Fall Make-up Tutorial: Get the Perfect Smoky Eye with Warm Seasonal Tones

From chunky knit sweaters to pumpkin spice everything, fall is officially in the air! Smoky eyes may be “in” year round, but this warm tone smoky eye forgoes the usual black and grey and utilizes layered Eye Colors like Canyon, Espresso, and Semisweet, to create this rich brown look. Follow along below to learn how to get the perfect smoky eye to complement the bolder, earthier styles of the season!

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Halloween Make-up Tutorial: How to Get a Quick and Easy Pop Art Inspired Lip

Halloween is only one week away and the countdown is on to find the perfect costume! Let’s face it, there’s nothing better than a procrastinator-friendly Halloween look that requires little costume shopping effort, and extensive makeup. If you’re on a time crunch this Halloween, try out our tutorial below for this bold, Pop Art inspired lip. It uses MUD staples, likely product you already own, and requires only five products in total. Pair it with some pop art inspired eyes and brows, throw on some neon apparel and you’ve got the perfect Insta-worthy costume!

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MUD Celebrates our Emmy Nominated Winner: Emma Faulkes

Emma Faulkes

Despite its fantastical premise, watching Game of Thrones always feels very real. Whether you’re watching the death of your favorite character or a battle between two others, computer and prosthetic special effects blend seamlessly, giving birth to one of the most captivating fantasy TV shows of our generation. Special Make-up Effects Artist, Emma Faulkes, was part of the team whhelped bring this television fantasy to life. 

Emma Faulkes recently won an Emmy for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special for her work on Game of Thrones’ seventh season. Starting out as a trainee for Nick Dudman on the set of Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows, Faulkes has always been drawn towards prosthetic effects. “I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be surrounded by so much talent on one of the greatest franchises in film history,” she says about the job, defining it as the moment she knew she needed to be a make-up artist. In fact, she had already studied make-up in the UK for two years before coming to MUD, searching for a class that was “solely prosthetics-based” and “was 100% focused on hands on practical learning.” Luckily for us, MUD served her needs. 

But her time at MUD wasn’t all work, and she has some fond memories, too. When asked to share her favorite story, she recalled a time where her make-up kit was stolen out of the trunk of her car and her instructor, along with others all pitched in to replace it. “It was an act of kindness that I will never forget,” she says, describing her instructor, Mark Shostromas “an incredible FX artist,” and “the reason I travelled all the way from the UK to Los Angeles.” In fact, she even stopped by our Los Angeles school just last week to say hello to the staff! We are very excited about Emma’s success, and proud to say she is a MUD grad.


MUD Celebrates Our Emmy Nominated Grads: Nicole Faulkner and Jen Fregoz

Nicole Faulkner

Nicole Faulkner, alias “Lipsticknick” has developed a name for herself as celebrity make-up artist, with a personal brand marked by bold lips, feathery eyelashes, and flawless skin. You might know her from her beauty influencer status online, with 518,000 followers on Instagram and 42,100 followers on Twitter. She’s performed as herself on Todrick Hall’s MTV reality show Todrick in 2015, only broadening her internet base and front-facing public persona. Her expertise shows through both her industry and technical smarts, as she has become known for applying picture-perfect dramatic looks spanning from drag to high fashion.   

This year, she has received her second Emmy nomination for Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) for Ru Paul’s Drag Race’s episode “10s Across the Board.” She was nominated for this same award at the Emmys last year, and has worked on the show for the last two years. A show focused on over-the-top looks and extravagant performances, one might imagine the job is many beauty make-up artists’ dream.  

Passionate about art from a very young age, Nicole chose to get an art-focused make-up education at Make-Up Designory before moving on to the professional world. Plus, Nicole Faulkner not only graduated from Make-Up Designory, but also has come back to teach, calling MUD “one of L.A.’s most renowned makeup schools” on her personal website [link]. She has also toured as a make-up instructor, and used her marketing and artistic skills to work with multiple large companies and celebrities including the Pentatonix, Tori Kelly, Todrick Hall, and Def Leppard.  

