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Meet Matthew Mungle of MJ Creations

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthew Mungle.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born in Durant, Oklahoma in 1956 and grew up in Atoka, Oklahoma. I was fascinated by Horror and Monster movies as I was growing up on a farm. I decided I wanted to be a Make-up Artist when I was 11 years after seeing films like “The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao” and the original “Planet of the Apes”.

After graduating from high school in 1975, I attended O.S.U. for 2 1/2 years and majored in Theatre. I moved to Hollywood in 1977 and attended The Joe Blasco Make-up Center where I quickly realized that this was definitely my calling and absorbed every bit of information I could. After graduation, Joe Blasco put me to work teaching, which reinforced everything I learned in class. I was referred to various jobs and my professional career took off. After working on several non-union projects my first union job was “Edward Scissorhands” which is still one of my favorite projects of my career.

Has it been a smooth road?
Looking back, I would say I’ve had ups and downs in my career but overall it was exactly what I wanted it to be. Because I truly love the art of make-up, it was a dream come true and most every minute was excellent. Of course, I had learning curves but this profession is what I wanted to achieve and I rolled with the punches…

So, as you know, we’re impressed with MJ Creations – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
My business was Special Make-up Effects & Prosthetics. I started my business in my home garage in 1980 and each time I would move to a new house, I would set up a lab in my garage until 1992 when I rented a space and set up a working business with employees. Business was slow for the first few months but quickly took off. I won an Academy Award for Make-up for “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and an Emmy for “Citizen Cohn” in 1993 which really helped solidify my standing in the industry. We bought a building in 1995 in North Hollywood after outgrowing the rentals we were in. Business boomed and I would take on 5 to 6 projects at a time, hiring artist to help with all of the work. I specialized in Character and Old Age Make-ups which would make us stand out as a company and we were the “go to” company for years.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I basically spent the majority of my life in North Hollywood, Hollywood and L.A. seeing things change around me and loving the L.A. entertainment industry. After all, this is what I wanted to do all my life… After 40 years, I saw the business and L.A. changing and decided it was time to retire so I chose Austin, Texas to move to.

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