Some 60s Love

Some 60s Love

Some 60s Love

Roxanne

April, 16, 2020

Here we are in the midst of a lock down, being unable to create new work, as staying 6 feet away from people makes it impossible to do makeup. But on the plus side it give me a chance to catch up on sharing all the things I had been working on prior to all this! These shots are from the last photoshoot I was able to do with photographer Wes Ellis and Models Olivia Applegate and Samantha Robinson. 

I love doing stylized and period looks, so when I was sent the reference images of moody meets 60s I was all over it! Creatively it was exactly what I needed to get me pumped up to create.

Hair and Makeup by Me.
Styling Eryn Brooke
Produced by Stephanie Mishelle Ard
Photography Assistant Mike Palo

Broken is Beautiful

Broken is Beautiful

Broken is Beautiful

Roxanne

July 19th, 2018

I’ve always believed as art as a form of therapy, as a way of processing emotions and helping to deal with pain and trauma, to help visualize feelings and events that are too hard to explain to others. As a makeup artist, I always had a hard time findings ways of using my medium as a tool for this though. majority of the time on shoots I’m hired on to add to someones else’s vision and follow their directions. I realized that to correct this, I needed to take creative control and organize my own photoshoots to tell the stories I wanted or needed to tell. 

While in Texas in June, a member of our crew was involved in a terrible accident and suffered massive physical trauma, so much so that over a month later he’s still in the hospital. I was one of four people who raced to the hospital the night of the accident. The experience of being there for 12 hours, not knowing what was going to happen is one of the most surreal of my life. After that day me and my friend Ben went and visited everyday until we had to leave town to complete the film we had all been on. Since then a group text chat has been keeping me updated on his progress, and its been amazing to see how much the doctors have been able to do for him and how much the human body can take and do. 

That first night when we to the hospital, after being there for several hours, the surgeon came in and started the long list of all the injuries he had suffered and everything they were having to do to save his life. I broke down crying as he rattled off the extensive list. It was the moment when we all realized the full extent of what had happened. After the surgeon left to go back to the OR, the four of us sat there trying to wrap our heads around what was happening and trying to sort through our emotions. I continued to cry. At one point I said, “It’s so much damage. What do we do? How do you come back from all that?”

But he has endured, he has begun the healing process. He has fought through countless set backs and potential risks and dangers. And he will continue to do so. It won’t be an easy process or a short one, but it’s one that he has started on. The body can recover from so much trauma. In all this, I’ve been so amazed to see what the human body can endure and come back from. The fact that it can take so much damage and still survive is absolutely incredible. 

A few days after the accident, while on set I can across this concrete bench that had been badly cracked at some point.The cracks had been filled and repaired, but they were still there like scars. Forever a reminder of the damage it had taken. I was instantly intrigued by the pattern and wanted to recreate it in someway.

The more I thought of it, the more the idea of of a cracked body merged with everything that was going on. And so it morphed into this concept. The idea that something could be so damaged but still stand up, be fixed and recover. Not just inanimate objects, but the human body as well. I wanted to do this makeup as a tribute to that. To all that the human body can take, and that people can learn to move on from both the seen and unseen scars. To focus on the healing that was happening and the strength of continuing. 

 

This is the first shoot I have ever done from coming up with the concept, putting together a team to create it, and then executing it. I’m really glad I did this as I’m so happy with how the images came out, but also feels good to turn my experience into art that I hope others relate to and respond to. Thank you so much to Audrey for taking these beautiful photos. And thank you so much to Amanda for becoming my canvas and bringing your grace to this shoot. So grateful to have such amazing and supportive people in my life. 

