoshoots. Ana went back to school for Beauty and Special Effects makeup and has been creating a career in makeup for film, photography and tv for the past 5 years.

Trainer & Entrepreneur, MVA Beauty & Business Artistry Online Instructor

Allison Bowen began her makeup career working/freelancing for brands such as Prescriptives (Custom Blend Color Theory Trainer) Clinique, Bobby Brown, Stila, YSL, Becca and Beautyblender. After 20+ years of shadowing celebrity makeup artist, working on set, on location and for artistry brands as an educator, Allison introduces and shares her beauty industry expertise in this new series of mentorship sessions.

A make-up expert at heart, business entrepreneur in real life.

SFX Instructor

Jeff Swan, a Los Angeles-based makeup artist has excelled at the artistry of doing makeup for motion pictures, television, commercials, and print for over 23 years. His credits include film and tv productions like: Hellraiser III, George Luca’s Radioland Murders, The Tyra Banks Show, William Shatner’s Captain Kirk from Star Trek, NFL Films, the Backstreet Boys and many more.

Jeff studied at The Joe Blasco School of Makeup, personally trained by the legendary makeup artist Maurice Stein founder of Cinema Secrets. A master of special effects Jeff has done professional character makeup, monster makeup for major companies like Universal Studios, worked with retail giants like Bobbi Brown cosmetics, and has worked with the United State Military and Fire Departments creating “injury-simulated” makeup for their mock- catastrophe drills.

Now working as an independent makeup artist, he thrives on the thrill of contributing his makeup artistry talents to High Definition films and television projects.

Celebrity Hairstylist & MVA Hair Artistry Online Instructor

Pinky has been a celebrity stylist for 20 years Experienced in many aspects of the beauty industry. Pinky has had success with Education seminars, Platform Artist and on set performance. She has been a set stylist and extension specialist for over 11 years.

Pinky has been stylist to the stars from everything to Movies, Fashion, Live TV and Music Videos. She prides herself in her students, helping them grow as professionals in the industry. Always giving back trying to change people’s lives one hair strand at a time.

Airbrush Educator & MVA Airbrush Artistry Online Instructor

Tanya Deemer is a Global Celebrity Makeup Artist & Hairstylist who’s career spans over two decades. Her work is seen on the Runways of New York Fashion Week, Hollywood’s Big Screen & Red Carpet, International Advertising Campaigns for major global corporations, Magazine Editorials and much more. She has also served as a Beauty Industry Expert on ExtraTV & The Doctors in Hollywood to educate the viewers on industry tips & tricks. Getting her start in the Wedding industry in the late 90’s, Deemer has also devoted her time to hundreds of Brides through the years on their big day.

Microblading Instructor

Tara Nasserzare is a former makeup artist who developed a passion for Microblading while in Dubai and decided to shift the course of her career and become a certified microblading artist. Tara moved to Los Angeles to pursue her microblading education and career and studied at top schools like PHI, earning multiple certifications. Tara quickly opened her own practice, Glambrows working with private clients. Tara did not just stop though at her own brand, a disciplined, talented, and successful microblading artist Tara now is a microblading instructor as well as an entrepreneur continuing to run Glambrows while teaching.

Makeup & MVA Online Instructor

Originally from Puerto Rico, Valeria has been involved in the performing, visual, and makeup arts since a very young age. She first started studying theatrical and character makeup in 1998. her passion for makeup continued to grow, and so did her training in beauty, fashion, and editorial makeup. Soon enough, she became an assistant makeup artist for top celebrity makeup artists in Puerto Rico and worked with the top local photographers and magazines.

From 16 yrs old until 2016, her main career was as a professional dancer signed by top agency Bloc Talent in Los Angeles. She has worked with a list of artists, such as Shakira, Sarah Bareilles, and Will I Am, to name a few. Valeria also had the honor to perform on prestigious stages, such as the Hollywood Bowl and multiple hit series on Netflix and HBO. As an actor, Valeria has appeared on multiple TV series like “Jane the Virgin” and countless commercial ad campaigns. In 2003, she graduated from cosmetology school in the state of Florida. By then, she had expanded her craft doing bridal makeup and landed contracts with top companies such as Covergirl, Framesi, and Wella, to name a few.

In 2006, she arrived in Los Angeles, where she added to her professional experience as a makeup artist and hair stylist by landing contracts in the film & tv industry with well-renowned studios and production companies to which she currently works till this day as a key artist.

Barbering Instructor

Martin Gonzalez’s barbering journey began at an early age in 1989 when he discovered his passion for barbering by working on friends and family. In 1993 with help from his sister, Martin registered his business Gettin’ Faded channeling the iconic fade hairstyle in his brand name. Martin never stopped learning and improving his craft, consistently educating himself on the latest techniques and building his license while he worked tirelessly, never giving up on his dream, at shops in the industry. In 2014 Martin opened his own barbershop, built from the ground up in Inglewood CA, GETTIN’ FADED BARBERSHOP. Martin continues to be a successful entrepreneur and inspiring educator to new talent in the barbering world.

Hair Instructor

Jenna Edmunds is a Licensed Cosmetologist for 20+ years. She has spent the last 15+ in education. Her professional and set experience has seen her work in TV, national photography campaigns, and New York Fashion Week. Her work has been featured by Modern Salon and more. She is passionate about making education fun and helping her students achieve their goals.

