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Meet Kristin Moody

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristin Moody.

Hi Kristin, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’m originally from St. Louis, Missouri. I did the “usual” thing – went to college and got my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and worked a corporate job writing insurance policy language. It was exactly as much fun as it sounds. I was feeling unhappy and unfulfilled with my career and knew I would have to change something.

I needed to do something creative and had always loved makeup, particularly film and television makeup, so I knew that was the path I was going to follow. It didn’t feel like a viable career path in my location, so I did research into makeup schools in the big entertainment cities and decided on Cinema Makeup School here in LA. I moved out here in early 2019 and graduated at the end of that year. Obviously, everything shut down a few months later due to Covid-19, but since re-opening, I’ve been able to work in the Makeup department in over 30 productions (features, shorts, music videos) in every role from Makeup Assistant to Department Head. I love my job, and learning more about my craft and the industry in general has been amazing!

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road, but it’s been worth it. I moved out here knowing no one, so building connections and networks from the ground up has been a challenge. The pandemic also hit shortly after I graduated, and with everything shutting down, I felt like my career was being stalled before it could even begin (and that’s only a small issue compared to what other people were facing). However, since then, I have met some amazing people and mentors, some of whom have really taken me under their wing. I’ve made great friends, worked on some incredible projects, and I feel so grateful for every opportunity.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I work primarily in film, doing both beauty and special makeup effects. I strive for realism in creating characters that tell the story. I have a “less is more” approach to what I do – nothing too over-the-top (unless it fits the production style). Most of my work has been beauty-focused, but lately, I have been able to do a little more with special makeup effects – wounds and blood work, in particular. I especially love doing wounds over the passage of time. Keeping realism and continuity is a challenge but really helps sell a character and a story. I’ve been proud of everything I’ve put out since I know I put my full effort into creation and application.

How do you think about luck?
Luck has definitely played a big part in my career so far. Getting hired for various jobs definitely comes down to luck and timing, but I also work really hard at my job and in building relationships with other artists and creatives. I’ve also been incredibly lucky to work with people who are overall talented, gracious, and kind.

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