Jen Fregozo

Nominated for the same award as Nicole Faulkner for her make-up on Ru Paul’s Drag Race, outstanding make-up artist Jen Fregozo is a MUD grad from our Los Angeles school. She has collected over 20 years of experience in the industry since she graduated from Make-Up Designory, including work for people like Jennifer Lopez, Mat Devine and Siera Kustebeck, and Naya Rivera. She also has worked on movies including WinterthorneThe Blackout, and A Night of Nightmares 

In addition to beauty make-up, Jen Fregozo is an expert in the world of character make-up as well. Creating the make-up for characters based on Saturday Night Live’s ‘Gilly,’ a DC Comic’s Joker, or zombies for a live attraction, Jen Fregozo has become an expert in demonstrating special effects character make-up. She was also the Senior Makeup Assistant Supervisor at Dark Harbor up until 2015. Her character make-up skills have even earned her spots as resident expert on multiple make-up “how-to” videos, like this:  

Working on the set of Ru Paul’s Drag Race amongst equally talented peers like ‘Lipsticknick’ seems to be an absolute blast. In an interview with Bionic Buzz, Jen Fregozo was caught speechless, giggling “we love it” and agreeing with her coworker that there’s simply no better way to describe the experience. During this interview, Jen said she was drawn to make-up artistry after having an interest earlier in life in art, media, and pop culture. Like so many MUD grads, Jen’s artistic talent is obvious, as she creates creative and out-of-this-world looks on TV’s most popular drag show. 

MUD Celebrates Our Emmy Nominated Grads: Carleigh Herbert and Hugo Villasenor

Carleigh Herbert

If you’ve ever watched American Horror Story, you know that the make-up and effects are always incredible. Whether it be Hypodermic Sally’s dark smoky eyes in Hotel or Twisty the Clown’s aged face paint in Freak Show, make-up is used to create the illusion of monsters, evil spirits, and everything in between. A limited series telling tales of disturbed horror and violence, the characters of American Horror Story play the ultimate canvas for a talented make-up artist who is prepared to stretch her artistic skill. 

Thus, we are so proud to say the make-up artist nominated this year for two Emmy’s for her work on American Horror Story: Cult is MUD grad Carleigh Herbert. This year, she has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic) and Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special for her work on AHS. Carleigh Herbert has also developed a substantial portfolio outside of Cult, including a 2017 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic) for American Horror Story: Roanoke in 2017.

Upon graduating from MUD, Herbert assisted in make-up FX shops to further refine her prosthetic skills. Within one decade, she moved on to working on cult television shows like American Horror Story, which display her special effects mastery with and without prosthetics. She told IMATS “I am constantly working to become a stronger and more established artist.”

Hugo Villasenor

Hugo Villasenor, a Make-Up Designory graduate from our Burbank school, has a diverse resume. From being the make-up shop supervisor for 2006 film Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny to working as a make-up artist on The Conjuring 2, his work covers a wide range within the special effects make-up world. Some of his credits also include ClownScouts Guide to the Zombie ApocalypseThe Bad BatchMystery Science Theater 3000, and Anabelle: Creation.  

Photo courtesy of IMATS

This year, however, Hugo Villasenor finds himself with his first Emmy nomination for his work on Star Trek: Discovery. He has been nominated for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie, or Special for the make-up in an episode titled “Will You Take My Hand.” This was the fourteenth and last episode of the season.

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Supervising Sound Editor Jon Mete and his team have also been nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for an episode of the series titled “What’s Past is Prologue.” Gathering critical acclaim all around, Star Trek: Discovery is certainly taking a spot in the media spotlight. MUD is incredibly proud of our graduate, Hugo Villasenor. Live long and prosper!

