Its a bad cold, yes. But I worked nights the week before, did a demo both days of The Makeup Show(lots of shaking hands and talking over the "oonz oonz" rave music"), attended a very fun birthday party that night for my dear friend Monte "Peepaw" Haught and had drinks like I was 21. The next night I went with a bunch of pals to Sound City Players at Jimmy Kimmel-thanks to Stephanie Fowler who is Jimmy Kimmel's personal makeup artist. We danced and hooted and generally made fools of ourselves. I woke up the next morning sick and I was scheduled to do a 3 day commercial outside in the cold and rain with the also sick Chris Nelson. We were doing cowboy makeup with dirt, scars, teeth, etc. A fun job, for sure! But then there was Cary Ayer's birthday party, my mother and sister-in-law's birthday tea party Sunday, which left me....on the couch. I ended up at Urgent Care with laryngitis, a throat infection and a bad cough. I'm just getting my voice back(completely gone for 3 days). Damn you Pisces peeps! Too much fun in March! I hard REALLY overdone and was paying the price.
To satisfy my need to do more than just sit there, I checked out the Stan Winston School of Character Arts (www.stanwinstonschool.com). My friend Jamie Kelman told me about how cool the videos are and that they can be streamed as well as purchased. I've watched
"Zombie Makeup-Appliances, Airbrushing, Lenses, & Teeth" with Bill Corso,
'Blood Makeup Effects- The Throat Slash" with Gary J. Tunnicliffe, "Fake Beard Application" with Lance Anderson, and "Directing Creatures" with Alec Gillis. I've really enjoyed them and I've learned a lot of new techniques. I found Alec's video to be affirmative, as I did a bit of "directing" on "American Horror Story"-helping the directors find the ways to shoot the effects, the puppets, and the makeups. Check them out-there are new ones every week. It is $19.99 a month for unlimited videos, or $19.99 to stream a particular video for unlimited viewing. The dvds can be purchased for $39.99 each if you need them in your sweaty little palms(I refrained-but wanted to. I couldn't wait to watch them, so I streamed them.). I've got two more to watch on painting silicone heads and a beauty and age makeup one. I'm going to get some more-Its a great way to brush up on skills and further your learning.
On a sillier note, I've watched "Breaking Dawn; Part 1 and 2"(hilariously entertaining because of the cheese factor), "Wreck-It Ralph"(so clever), "Ted"(surprisingly good), and a good part of the Harry Potters on HBO(again because they are my life's blood ;). Hoping to watch "Hitchcock" and few others that I missed in the theater-then a walk outside to see the beautiful weather we are having. Take it easy on yourselves out there, folks! And back to the grindstone soon enough.