Monday, September 6, 2010

Emmy winning make up!!

As crazy as my job is, on award days, it's that times 20! However, in the midst of all the madness, it feels so good when you see your client accepting an Emmy on stage! Congratulations to the talented team behind HBO's Temple Grandin for their 5 Emmy wins that night!! This made for TV movie is a definite must see.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Alter Ego Shoot with Derek Blanks...

There are so many talented people in this industry, and I am continuously blessed to work with the best of the best. I was actually called last minute to assist celebrity make up artist, Saisha Beecham, with one of the alter ego shoots for actor Laz Alonso. Derek Blanks is known for his creative shooting style, and Saisha is known for her spectacular artist abilities, so I was super excited to work with them both!!

The shoot took place at Box Eight Studios in Los Angeles, and we had an amazing time on set. The process of getting someone camera ready for a regular photo shoot is long, but imagine turning someone into a stone statue...That's exactly what we did. Saisha is self-taught and very knowledgeable about placement, and color selection so it seemed to be easy enough. 4 messy hours later, with clay, paint, water, and glue all over the place, we had achieved our goal. Laz went from a smooth caramel skinned Hollywood hunk, to a cracked stone cold statue (at least that's what he looked!). The skill behind that kind of a job is well thought out, so I commend Saisha for her dedication. Me being a make up artist who does more beauty work, this was definitely a fun out the box experience for me. Check out shots of the making of Laz into Buddha.
I learned so much that day, and I am grateful for Saisha and the Derek Blanks team allowing me to come give a helping hand!

To see more of Saisha's work visit , she is truly gifted. As far as this alter ego photo along with many others...stay tuned. Derek is doing a book with all of your favorite celebs and their alter egos, it's going to be a MUST BUY coming soon!

Michelle Williams gives back!

I love what I do, and every job is a new experience. I thank God for all of my experiences, especially when it involves charity. If I'm able to do anything to make a difference, I make myself available, and so does a super star like Michelle Williams! She was invited to San Diego for her participation in a non-profit event for an organization called TERI. TERI stands for Training, Education & Research Institute. It's an entire lifestyle dedicated to serving individuals with special needs, development and learning disabilities and their families. With 1 and 110 children now being diagnosed with autism, the need for these services is monumental. Check out a few behind the scenes shots below.
I had the pleasure of spending the day with Michelle as she met the CEO and founder of TERI, Cheryl Kilmer and rode a horse for the first time on one of the properties.
I was actually able to meet a few of the children, and see how TERI's program has helped to shape their lives. It was heart warming to say the least, and I really enjoyed myself.
They are raising money right now to finish building the Therapeutic Equestrian Center to offer more space, rewards, and programs to all the families. If you would like to donate or find out more information, please visit . You can also help TERI schools win $500,000 by just logging into Facebook/Kohls, search for TERI learning academy, and vote 5 times. Share this information with your friends on Facebook, and make a difference.
Here is a video of Michelle, and founder Cheryl speaking about TERI on KUSI News, San Diego. Check out her new hairstyle by the way...I was loving it all day!! Click the link to view.