Makeup Instructor

Yasmine Haezaert has been doing makeup for 10 years and her passion is education. Yasmine is well rounded in the industry with experience as a freelance artist, brand trainer and international educator. She loves full glam, avant garde looks, social media trends and modern creative artistry. Yasmine has taught for NYX Cosmetics, Morphe, national trade shows, as well as Cosmetology and Makeup Schools throughout Los Angeles, Texas, New York, Chicago and Asia.

Makeup & Special Effects Instructor

My name is Estephania Posada but I prefer to go by Annie. I have been a makeup artist for 10+ years and have been teaching Special Fx makeup for 8+ years. In 2015 I became a makeup artist for Knott’s Scary Farm. Working for a Halloween event has allowed me to learn to work under pressure with limited time where I also have the opportunity to expand my artistry. I have been creating monsters for Knott’s Scary Farm for 9+ years now. I also have beauty experience which I was able to freelance for an Artist agency in which I was able to do makeup for the AMAs 2019 on Ciaras Dancers, YSL Men fashion show in Santa Monica 2019, and my most recent was doing airbrush makeup for the Flash Movie Premier 2023. I had the opportunity to work for Sephora as a color consultant then moving on to becoming a Facilitator in which I had the chance to educate and teach clients in store. My makeup path has allowed me to educate and teach aspiring new artists and help them achieve their goals in the makeup field.

Makeup & Special Effects Instructor

Anaid Gutierrez is a Professional Certified Makeup Artist with 10+ years of experience in makeup, character design and body paint across different areas of the entertainment industry. She possesses a B.A. in Set Design, Makeup and Costume Design and certificate in Makeup Artistry.

Online Makeup Educator / Makeup Sub

As a passionate makeup artist and educator, I am dedicated to sharing my knowledge, skills, and expertise with aspiring makeup artists. With 20 years of experience in the industry, I have had the privilege of working with a diverse range of clients, participating in fashion shows, photo shoots, and special events. However, my true calling lies in teaching and mentoring aspiring artists, helping them develop their skills and unleash their creative potential. I strive to create a supportive and engaging learning environment where students can explore their creativity, gain proficiency in various makeup styles, and develop a strong foundation in makeup artistry.

MVA Online Hair Educator / Makeup Educator

Transforming beauty, one face at a time. 🎨💄As a makeup artist for almost a decade, I’ve had the privilege of making my clients feel confident and radiant. From subtle enhancements to bold statements, I strive to uplift spirits and bring out the best in every individual. Let’s unleash your beauty together! A Reply 💖

Advance Makeup Educator / AirBrush Makeup Educator / Online Airbrush Educator

Barbara Danielle is a captivating Glam and SFX Makeup Artist known for her transformative artistry. With a rich background in teaching and career coordination, Barbara spent over two years at Academia Arte Pierrot in Chile, where she orchestrated the academy’s evolution into a nationally acclaimed institution. Relocating to Los Angeles, California, Barbara founded Barbara Danielle Studio in 2019 after clinching victory in a national makeup competition. Since then, her studio has flourished, welcoming over 700 students both in-person and online. Barbara’s influence extends beyond the studio, having served as a Brand Ambassador and Judge for prestigious competitions such as NYX Professional Makeup “Doll Search” Chile. Her talent has garnered numerous awards, including 1st Place at NYX PMU Chile 2019 and 6th Place in the Professional Category at the World Bodypainting Competition Austria 2022. Committed to giving back, Barbara volunteers her expertise in network management, strategic sales, and graphic design, notably at Nocturnal Designz SFX Studio in Los Angeles, where she showcased her work as an exhibitor at Monsterpalooza 2022-2023.

Barber Educator / Hair Online Educator / MVA Hair Sub Educator

A seasoned instructor and entrepreneur in the Cosmetology Industry, embarked on her career journey in 2005. Over the years, she honed her skills and expertise, culminating in obtaining instructor credentials from UCLA and subsequently earning the Director Certification within seven years. Jovonna’s dedication to teaching has profoundly influenced numerous cosmetologists and makeup artists, guiding them towards successful careers in the industry.

In addition to her instructional role, Jovonna’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to establish Real Silk Hair Care Systems in 2010, showcasing her passion for chemistry and product development. Her hands-on involvement in creating an exclusive hair care line, from formulation to branding, exemplifies her commitment to excellence. This venture expanded to include the creation of the Real Silk Beauty Academy, a testament to Jovonna’s multifaceted talents and vision.

Alongside her, Olivia Mitchell, her daughter, embodies a similar passion for beauty and makeup artistry. From a young age, Olivia immersed herself in the industry, acquiring skills and experience through various educational avenues and hands-on projects. Together, Jovonna and Olivia co-own and operate the Real Silk Beauty Academy, where they aim to empower aspiring beauty professionals and foster a community of creativity and innovation.

The Real Silk team’s illustrious portfolio includes collaborations with celebrities, television productions, music videos, and a diverse array of events, showcasing their expertise and versatility. Beyond their professional endeavors, Jovonna and her team actively engage in philanthropic initiatives, such as providing beauty services for marginalized communities and supporting causes like autism awareness.

Driven by a shared commitment to empowering individuals and making a positive impact, Jovonna leads the C.H.E.E.R. Organization, dedicated to promoting self-empowerment and self-esteem among young adolescent female youth through cosmetology education and training in underserved communities.

Jovonna Morrison’s remarkable journey epitomizes resilience, creativity, and a profound dedication to uplifting others within the beauty industry and beyond.




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