I'm often asked how I began my career as a professional makeup artist. The short answer is that it all
started with my background in art and acting.
I relocated to New York City from a small suburb of Chicago with two boxes and a dream to become an actress. I studied, auditioned, did some stage work, commercials and performed with several improv groups.
As a former student of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and still needing to keep a paintbrush in my hand, I enrolled in The School of Visual Arts in NYC to study painting. Not long after, I was included in a group show "360 E-Venti" at Pino Molica Gallery in Soho, NY and Rome, Italy.
From there, my artistic ambition led to work behind the camera in the Art Department for an independent feature film. At some point during the shoot, I found myself fascinated with the Makeup Department. It brought back memories of watching my glamorous mother put on her makeup. Little did I know that I would be receiving early inspiration to become a professional makeup artist one day.
I returned to The School of Visual Arts but this time, I enrolled in a Special Effects makeup class taught by the late Kelly Gleason, master of Special Effects Makeup. Just before semester's end, very early one morning, I received a career changing call from Kelly: "What are you doing?" she asked. I replied, "I'm sleeping." In a dry voice she said, "Do you want to be a makeup artist today?" After racing across town, my career as a professional makeup artist began that very day. I thought I was still dreaming. My career happened very quickly.
The very next month, someone gave my name to a production company and I was given the opportunity to do makeup for a period short film. They liked my work and offered me a key position as makeup artist for a full length feature film. Since then, my word of mouth career has kept me working nonstop for the past 18 years in NYC and the tri-state area.
My makeup artist career has taken me to Paris, Los Angeles and Chicago. I've worked on Emmy winning TV shows, films, commercials, corporate video, webcast & print. Clients have included celebrities, Heads of State as well as Fortune 500 companies. Together, my expertise and intuition guide me in helping people to look and feel confident, relaxed and looking great in front of the camera. My skills and experience translate to all mediums.
I'm currently living in NYC and available for travel.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for rates and availability.