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:
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!




January 15th, 2019

What is the beginning of a new year without looking back at the years before and what all we have accomplished? And well, luckily friend and director Christine Chen made that super easy for me this year! So flashback to five years ago, when I had was a drift in life, loved makeup, loved movies, wanted to combine the two, but had no clue how to. And into my life came Christine, who was working on her first feature film. And so began the insanity of that project, and many more to come!

Came back to the present, and Christine is getting ready to release that first film, planning on making another! So how does all this happen? Well, here’s the parts you need to know:

-Podcast! Because of what a crazy ride making that first film was, it was decided that it needed to be documented. and what better way then in this day and age, then to do a podcast. You can find the Funemployment podcast on most streaming services. Also if you want to specifically hear from me I’ve included the video of me gabbing:

-Preselling Funemployment! Yup, as mentioned the film is finally coming out, and you can go ahead are buy it in advance at this link:


-Buy the collection of short films! Can’t wait for Funemployment? That’s okay, you can watch a collection of award 5 winning short films that the Moth to Flame Team has worked on! Plus along with getting some instant entertainment, you also get to contribute to funding our next feature. Win win!


its amazing looking back at all these projects, seeing how far we’ve come from making these, and also the pride in sharing them. It has been an interesting 5 years, and I’m so happy with where life has taken me. here’s to the next 5, and making more amazing projects, with great people!

30 Day Hair Challenge

30 Day Hair Challenge

30 Day Hair Challenge


December 8th, 2017

Primarily I use this blog section of my site to talk about projects I’ve done and such. But today’s is slightly different!
If you follow me on instagram (@Roxanne_McDanel), then for all of November you got to see take part in the 30 Days of PinUp Hairstyles challenge that Pinup Model Angelique Noire (@theblackpinup) was running. For everyday of November there was a different prompt to follow to complete a pinup hairstyle. The prompts ranged specific accessories, style icons, to particular hair techniques.
In my day to day life, I love pinup and retro style. While I may not do it every single day, I try and do it as much as I can, or at least do elements of it (you will rarely see me without winged eyeliner!) Initially was didn’t intend to do all 30 days, since I knew I was traveling and also working in that time frame. However, I surprised myself and did ever days challenge. Some days it didn’t get done till 10PM, but hey it still counted.
As cheesy as this is to say, I really did learn so much doing this. Several of the styles I did, I had never done before and had been very nervous to pull off. During the course of the 30 days I had to do a lot more research and found solutions to have of the issues I had previously encountered. I’m now really excited that I can execute so many new styles and some of the styles I had done in the past I can do better and make look more flawless.

I did also discover a couple of specific items that made such a difference with achieving some of the vintage looks.
Firstly a Denman Brush. Wow, this made such a big difference with getting beautiful brush outs! I had always felt that the basic brush I had would be fine, but really my curls just would disappear and I would be left with just a subtle wave. The brush really does matter, and now can’t live without it.

Small bobby pins. I did not even know bobby pins came in different sizes until an actor is was working with handed me this lil baby sized bobby pin. I was obsessed with the idea just because, honestly I love mini versions of things. (When you go to the makeup store and they have the small sizes of products as you stand in line to check out, yeah my shopping bag instantly doubles in size!) When I was getting my Denman brush, low and behold I also found my mini bobby pins. When I got them home, it dawned on me to try and use them when pining victory rolls. It was so much easier to hide the pins! This maybe wouldn’t work as well for someone who has thicker hair, but for my fine hair the smaller pins just worked wonderfully for holding the curled hair but not sticking crazy far out. (They are especially good if you are pining from the side to anchor them down)

A good heat protectant and a working curling iron. Okay this one may seem really obvious, and it is, but I’m brining this up because well…..the last week of the challenge I traveled from LA back to Austin for Thanksgiving. And I forgot to pack my thermal protecting spray (I’ve been using Redkens Hot Sets spray). But decided to do my hair without because I didn’t feel like going to the store and buying a new one. (Don’t be lazy kids) Well it also turned out my inexpensive curling iron was malfunctioning and overheating. The results of both of these things lead to me literally burning off a few sections of my hair! 😭 thankfully they are all underneath sections, but it was still devastating when I discovered the fried sections of my hair falling out. As such, with the conclusion of the challenge I’ve been giving my hair a rest, and doing deep conditioning treatments to try and reverse some of the damage. I also got a new (and better curling iron) and promptly trashed the old one.

Final thoughts:

I love looking like a pinup doll, and really want to make more of an effort to do more styles more often.

Certain tools really do make a huge difference of the final look.

Treat your hair well, and don’t take it for granted.


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