MUD Celebrates Our Emmy Grads: Natalie Driscoll and Melissa Buell

Natalie Driscoll

Another accomplished MUD Grad from our Los Angeles school is hairstylist to the stars Natalie Driscoll. Like so many make-up artists, Natalie was drawn to make-up since childhood. On her website bio she says “in my younger years I dreamt of doing hair and make-up for film, television, weddings, and events. By working very hard my dreams have come true. Today I am doing it all.” Earning a make-up and hairstyling certificate from Make-up Designory, Natalie Driscoll has since gone on to style the hair of countless movie and television stars, red carpet events, and special occasions. 

Winning the Emmy for Outstanding Hairstylist for a Limited Series or Movie for her work on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Natalie finds herself recognized by the Emmys for her fourth time. She also won the award for Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or Movie for her work on American Horror Story in 2012, was nominated again for her work on the same show in 2013, and won for her hairstyling on American Crime Story in 2016.  

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The nine-episode series investigates the murder of Gianni Versace by Andrew Cunanan in 1997. Stylistically the show holds on to European high culture amongst all the violence, starring beautifully tussled long haircuts, stylish runway updos, and clean men’s looks. Featured in InStyle and Vanity Fair, star Penelope Cruz’s daring fashion, make-up and hair on the show have created a lot of buzz in the entertainment community. Natalie Driscoll’s talents are certainly on full display. 

Melissa Buell

You might know her as the make-up artist responsible for Lea Michelle, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch and other stars’ looks on hit TV show Glee. In fact, this MUD grad has been nominated three times for an Emmy for her work on the show from 2011-2013, including nominations for Outstanding Makeup for a Single Camera-Series and Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special. However, this time Melissa Buell returns to the MUD Emmy nominated list after 5 years with not one, but two nominations for her brilliant on-set make-up.  

Melissa Buell’s first nomination is for her work on “Money’s in the Chase,” an episode from the flamboyant 80s TV show GLOW. The episode is the show’s first season finale, which received glowing reviews for its “aim of authenticity as period comedy, modern character study, and respectful wrestling adaptation” [link Vulture article]. Having to prep the actresses with colorful 80s make-up fit for the wrestling ring, Melissa Buell and her work were clearly as popular with the critics as was the series’ dramatic ending. 

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Buell is also nominated for Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (Non-Prosthetic) for her work on The Last Tycoon. The episode, “Oscar, Oscar, Oscar,” is also this series’ season finale, full of romantic drama, secret ties, and emotional fallout. The 1930s time period lends Buell the opportunity for flirty lashes, bold brows, and defining lip colors. Buell has also been recognized for her work on Tron: Legacy, Scream Queens, and Love.  

MUD Congratulates our Emmy Nominated Grads: Gina Ghiglieri and Kristina Frisch

Kristina Frisch

Kristina Frisch knew she wanted to be a make-up artist ever since she was a little girl. “It was the 1980’s and every movie had a transformation montage. The frumpy girl turned into a babe. The dorky kid into the werewolf. I thought ‘I want to do that.’ I just love transformations I guess” she says about her childhood dreams. Some might say Kristina’s childhood inspirations led her career full circle, as she has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (non-prosthetic) for her work on 80s women’s wrestling TV show GLOW 

Choosing MUD because it “felt like a family,” in 2001, Kristina learned valuable lessons about on-set behavior in addition to the valuable make-up techniques. “The most important thing I learned at MUD was probably the basics of how a set works and what would be expected of me as a make-up artist working in films and on TV. You get to set, and you are expected to just know. That probably would have been even more terrifying if I hadn’t had a heads up” she says.

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She advises aspiring make-up artists make the most of their time at school and on-set.  “Always admit when you don’t know how to do something or if you need help. If someone has to redo your work because you screwed up trying to do something you weren’t confident with it’s a lot more harmful than just asking for help in the first place. There is no shame in not knowing how to do everything.” If you’re still a student, the same applies as well. Every time you work on your skills, ask the questions you need to ask. Even the most qualified artists need some clarification.

Gina Ghiglieri

A MUD Grad from our Los Angeles school, there’s no doubt that Gina Ghiglieri knows how to work through the ranks. “Always stay connected to your peers…you will help each other navigate and pass on jobs to one another” she says. Her drive shows—not only is her beauty makeup impeccable, but she’s worked hard off the clock as well, including networking and staying connected with alumni. She even got her job on The Voice through networking, getting her name passed along to the department head as someone who did well on the make-up set for live TV competition shows.  

