Style Observer: How has Sam Fine managed to remain at the top of his game in an environment that is so competitive?
Sam Fine: I don't see it as a competitive industry, I compete with myself... from that standpoint if I were to look at the competition that's out there then I'd see lack...I would see, for example, Halle Berry on a Vogue cover that I didn't do; work that I wasn't a part of and that really isn't part of my reality. My reality is what I bring to the game, how special and unique I am.
SO: You have long understood the dynamics of women of colour and as such were able to cross over. Long before it became the norm. Tell us about this.
SF: Having been in this industry for almost 20 years, I go almost anywhere my clients take me; there's no formula...when Queen Latifah did Covergirl, when Brandy did Covergirl, when Beyoncé did L'Oreal...I was lucky enough to be requested for those jobs, and few of us (make-up artists) have had the opportunity to work with such stellar celebs who will bring us along on their journey to even greater success. That's the reason I can do a DVD and make appearances in Jamaica... they have set the stage.