I love all aspects of my job as a makeup artist, from freelancing on powerful PSAs to assisting actors and corporate professionals look their best for professional headshots. Today, however, I want to talk about my passion within the industry. This story starts with a 10 year old girl sitting in front of a colossal television with built in VCR player.
I spent a large amount of my childhood with my eyes glued to my television, something my mother still claims is the reason for my terrible vision. I soaked up what I watched like a sponge. My favorite television show was Tales from the Crypt. I didn’t quite grasp the concepts within each tale but the Crypt Keeper kept me watching. He looked incredibly real to me at the time. As I grew up I found other classics such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Hellraiser, and my personal favorite, Night Breed. I had already caught on to the overused tropes but if there wasn’t any blood I didn’t want to watch it.
As my obsession with the morbid and macabre grew I found myself more and more curious about creating these practical effects, I watched documentaries on the classics featuring artists working on actors, these actors giving thumbs ups as the artist works on the large gash across their throat. I started practicing on my own and when the special effects portion of my schooling came up at Make-Up Designory in New York City I was over the moon with excitement. I finally had the means to create my exaggerated and often comical characters.
Since graduating I’ve created aliens for Star Wars Promos and monsters that live in the attic, finding my talent growing with every job and hoping to make the same impression on another 10 year old girl that the greats made on me.
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