Now, Gina Ghiglieri is nominated for Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic) for her work on the faces of Addison Agen, Christina Danielle, Kyla Jade, and more for The Voice. “I seriously feel so blessed to be a part of it” she says. A beauty expert, she found a job with the creative freedom with Department Head, Darcy Gilmore and Key, Kristene Bernard, and excels as she works with the make-up and wardrobe department to make looks suited to each artist’s personal style. “We start early in the morning creating their looks and watch rehearsal to see if any changes need to be made based on lighting or wardrobe changes, and then add details and pops that take the make-up to the next level” she says, “and there is no room for error.”

Gina Ghighlieri advises recent grads to know their worth and stay focused on their career. “Whether it be to gain experience, compensation for your kit, tear sheets, meeting new people, etc., I never worked for free.” says Ghiglieri about her time as a recent grad. “If you have to take another job to pay the bills while navigating, make sure it’s make-up related, and it has flexibility for you to jump when projects arise. This line of work does not come quickly, and you have to put a lot of time and experience in to get to where you want to be” she says. Know you are qualified, and don’t settle. Especially with a MUD degree, why would you?

MUD Celebrates Our Emmy Nominated and Winning Grads

Everyone knows MUD grads are some of the most talented and professional artists in Hollywood, but the Emmy’s this year make us all particularly proud. MUD would like to officially congratulate our MUD Graduates Emma Faulkes and Natalie Driscoll on their Emmy wins!  Congratulations as well to our MUD Graduate nominees Melissa Buell, Kristina Frisch, Nicole Faulkner, Jen Fregozo, Gina Ghiglieri Carleigh Herbert and Hugo Villasenor.

In celebration, we will be posting make-up artist spotlights on each of our nominated alumni every weekday until the Emmy awards show. Stay tuned for success stories and advice from the following grads:  

2018 Emmy Winners
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special
Emma Faulkes, Special Makeup Effects Artist: Game of Thrones • The Dragon and the Wolf
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or Movie

Natalie Driscoll, Key Hairstylist: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime 

2018 Emmy Nominees
Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
Melissa Buell, Makeup Artist & Kristina Frisch, Makeup Artist: GLOW • Money’s in the Chase
Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic)
Nicole Faulkner, Makeup Artist & Jen Fregozo, Makeup Artist: RuPaul’s Drag Race • 10s Across the Board
Gina Ghiglieri, Makeup Artist: The Voice • Live Finale, Part 1
Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie (NonProsthetic)
Carleigh Herbert, Makeup Artist: American Horror Story • Cult
Melissa Buell, Makeup Artist: The Last Tycoon • Oscar, Oscar, Oscar
Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Limited Series, Movie or Special
Carleigh Herbert, Makeup Artist: American Horror Story • Cult
Hugo Villasenor, Special Makeup Effects Artist: Star Trek: Discovery • Will You Take My Hand?
Phone: 323-702-1136 number updated, left message 8/14/18
Congratulations, MUD graduates!

MUD Celebrates Our 20th Anniversary with Tate Holland

In 1997, Tate Holland had a vision: to create his own make-up school for artists, by artists. Son of make-up artist Bird Holland, Tate always understood the make-up industry, but never made the choice to be an artist himself. Having met and befriended several other make-up professionals at a similar cosmetic company, however, he found the perfect team to start an enterprise of his own. Each individual had their own unique talents and interests so as to fill the roles needed to found a well-rounded make-up school. By January of 1998, Make-Up Designory was born.

Twenty years later, MUD has primary campuses in both New York and Los Angeles, partner schools around the United States, and MUD Studios across the globe. Based in LA but traveling constantly, Tate Holland has maintained a hands-on approach as the company has grown. A father of two, he acts as parent to the larger MUD family as well, addressing each task with the same people-focused compassion he’s had since the very start.