 

 

Tori Kelly Videos

Tori Kelly Videos

Some new Work I did for singer Tori Kelly. Was delighted to not get to work on just one, but two music videos for her. It was beautiful getting to work on stories that were so personal to the artist and were reflections of direct memories. (I did the hair and makeup in both videos for the actors, Tori Kelly’s makeup and hair was handled by her personal team)

The first, ‘Change Your Mind’, was a hard look at her father and his absence in her life. We had the two men playing her father (one when she was a child, and one for modern day). for the younger dad focused on some subtle aging by emphasizing lines on his face, making him look weathered, and adding a tiny bit of gray to his hair line.

 

The second video, ‘Sorry Would Go A Long Way’, focused in on the relationship of her parents and its collapse. It contrasts the joy and ease of their wedding day to events at the end of their marriage. The video took place with Tori as a child, so we did some makeup and hair looks that would make sense for the 90’s, while giving the extremes of being polished and put together for the wedding vs the less then perfect feel for the separation. When we shot this I appreciated the song, however seeing the video and listening to the words really hit me on another level and I found myself crying as I watched it.

 

 

StarKid’s 10niversary Celebration! -KickStarter

StarKid’s 10niversary Celebration! -KickStarter

StarKid’s 10niversary Celebration! -KickStarter

April 8th, 2019

So, I swear I do more then just kickstarter campaigns! But those are things that have quick turn arounds, and everyone is always strongly encouraged to share! So they are the easiest things to put on here and talk about. Usually the idea is to not only promote the work I did, but also to get you to support the project! Well, this campaign hit their goal before I got around to posting about it!

So happy and proud for the entire StarKid Team! I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with several of these people multiple times, and I’m so grateful to have gotten to do so again. While they have already made their goal of $155,000, (at the time of this post they were at $190,000) you can still go and donate to get in on all the amazing rewards and gifts, and support your favorite musical theater group!  

 

A Tale Told By an Idiot – Kickstarter

A Tale Told By an Idiot – Kickstarter

A Tale Told By an Idiot Kickstarter

April 1st, 2019

Somehow in my life, I feel backwards into the world of digital series. And I am so grateful that it happened! I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked on several webseries and digital shorts. One of the great joys of it is the friends I have made, and that I now get to make cool and creative content with them.
One of those friends is Ashley Clements, who I met when working on the webseries ‘The Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye’ being made by the Tin Can Brothers. When she told me Brendan Bradley, William J. Stribling, and her were working on an adaptation of Macbeth I was so excited to work with them all! We’ve done the initial phase of filming, but they need some help raising funds to complete the project now. And of course, that where you lovely people come into play.

I really hope you can donate, and help complete this story. It’s been such a joy helping to bring these characters to life in a tech based setting, and I’m looking forward to getting back to work with all these amazing creative people! As of Now, they are nearly 60% to their goal of $25,00. Which is amazing, but they need help to meet the full amount. So be sure to check it out, support if you, gets some cool stuff, and spread the word! 
Click here to Donate and make the Bard Proud!

 

Funemployment Released!

Funemployment Released!

Funemployment – Released! 

March 5th, 2019 

If you have know me for awhile, then I’m sure at somepoint or another you have heard me mention the film Funemployment. I’ve even mentioned it on this blog a time or two. This is because being of that project was such a pivotal thing in my life. It was what started me on the path of full-time becoming a makeup artist in the film industry, and introduced me to friends and collaborators that I worked with for years to come, and to this very day. So, 5 years ago we did principle photography, then we did the kickstarter, then a while later we did some pickup scenes, and then in between then I know the director Christine Chen did countless sessions of ADR, edits, and reedits….but here it finally is! Available for your viewing pleasure.

You can find it on vimeo: http://vimeo.com/ondemand/funemployment
And also on Amazon.

Along with watching the full film finally, the gang has working on a podcast to accompany the film. You can hear from various members of the cast and crew discussing the crazy roller coaster that was the creating of the film! You can find it on all podcast players, and also you can find it in video form on their youtube here

Additionally, as I mentioned in a previous post, I’m actually one of the guest! and am in two episodes. Specifically if you want to hear me reminisce and talk about the shenanigans, and lack of experience I had, watch the two videos below!

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