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Meet Gypsy Towles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gypsy Towles.

Hi Gypsy, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
My journey as a makeup artist started when I was majoring in theatre arts and one of my electives of choice was a stage makeup class. I always loved watching sci-fi and horror films growing up but I hadn’t really thought of being an sfx/ makeup artist. This stage makeup class was the first lecture I had on properly applying makeup for a theatrical production. Shortly after, I decided to learn more about makeup artistry and expand into learning how to do various types of makeup, including editorial makeup, makeup effects, prosthetics, beauty, and more. I attended and graduated from E.I. School of Makeup, in 2015.

For a few years after graduating, however, I only occasionally did makeup because I got busy pursuing a degree in marketing at California State University – Northridge. I wanted a degree in something business-related because I felt it would be good to have a backup career in a more stable field.

The pandemic is actually how I made my way back into makeup. My job had closed down due to the covid-19 pandemic and my schooling had switched to being online. With the extra time on my hands, I was able to get back into doing makeup again.

I found myself doing makeup gigs more and more often and have now been freelancing for a little over a year. I have worked on various short films and feature films, music videos, fashion shoots, and various projects requiring me to do very different types of makeup. I haven’t been a freelance makeup artist for very long but I still have so many goals to reach. I’m just excited to continue to do what I love and am thankful that I was brought back to the path that makes me happy. My goal is to eventually get into the union and be a union makeup artist for film.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has definitely been a difficult road, it still can be difficult at times. As with any other artistic career, it can be challenging to make ends meet, especially in the early years of the career, and so having a couple of other jobs is necessary. Freelancing can be unstable work, some months are busier than other months. However, a determination is key, and passion for what you do makes it all worth fighting for.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I most often do either beauty makeup, film makeup, or SFX, but I can also do editorial looks and light hairstyling. I take pride in putting all my effort into my work and making sure my clients are happy with my work. I love doing sfx/ prosthetic makeup probably the most but I really do enjoy doing beauty looks as well. I think the drive that I have to continue to better myself constantly and never wanting to stop growing and advancing, is something that kind of sets me apart from others. In my free time, I love to find ways to continue to learn new techniques or ways to be more efficient in my craft.

How do you define success?
I believe success is when you get to the point of being so happy doing what you do in life, and finding that it benefits others or makes other people happy too. It gives a purpose and meaning in life. I don’t really define success by how much money one makes, but being able to at least live a comfortable life on doing makeup alone is what I would consider success.

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Deanna Giordano, Johnny Bartelt, Aria Jackson, Sal Mendoza

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