Industry Speaks: Todd McIntosh

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“I could recognize an artist’s stroke; I knew that the same hand that created this make-up, created that make-up.”

Interviewed by Deverill Weekes, Article by Myrna Martinez

Todd McIntosh is a believer—a believer in theatre and movie make-up magic, a believer in an artistic hand that has been touched by a higher power—a believer in knowing every aspect of make-up artistry is the key to no-missed opportunities. When the key that unlocked your life’s calling is found in classics like Dark Shadows, or the theatrical magic of Peter Pan, and—Spock’s ears?—you know you’ve been called to be an artist.

At eight years old, Todd began exploring what he could do with an eyeliner pencil, drawing lines on his face and creating characters with available materials. A neighbor who surely saw something amazing in this young boy, gifted him with a book on how to create stage make-up. By 12 years old, he worked in theatre; by 15 he was molding; by 16 he was teaching his high-school classmates make-up techniques and by 18 he was employed by a Studio.

This young, talented artist was on his way to creating multitudes of characters in his lifetime. Determined to master his craft, he learned all aspects of make-up, from beauty to character and Make-up FX.

“Every skill you are without is every job you go without,” is Todd’s ambitious philosophy. But, only a special kind of passion for what he does can cause him to be so driven. “I could recognize an artist’s stroke; I knew that the same hand that created this make-up, created that make-up.” With such keen focus on the artistry, Deverill asked if there was anyone who contributed to his fire—and like many artists before him, he answered, “Dick Smith.”

“Dick Smith was my first, well, I don’t have the words for it. He has this artistic ability that transcends the average—he has a hand that’s been touched by God.” Todd continues, “I went to a museum with Dick and he had me looking into paintings. I saw colors in skin I had never seen before—greens and blues—and I learned first-hand from Dick Smith.”

Today, Todd is inspired by make-ups on shows like Supernatural, Salem and American Horror Story. He remembers a certain aging make-up in a final shot of AHS that he thought was absolutely brilliant.

Now, our students’ eyes are on you, Mr. McIntosh. We are so very honored that you visited MUD and shared your personal stories of growth and inspired us with your experience.

MUD LA Students with Todd McIntosh, Daveid DeLeon and Deverill Weekes

About Todd / http://www.mcintoshmakeup.com/

Todd McIntosh is known for his work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) Emmy Winner, Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) Pushing Daisies (2009) (Emmy Winner)

MUD Alumni on Face Off Season 7

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Contributor: Stacia McCarthy, MUD NY

MUD Celebrates the premier of the Syfy show Face Off which featured two of its Graduates. Honorees were Rachael Wagner a 2012 graduate of MUD’s Master Make-up Artistry Program and Stella Sensel a 2012 graduate also from the Master Make-up Artistry Program.

The event took place this Wednesday evening at Novecento a trendy bistro in the heart of Soho, New York. More than 50 people were in attendance including MUD Students, Alumni and Staff. The celebration was organized by MUD New York’s Career Services team Brenna Belardinelli and Marissa Green.

To begin the celebration School Director Marc Scoleri introduced the guests of honor while attendees enjoyed cocktails and appetizers. Later in the evening the season 7 premier of Face Off was shown on a large projector screen while guest mingled and congratulated the guests of honor.

Congratulations Rachael and Stella! We look forward to watching you this season!

Watch Face Off on SyFy every Tuesday at 8/9c and keep up with #teamMUD @stellasensel @makeupwager

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MUD Welcomes Partner School Tennessee School of Beauty

School of Beauty Tennessee

MUD welcomes Tennessee School of Beauty as an official MUD Partner School offering our studio courses: Beauty Essentials, Airbrush, High Fashion Beauty Trends, Special Make-up Effects and more, through their trained experts at their highly respected school in Knoxville, TN. Named “Best Beauty School in Knoxville” 21 years in a row, it is clear that their dedication to providing students superb training for careers in beauty is top priority.

“As a 4th generation cosmetology school owner, it has been instilled in me from day one that Education Comes First above all else.  The more I researched MUD, the more comfortable I was that they had the same core belief system.  Their reputation is impeccable and we are so proud and flattered that they would allow us to become a MUD partnership school. We’re very excited about the opportunities for growth with MUD as a partner.” Adam Brown, President, TENNESSEE SCHOOL OF BEAUTY

If you’re in the Knoxville area and want to get started with your career in cosmetology, visit their Website at http://tennesseeschoolofbeauty.com. The hours taken in the MUD approved make-up course can be transferred to our main campuses in Los Angeles and New York.

