Are you self taught or did you attend school?
I attended Makeup Designory in Burbank, CA. I learned everything from beauty makeup to hairstyling and finally special makeup fx.
When did you become a fan of horror?
I think I’ve always been a fan of horror ever since my dad showed me movies like Night of the Living Dead and The Wolfman at age 6 or so. There always seemed to be scary movies on tv as well. And of course my family recorded them on our VCR. They scared the crap out of me, but now watching horror reminds me of my childhood lol.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I get a lot of inspiration and motivation from friends and family and colleagues. I work with so many talented artists who’ve been doing this for 20 or more years. I have several mentors and I am so thankful to know so many talented and well respected artists.
You have worked on some big horror productions (The Conjuring 2, Insidious 3, American Horror Story and Stranger things) What’s it like working on the sets of these productions and do you have any memorable stories from working on them?
What has been your favourite project to work on?
By far my favorite project has been working on Stranger Things. I helped fabricate Will Byers fake body. I learned so many new painting techniques and really feel that this one project alone has made me a better artist. And then when all was said and done, it turned out the show was super AMAZING! I’m so proud I got to work on it. Even if I hadn’t worked on it, it’d be one of the best shows I’ve seen!
What types of makeup effects have you found the most challenging and is there a particular favorite effect(s) you like working with?
What has been your proudest moment/work?
Proudest moment is definitely being a part of Stranger Things. I can’t say enough about how amazing that show is! Other than that I’d say it’s that I actually followed my dreams of moving to Hollywood and becoming a makeup artist. I’m a big believer in making your dreams become a reality. You have only one life to live, and it’s never too late to begin a new journey.
What advice would you give to an aspiring artist wishing to get into the business?
Things can become bleak quickly in this industry. Some months are better than others for jobs and you can get down on yourself very easily. It’s important to have a strong support group. For me it’s my family and boyfriend. There is no way in hell they’d let me give up and they are always there to listen to me and give me advice when I need it.
What are your upcoming projects?
I did a little work on West World when I worked for Christien Tinsley’s FX studio. That just came out and I’m excited to watch it! Other than that I’m not yet allowed to say! Things are very hush hush around here.
What’s your favourite scary movie?