Q: Growing up on set with your dad, did you ever expect to run an international makeup company?

A: Definitely not. I knew early on that I would like to have a business. I didn’t think necessarily about the cosmetics side of it at the time, but it was not unusual that people did what their dad did, union-wise. So there was some expectation that I might become a make-up artist.

Q: In drafting MUD, how did you go about connecting the education and the cosmetic branches?

A: A lot of us worked at a similar makeup company previously, and had an idea as to how this could all work together. The education was first, and then we started to identify the cosmetics we needed in order to teach properly. We’re very specific in how we teach, so we needed very specific products and we needed those products to be readily available to us. We had some trouble on consistency with our distributors, so that caused us to start getting those products manufactured especially for us. So originally just really for the school, but then it eventually grew into its own standing cosmetic line.

Q: Are any of the same products from 20 years ago still around?

A: Oh yeah, sure. The way we teach foundation and base matching is all still the same. I mean sure, formulations change, and regulations and consumer demands cause things to change, but the basic essence of what we’re trying to get that product to do doesn’t.

Q: How did you envision the future of MUD back in 1997?

A: The goal at the time, outside of needing a job, was to make a place where the artist felt comfortable. It really was about creating a space more than a business. I thought that if I created that space, the business would come along with it.

Q: Did you ever expect it to get this big? Was the goal to go international?

A: I think so. I went to school in DC and was an International Studies major, so the international piece was always part and parcel. It was always part of the plan.

Q: What do you think sets MUD apart from our competitors?

A: We definitely take this very seriously, every single day, from ownership on down. We wake up and we work, and we work like everything is dependent on it. We work really hard on our curriculum, and our teacher training, and our formulations. It’s not even doing it thinking of competition–it’s doing it just to be the best we can be, and every day challenging ourselves to be a little bit better.

Q: Do you think that mentality leaks into how the MUD grads think?

A: I think so. There’s a lot of things we do in the school that don’t have anything to do with make-up. To teach work ethic, we have guest speakers that reaffirm the ethic. Again, back to how we’re able to create that space that’s comfortable: I think that we’ve done very well. People can always come back to us, and there’s a MUD way. That MUD way isn’t really about technique; it’s about the seriousness and the work ethic.

Q: Where do you see MUD in the next 20 years?

A: I think we keep going! We’re an independent company, and we always have been. We’re not owned by anybody. There’s no investors. In this space, that’s rare. I like keeping it the way we are, growing it slowly. I think in 20 years you’ll see more MUD studios here in the United States and also worldwide. I think it’s a good compliment to the online distribution to have your own brick and mortars, but not just brick and mortars that sell a product–rather, ones that provide something you really can’t get the full experience of online, which is the training.

Q: What is your most memorable moment from the last 20 years?

A: There’s a lot. I think it was kind of cool that when we first started and I had to bring my daughter to work. That’s kind of a fun memory. She was a baby! Also seeing students, and what they’ve done. To see somebody years after they finished with MUD doing great things, whether they’re a film or a TV makeup artist, or they’re working for a cosmetic line, or they’re an entrepreneur, is completely affirming.

Q: Is there a funniest moment?

A: There’s lots of stories. It’s getting stuck in different parts of the world and having to deal with things, and the daily challenges that come up with running a company. I don’t know if they’re funny, but they might be funny later.

Q: Is there anything else that you want to include?

A: I think the important part for me is that the sentiment that we’ve had from the beginning has not changed: it’s about the people. It’s about the people that are going to the schools, it’s about the people who work here, and it’s about giving people an opportunity and a chance. It’s letting that firework go throughout the company so people feel accepted. I choose that often over anything else. My mind goes to that; it doesn’t go to things like finance or investors. It goes to the people that make the place up.

MUD Celebrates Our 20th Anniversary with Francine Reich

MUD 20th anniversary Francine

Francine Reich is the Brand Manager for Make-Up Designory Cosmetics. She began working for MUD as the store manager in 1998, and studied make-up and worked as a freelance artist in the early nineties. She has also been a licensed Cosmetologist for nearly 30 years. With the company’s decision to design, create and manufacture our own line of professional cosmetics, she has been an integral part of our success.  Francine has supervised the creation and quality management of every product produced by MUD.