Follow Tennessee School of Beauty on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TennesseeSchoolofBeauty

Watch News Local 8 for more on the MUD/TSB story:  http://sproutvideo.com/videos/4c9bd9b3191de6c0c4

 

Industry Speaks: Special Make-up FX Artist Norman Cabrera

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“Never be discouraged…” This was just one of many pieces of advice that Norman Cabrera gave to a room full of peers, fans, MUD students, graduates, and aspiring make-up artists attending Make-up Designory’s Industry Speaks. With over 20 years of special make-up FX experience and a resume that is just as tall as he is, it was certain that this advice would leave a lasting impression and serve as food for thought for those who were hungry to hear more about Norman’s roadmap to a career as one of the most sought after special make-up FX artists.

It was an informal gathering, almost like having a beer with an old friend — discussing work, family and the thing you loved most, in this case FX make-up. “I want this to be informal, like a chat,” he said, and encouraged the crowd to throw out questions as he talked. The first being, “How did you get started?”

His eyes lit up behind dark frame tinted glasses and with a reflective smile he began to talk about his start and journey as a make-up artist. “I’ve always loved monsters and make-up FX. I was obsessed with it,” he started. “I remember watching Planet of the Apes and it blew my mind. After seeing Rick Baker’s work I knew that was what I wanted to do.” He continued as he flipped through youthful pictures of himself surrounded by pictures of Return of The Jedi posters and masks he created. “I was sculpting by the age of 14. At 16 I, built up the courage to show people my work, and when I was 17 I sent Rick Baker pictures of my work.”

Realizing this was a teachable moment he briefly deviated from his story and took a minute to plant a seed of wisdom. “Always have something to show,” he advised. “Building your portfolio is one of the most important things you can do. No one is going to hire you if you don’t have anything to show them,” he added with a tone that was high-spirited yet still conveyed the importance of what he was saying.

Pens feverishly jotted down the tidbit of advice before Norman resumed telling the story of how he started his career. His moment of reflection took the attentive audience on a journey through his work and his experiences working on films like Hell Boy I and II, Drag Me To Hell, and Men in Black 3. He talked about his work with directors like and Guillermo Del Toro and fx make-up artists like Rick Baker, who had inspired and mentored him throughout his career.

“So, you knew beyond a hobby that this is what you wanted to do?” Gil Romero, School Director, asked.

Without hesitation and with a confidence supported by talent and years of experience, he answered, “For sure. I would always read magazines and I searched through the TV Guide looking for anything that had to do with make-up.” He talked about working in a supermarket as a teenager and saving his money to buy latex so that he could make masks.

“So, is the passion still there,” an enthusiastic audience member asked.

“Absolutely,” he answered quickly and assuredly. “I think about this stuff all the time. I’m always working on something. He then took another second to impart advice to the listening audience. “It’s important to always keep working. Do more stuff. Every waking moment you should be working on something.” He paused for a second and then added. “And always keep learning. Just as important as building your book you have to keep learning.” His words resonated with the crowd. But the wisdom coming from years of experience did not stop there. “Keep learning. Study anatomy,” he said adamantly. “Study all the creatures of the earth. You can find ideas and inspiration in all of this.” It was simplistic but still profound advice.

As Norman continued to talk about his experiences the audience hung on his every word, some writing them down hurriedly while others simply nodded in agreement. Before wrapping up his informal chat, he left them with some final words of advice. “I can’t stress enough how important it is to build your book. You have to have a kick ass book. This is a competitive industry but never be discouraged to follow what you want to do.”

As I wrote down these final words of advice I realized Norman’s gems of wisdom could be applied to all aspects of life. I recognized the motivation stirring in the room and the sense of inspiration emanating from the crowd. Just like the line waiting to shake hands and take pictures with Norman Cabrera, I left not only feeling the urge do more, but believing that I could. “Never be discouraged,” I thought as I scribbled the last notes before I closed my notepad. Wise words indeed.

— Jarrell Mosley

MUD Alumni Shine Backstage at MISS USA

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And the 2014 MISS USA winner is … Nia Sanchez representing the state of Nevada! Last Sunday, the fourth-degree black belt beauty received the MISS USA 2014 Tiara amidst a cheering crowd at the Civic Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  As the official cosmetics sponsor for MISS USA and MISS TEEN USA, Make-up Designory congratulates all of this year’s beautiful contestants!

