From makeup artist to #utilitybae with Renee Baptiste on Carry On Friends the Caribbean American Podcast

From Makeup Artist to #Utilitybae with Renee Baptiste

Photo credit for cover photo of Renee: Newsday/David L. Pokress


When I met Renee 4 years ago, she was a make up artist. She was on set of photoshoots and she was a beauty contributor for a digital magazine. I also interviewed Renee as part of a 2015 Caribbean Heritage Month Series.

This episode is the Career Change Story of how Renee Baptiste went from being a professional Make-up Artist to working in the utility industry and creating the platform #UtilityBae for women working in construction, utilities and energy.


Renee Baptiste from Makeup Artist to UtilityBae

Episode highlights

  • Renee was a make-up artist for 9 years. She wanted to make a transition because her career not going in the direction she wanted.
  • She made an assessment and realized that her career wasn’t going to get her to her long-term dreams and goals.
  • URGENT program stands for Utility Readiness For Gaining Employment for Non Traditionals. It is a workforce development program for women to gain skills in the utility industry.



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Renee was also featured in Newsday’s article: Retraining programs aid LI workers in jobs at risk of automation


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Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown is Founder & host of Carry On Friends one of the first podcasts dedicated to the Caribbean American Experience. She is leading the way for Caribbean Podcast as the founder of Breadfruit Media, the first Caribbean podcast production company; and founder of the Caribbean Podcast Directory a place to discover podcasts by people of Caribbean Heritage.