Q: Did you go to MUD? If not, what type of make-up education did you receive?

A: I wish MUD had been around when I was in school! I attended a couple of schools and completed a full course in 1990. I also got my cosmetology license at the same time.

Q: What was missing from the schools you attended?

A: Student support, relevance, preparation for real-life make-up jobs, thoroughness, the list goes on.

Q: How did you get connected with MUD?

A: I worked with the founders of MUD at a previous school. When I left that school, I worked for an industry beauty supply store. When MUD was formed a few months later, Tate [MUD’s CEO] contacted me to help with student kits and supplies. I started off part-time until they hired me on as a full-time employee in August of ’98. My job was to assemble kits and open the first MUD Shop. I was thrilled! Our crew was skeletal so we all wore a variety of hats in the beginning. It didn’t matter to me what I did, I just knew I wanted to be a part of this small family that soon became an extension of my own family.

Q: What was the first MUD Shop like?

A: Picture the size of a walk-in closet: small! I had room for a few make-up cases and some loose items on the shelves, and kits surrounded me on the floor. It matched our student population and needs at that time though. We rented an old hair salon as one of our classrooms and the store was in the front of the classroom. In a sense, I guess you could say I attended MUD because I was in the same room as them and got unsolicited refresher courses daily.

Q: How did it feel when MUD went global? You were a part of that initial conversation to open the MUD Studio brand. What was it like going to a MUD Studio for the first time?

A: It was exciting to know that “mini MUDs” would be all over the world. Visiting for the first time was kind of surreal. I never realized how big we were until I saw a MUD Studio. People wanted to be a part of this and trusted our brand enough to create their own. It was very humbling.

Q: What was the first product MUD created?

A: The student population was growing and so was the demand for consistent formulas and inventory. We had a micro budget, but we needed to start somewhere, so I met with chemists and gave them our requirements. We started with a handful of eye and cheek colors. It was the beginning of a whole new world for me and I loved it!

Q: What makes MUD products special?

A: I would say the research and development behind each product makes it a unique brand. Our testing process is rigorous! When I get a sample, I send it to our instructors to test first. If it passes their standards as instructors and make-up artists, I then pass it on to our staff who are not make-up artists, but actual consumers. It needs to function on all levels, not just professional.

Q: What is your main area of focus when creating a new product?

A: The need and demand are our primary focuses. Temporary trends fade in and out so quickly. We do look at trends, but overall, we create products that will have longevity with the line and work for both pros and consumers.

Q: What is your favorite MUD product that you have created?

A: The Eyebrow Cream – it’s something we have been missing for a long time. It took years to create, but we refused to settle for anything less than what we were after. We went back and forth with samples that either dried out, smudged, or had no payoff at all. Now we have a product that is not reliant on any special packaging and creates the closest thing to natural looking brows (without using fibers) that I’ve ever worked with. Plus, the colors are much more realistic to natural hair than the warm tones you find out there.

Q: When you started 20 years ago, did you foresee what MUD would become?

A: Not at all! I was in my 20s and ready for something new and exciting, but I had no clue if it would last. When I was first approached by Tate with this idea I was a little scared, but I trusted he knew what he was doing so I was on board. He had a vision that maybe some of us couldn’t see at the time, but his instincts seem to always be right, and here we are 20 years later. I am grateful they brought me on and gave me this opportunity, it’s been a trip.

Q: Where do you see MUD in the future?

A: It’s fascinating to see how many esthetician and cosmetology schools seek out our cosmetics and curriculum. It’s a good niche and the demand has been growing like crazy! I think keeping the focus on education and continuing to create a line that works for everybody is what has gotten us this far, so keeping on that course seems to be the direction we are headed. MUD Studios would also be a great addition in some of the larger U.S. cities for students that are unable to get to LA or New York.