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Conversations with Guity Rafik-Surrey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Guity Rafik-Surrey.

Hi Guity, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
When I was around nine years old, I saw behind the scenes footage of the movie, The Exorcist. The moment I realized that “makeup artist” was an actual job, I decided that was what I wanted to do. It combined all of my favorite things, storytelling, visual art, and film into one. I knew I’d never been happy doing anything else. Having always been drawn to art, I decided to focus on painting, sculpting and design. Instead of going to makeup school, I went to art school, focusing on fine arts painting. After college, I bought a one way ticket from DC to Los Angeles. And with stars in my eyes and a dream of working in film, I got on a plane and never looked back. Years of working, collaborating, and meeting like-minded artists helped shape my career as a makeup artist for film, tv, and music videos.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I moved to Los Angeles without any work lined up or knowing a single soul. The hardest part of my journey was probably navigating a new city without a safety net. I knew what I wanted but not how to reach those goals. The city and the industry didn’t come with a manual and the burnout I witnessed around me was very real. I was also a young Afghan woman trying to break into a heavily male-dominated industry with zero connections to start with. But I was determined to conquer this seemingly gritty town, to create and take up space even in places that seemed impossible for someone like me. I knew collaboration and genuine connection was key (as it can be for most things in life). Meeting other artists, film lovers, and creatives helped lead me to projects I’m proud of. I let my work speak for itself and worked hard even when it seemed like no one was watching, and word of mouth soon became my favorite way to book the next job. I built a foundation, a family, a network of creatives and misfit artists like myself. LA at its best, is just artists coming together to tell stories. It’s what I love most about this city.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a special effects/makeup artist. My specialties include prosthetics, sculpting, airbrushing, and injury stimulation/fx. I’m most proud of being able to adapt to any job and to help bring stories to life visually. Some of the work I’m most proud of include music videos for John Carpenter and Pentatonix. My attitude, eagerness, intuition and love for any team I’m a part of seem to set me apart.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Check out my IG @missgoryfx or feel free to email me at! I’m always looking for new collaborators and storytellers to create art with.

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Image Credits:

Daniel J Garibay Krysta Morehouse Brianna Scovin Suzanne Reyes

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