It was just Christmas! And I am in the world of dayplaying right now, which means you take everything you are called for. Dayplaying to me means a little time off in-between jobs, and it is really nice! Sometimes I'm working 6 days a week though-never one for resting.
Last week I worked for Bruce Grayson on the The Oscars(a new,hip,way of reaching the younger generation-I believe it was formerly The 85th Academy Awards;). I had a great time, bff Kimberly Engelman worked on costumes, met new people and worked on the Les Miz performance-all of the actors were from the West End run, the Broadway run. the tour, or the film. They were flown in extra-special to perform by the producer on his own dime. How cool! They were beyond excited. They went crazy whenever Les Miz won an award-including best makeup and hairstyling this year-congrats to Lisa Westcott(in fancy hot pink shiny pants-kudos, you rebel!) and Julie Dartnell. What an undertaking-massive cast, no prep, shot in 8 weeks, out-of-kit makeups and sometimes 8 cameras running at once to capture the singing. Well, done!
I've also been back at my old stomping grounds of Glee. The department head, Kelley Mitchell (formerly my key makeup from the all the way back on the pilot) has been the head over there for the past two seasons and doing a bang-up job. She takes pity on me when I'm not on a fulltime gig and brings me back-I'm like a bad penny! Its fun to see everyone-a lot of the crew and I go back to Nip/Tuck days and its like old home week. I got to work with my pal-o-mines James Mackinnon and Tania McComas too(my "vintage" friends) and do some fun blacklight makeups using Wolfe Brothers Aqua colors. Kelley did extensive research on blacklight makeup and we had one in the trailer to test our finished looks-unfornately skin without makeup on it looks like our old friend The Cryptkeeper. Yikes. I tried not to judge myself too harshly. It stayed on very well with the combo of 50% water and 50% Final Seal. Mike Mkeash did a great skull makeup for me on "Whip It!" a few years back and using this mix it stayed on all day even through sweating. I think Steve Anderson taught me this trick.
I will be doing two demos this weekend at The Makeup Show. The Premiere Products Peeps are doing the debut at this show and I will be joining Kenny Myers, Lois Burwell, Chris Nelson, Mike Mekash and many other wonderful artists.