WOODEN DOLL FX MAKEUP TESTIMONIAL
Looking back to high school I would have never expected I would be a makeup artist one day. I always had a passion for doing my makeup, but never really thought I could do it on someone else. When I went to college I thought wanted to study sports medicine. I was driven by sports, and everything I did besides work was involving water polo, MY sport. The next few years I found myself losing interest in athletics as well as science. I changed my major a few times in college but in the end I found Art history. I then took a bunch of art classes and found out that I loved drawing and painting but couldn’t stand to be chained to a desk long enough to take my art history classes. After much time and debate, I finally decided that college wasn’t the right path for me.
My back-up plan was to become a Makeup Artist, so I researched different schools and found a few I wanted to visit. I wanted to see what was right for me. The first and only school I visited was the April Love Pro Makeup Academy. I liked everything about the school; the owner/ instructor, the course curriculum, and everything they had to offer. I immediately felt comfortable and I made the decision to enroll that day. I started classes in September of 2012 and I could tell right away that I had made the right decision about what I wanted to do with my life. Throughout the course I could tell that I was becoming more confident about my work, that I was really enjoying what I was doing. When I graduated on July 23rd 2012 I took 3rd place in the graduation final, and I was so proud of the work I did.
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Shortly after I graduated I was on set for a music video for a local band in Fullerton CA. I continued to stay in contact with the producer and was offered countless jobs for commercials and advertisements for companies like SKB Cases, Tillamook Cheese, and Voss Water. Film wasn’t the only thing I was doing. I was working on photo shoots with local photographers in LA, I did makeup for countless weddings, and also got the opportunity to work LA Fashion week. I have gotten the opportunity to do things I never dreamed I would be able to do, but because of the April Love Pro Makeup Academy some of my dreams have become a reality.
I decided to go back to the Academy in January to take the hair class because I always heard April say, if you can do both hair and makeup you will get more jobs because companies want to hire one person to do both. So I learned many tricks for countless hairstyles just incase I was ever asked to do hair on a set. When I graduated in February of 2013 I was comfortable with creating looks and was driven to get more jobs.
I then went on to do a few more weddings, worked LA Fashion week for a second time, and had the opportunity to work for Stun Creative. With everything I was doing I found that I was fascinated by working in film. I truly enjoyed the long hours of being on set and realized I didn’t just want to do commercials. I wanted to be a part of something greater, and to have my work seen by millions of people. I wanted to be a part of the movie industry. I knew that I didn’t have all the knowledge I needed to work in that field. Time for more education.
Once again I went back to the Academy to start their new Special Effects program taught by Face-Off’s season 4 contestant Eric Fox. I started November 3rd learning how to do wounds and prosthetics. We were given opportunities to go into his studio in Riverside to see what it’s like to work in that type of environment. I am amazed at the amount of information that we have learned in 13 weeks. I was comparing my work from when I started in November and where I am at today, and I can see a huge difference.
Something super exciting happened to me recently. I have a friend that shared the work I did on Reddit.com on Feb. 18th and within a few hours it was the number one post, with over a thousand likes and comments. People wanted to know who I was and how I had done the work, how they could get into this field, and telling me what an amazing job I did. My family convinced me to post an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit.com where I shared that I was the artist behind the look. A few minutes after I posted, I had so many questions flowing in. People were asking questions like how I got started, where I went to school, where I was located, and if they could see my other work.
I had photographers say they wanted to shoot my work in the future, and a few producers asked if I would be interested in working on their movies. It was a crazy thing that happened!
I can honestly say that I never expected to have my work go viral online. The next morning it was on The Chive as one of their top “15 photos of Awesomeness”. I also had a company called HotSpot Media based in England contact me. They wanted to write a story on me and share my work, so we started the process. I answered all their questions, submitted my pictures, and now I wait to see the article and find out what newspapers pick it up as a story. I have had people share with me that the same picture of my work went viral on Facebook, pages like Horrific Finds, Ink Army, and Tattooed Women posted my work and thousands of people are “liking” the posts and are taking the time to comment on them.
I was curious to see where else my work landed online so I went on Google and did a search. I then found out that The Huffington Post wrote a short article acknowledging me as the makeup artist and linking their page to my Instagram. As I continued to search the web I found that two other sites, My Modern Met, and Laughing Squid also took the time to write short pieces about my work. I still haven’t found all the websites or apps that my work is on, but it’s amazing to see the power of social media. How someone like myself who hasn’t even graduated from her special effects program has so many people admiring her work.
It really gives me confidence, and great hopes for my future. It shows me that this is just the beginning of my career. My graduation day is March 2nd. I am extremely thankful for everything that has happened within the past week. Without a doubt I know for a fact that I made the right decision about my career in the makeup industry and can’t wait to see what’s to come in the future.
– Stephanie Marie