It has been an absolute thrill to have taken part in this event which included not only the sponsorship for cosmetics, but the opportunity to have a special team of MUD Make-up Artists chosen by Sean Conklin, Lead Artist to make-up all 51 of the MISS USA contestants for the registration and fitting events, photo shoots, the dress rehearsals and the live show.

The MUD Alumni team of make-up artists included Lauren Smeraglia, Ashley Guirdy, Vanessa Moreno, Chelsea Wallace, Jessica Poche, Jill Pugh and Denise Zamora.

We asked Sean to elaborate on his strategy for choosing such a successful group of artists. Sean stated,

“I chose our team based predominantly on their skills and personalities, and each artist had to be a MUD graduate. The goal was to create a great working dynamic. Since we would be working on 51 contestants, judges and t.v. personalities in a span of 12 hours, we needed to be quick, precise and, needless to say, pleasant. Now that the whirlwind of events are over, I look back and am astonished at the way our team performed—like clockwork. The girls were all willing and able, and as a whole, I couldn’t have asked for a better team.”

It takes amazing individuals to make a great team, we asked Sean to sum up in a few words why he chose each artist. Here’s what he said:

On Lauren Smeraglia “Lauren carries MUD products at her salon The Powder Room. She is familiar with MUD products. When I went to her Salon to offer further product and retail training, we connected instantly.  She was one of the first on my list of contacts.

On Ashley Guirdy: ”I remember Ashley as a student. She has a great personality and she’s a fantastic artist. It was great to have a Louisiana local!”

On Vanessa Moreno: “This gal is as sweet as can be, but her skills really ‘pack a punch’!”

On Chelsea Wallace: “Chelsea’s background includes Pageants. Her experience, along with her upbeat personality, and her excitement for joining the MUD MISS USA team is what sealed it for us.”

On Jessica Poche: “She’s another Louisiana local, so having her friendly personality and excellent make-up skills on our team worked out perfectly.”

On Jill Pugh: “Jill is fast and furious (laughs). Her make-up skills in beauty are superb and her work ethic is phenomenal. We are lucky to have gotten her on board.”

On Denise Zamora: “Dee is my right hand woman! She’s great at delegating, awesome at her make-up skill and loved by all.”

Thank you to all who participated in this amazing event. For more photos, visit our Flickr Page and http://instagram.com/makeupdesignory

 

MUD Alumni Spotlight: Jackie Caruso

At Make-up Designory Schools, our most important goal is to provide our students with the education and experience needed to be successful in the make-up industry. Whether it’s working on a movie set as a special make-up effects artist, or beautifying brides in the billion dollar bridal industry, it is an imperative part our program that we are an available and active resource to students even after graduation. In our “Alumni Spotlight Stories” we are proud to share the accomplishments of MUD Alumni to inspire, take pride in and applaud the great artists in the Make-up Industry.

Alumni Spotlight: Jackie Caruso
Contributor: StaciaMcCarthy

Jackie Caruso is a 2009 graduate of the MUD Journeyman certificate program, where she received training in hair, make-up, skincare and airbrush. Since completing her studies at MUD, Jackie has been a consistently working make-up artist, freelancing in various industries such as print, film, television, runway and bridal.

Jackie Caruso

Her highest level of achievement since obtaining her degree from MUD has been keying shows at New York Fashion Week for the past two years. The make-up looks applied to the models were designed entirely by Jackie who participated in and supervised the execution of her creative concepts.  Recently, her work has been published in Seventeen Magazine and Metro NY.

Jackie attributes the success she has seen throughout her career to the skills she obtained at MUD. She explains how MUD’s diligent career services team put her in contact with industry professionals and taught her how to market herself as a business and as a brand in order to get the kind of jobs she wanted.

In addition to her freelance work, Jackie spends her days working at the Make-up Designory MUD Shop in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Her future goal is to one day own her own shop where she can incorporate her well-honed skills and expertise to lead her staff.  We will continue to watch Jackie and see what success she will achieve in the future!

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Make-Up Artist David Dupuis Speaks at MUD

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When you bring in award-winning artists that have a portfolio of creations from Pirates of the Caribbean, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Hunger Games, and Blade II, you never know what to expect. At MUD’s Industry Speaks event, David Dupuis did not disappoint. As a matter of fact, he wowed.

