Daven knew at a very early age that he wanted to be an artist. He spent his childhood exploring ways to be creative which resulted in an interest in drawing, painting, calligraphy, and composing classical music.
A close friend once told Daven, “Passion will make you crazy”. Even though that may be true, Daven admits “Passion is what drives me in my career. I can’t imagine living without it. People need to have passion for something in life. I am fortunate enough to have found mine and made it into a career.”
Daven began as a hairstylist and makeup artist working on the big island of Hawai'I but eventually he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams. Once in LA, Daven was hired as an instructor at the Cao Institute of Aesthetics, a Paul Mitchell Partner School, where he taught hair cutting, coloring, and makeup.
While teaching, Daven continued to pursue freelance work doing fashion and celebrity editorials, album covers, advertising campaigns and television. To date, he has worked with such noteworthy musicians and celebrities as Brian McKnight, Mark Ronson, Henry Rollins, Kelly Hu, Shay Mitchell, Hayley Kiyoko, and Lea Salonga, and styled hair for the North-American tours of Mariah Carey and Adele.
Still based in LA, Daven travels across the country in his free-time teaching makeup workshops because it allows him to interact with new artists from all walks of life.