Born - May 1, 1972 in Poughkeepsie, NY

Makeup and Special Makeup Effects have become a huge part of my life and are a passion for me.  Working in this business you have to love what you do.  Let's face it, we spend more time working than with our families.

 

It's funny, I never expected to get into this field.  I was actually pursuing a career in law and criminal justice.  Who would have thought that my life would take this direction.  Definitely not my parents.  I always had a passion for the movie business & loved all the behind the scenes specials & photos I saw.  It just seemed like such an amazing world, where people could do just about anything.  I remember as a young kid my parents took the family on a trip to California and we ended up going to Universal Studios for the day.  Well, that was it for me.  The back lot tour was the most amazing thing I had ever seen.  This is where it all happens!  When the tram rolled up to the Psycho house, they were actually filming part of Psycho 3.  I couldn't believe what I was seeing.  At that moment I knew that this is what I wanted to do.  But how the hell do you get into the movie business?  There's no way!


senior year of High School was when I was exposed to makeup & realized that this is what I wanted to do.  It turns out that mandatory credits are indeed a good thing.I had found out that in order to graduate, I needed a credit in a theatre course of some kind.  Well to say the least, I wasn't interested in hanging out with the theatre kids.  They were definitely not the kind of crowd that I hung out with.Well, to make this long story short, I had to take the course whether I liked it or not.  The whole thing kind of bored me, until one day my teacher didn't have a lesson plan & decided to bring in a makeup kit she had.  She taught us to do bruises, cuts & scars.  My friend & I made each-other up as if we had gotten into a fight.  Pretty soon the class bell rang before we could clean ourselves up.  We went out into the hall to head to the bathroom to clean up & everyone freaked out thinking that it was real.  We had so much fun playing it off & making people think that we were in a fight.  At that point I knew that makeup was something that I wanted to pursue.  I immediately bought a small makeup kit to play around with.  Anyone in my way was a victim.  I loved it, but again "How the hell do you get into the movie business?".


Well knowing that there was no way for a kid like me to get into the business, I started going to college & facing the fact that I needed to grow up and pursue a real career.  I did a few semesters in college & realized that it just wasn't for me.  One day I was reading a makeup magazine & saw an ad for a makeup school .......

" Get A Career In The Film Industry".  Well this was my ticket.  I begged & pleaded with my parents to let me go.  After a long time wearing them down, they finally said yes!  I went to that school & learned a lot about makeup & graduated one of the top in my class.  They said that I was ready to go out & work in the business.  Soon after I  landed my first commercial shoot & met another makeup artist that was doing "The Star" of the shoot & he let me know pretty quickly that I was completely taught wrong & had no idea what I was doing.  I was devastated!  All that time and money going to school was completely wasted.  Luckily for me, that makeup artist felt bad for me & took me under his wing to point me in the right direction.  After retraining myself under other makeup artists for a couple of years, I was able to learn things correctly and slowly started taking on small jobs by myself & actually doing them right.  People started liking my work & personality.  As with everyone else in the business, I started to work on bigger & better projects, working my way up the ladder & paying my dues.


Now, more than 20 years later, I am finally living my dream.  I'm working on amazing projects with great people, and working in some incredible locations all over the world.  I have my own makeup effects company & received an Emmy Award for The Sopranos and a second one for Behind The Candelabra.  Yes, it is a grind & sometimes this business can be vicious, but I still love what I do.  Who would have thought?  I was actually able to make it happen, with a lot of help from some great people that believed in me, especially my parents who thought that this was just going to be a phase & I needed to find a real job!

 

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