Students explored the world through the eyes of Dupuis as he walked them through a variety of his works using gels, appliances, and foam. When asked to name a memorable “McIver” moment in which he had to be quick on his feet, a lot of examples came to mind — including making eyes that are gouged out by a fork. His best advice: “While you’re studying, you are already connected to this world. Start saving for your union dues while you’re preparing for your new career in make-up artistry. Be ready, or close to ready when that window of opportunity opens up for you.”

As fans of his work, MUD thanks David for sharing his experiences with MUD students, and we looking forward to more amazing stories in the future.

MUD at Wondercon

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Contributor: Jarrell Mosley

Super heroes, villains, and every comic book character one could imagine lined the walkways of the Anaheim Convention Center waiting to get into WonderCon, a smaller yet equally anticipated and enjoyable version of ComiCon.  The lines did not stop once the eager tradeshow attendees entered into the bustling convention center.  Amidst the action and the sea of booths you could find a line of excited costume clad spectators at the Make-up Designory booth waiting to get a glance of, and hopefully a picture with, Niko Gonzales and Cat Paschen, MUD Alums and contestants on season 6 of the SyFy Channel’s Face Off.

Kids of all ages (along with some adult-kids) clamored to see Cat and Niko transform their models into vampire and slayer characters from an upcoming film as well as recreate their always popular Exo Bride. Some guests were even treated to zombie and elf make-overs by their favorite Face-off contestants.

After attending WonderCon I could see why the line to get in had stretched as far as the eye could see. What kid or grown-up for that matter wouldn’t want to see their favorite super hero?  As one of Niko’s youngest fans waved goodbye he turned around and yelled back, “Niko I want to be just like you when I grow up”.  As we all were humbled by the youthful admiration, it was at that moment that I realized that not every hero at WonderCon had on a costume and carried a lifesaver or laser beam.  Some heroes wore a make-up belt and carried a MUD make-up brush and airbrush gun.

Jarrell

 

 

MUD at IMATS NY 2014

 

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The IMATS 2014 premiered this past Saturday at New York City’s Pier 94 in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Make-up artists and enthusiasts gathered to participate and view the festivities of the prestigious and highly anticipated event. Highlights included demos featuring multiple Mud Alumni, Make-up competitions and famous faces.

The show kicked off on Saturday with a prosthetic museum curated by MUD’s Special Make-up Effects Instructor Anthony Giordano. Various characters were featured from film, television and music videos for all attendees viewing delight. Giordano was assisted by a group of MUD alumnae including: Olivia Cui, Sky Vega and Alyssa Vandall.

Fans of the SYFY TV Series “Face Off” had the opportunity to pose for photos and view demos created by Face Off contestants and MUD alumni Catherine Pashen (Cat), Niko Gonzalez and Bethany Serpico. Cat and Niko presented their “Exo Bride” demo and Bethany created an alien-like creature, while show-goers snapped photos and asked for autographs.

MUD Instructor Kelly Budd also performed a demo and with the assistance of former student Korina Artemiadis, she unveiled her avant-garde beauty inspired character during the final hours of the event.

The show wrapped with the Battle of the Brushes character prosthetic competition featuring two MUD alumnae Renee Varela and April Townes as well as 8 other contestants, all competing for a cash prize and the opportunity to be featured in the IMATS Make-up Artist Magazine.

Fans also said goodbye to Face-Off contestants Cat and Nikko as they performed their final demo on Sunday featuring their demon inspired character.

Contributor: Stacia McCarthy

Safety Tips

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Officer Oscar Kendrick visited the MUD Burbank Campus yesterday and spoke with our students about safety awareness, when to call 911 and when to call your local police department.  Here are some take-away points from his visit:

  • You should know where the nearest police department is. (Near Burbank Campus: Burbank Police Department: 200 N 3rd St, Burbank, CA (818) 238-3000/ Near MUD Campus: NYPD 16 Ericsson PLace, NY 10013 (212) 334-0611
  • Have the phone number of your local police department programmed in your phone
  • If you call 911 from your cell phone they cannot track your location.  If possible you should call from a landline
  • When traveling to and from campus, you should always try traveling in pair
  • Stay in well-lit areas when at all possible when you are walking from one point to another
  • Have your keys in hand when walking to your car
  • If you are being followed to your car, hit the panic button on your car keys
  • Never leave a purse, wallet, GPS dash mount, keys or anything of value in your car. If you do, make sure they are not visible.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings

The above are just a few safety tips to consider; please visit the LAPD’s Crime Prevention page for more tips on how to keep safe.