Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany White.
Brittany , please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I got started at a young age doing makeup for local theaters in upstate new york (Syracuse). Realized I love painting faces and wanted to pursue this. I had a hard time finding a school for something like this so eventually I listened to my parents and started applying to schools for a more traditional career path. I was enrolled to the university of Albany, and two months before it started my mother found a special effects school in Monessen, Pennsylvania. Tom Savini’s special FX school, we drove up the next day and the rest was history.
I graduated 2009 and was on my way to Los Angeles, which was a very different place in my mind. Lived in Koreatown as most new to LA’ers do because it is affordable and conveniently located.
I was taking Makeup gigs when I got them but for the most part I started off doing a lot of art Dept. for the first year in LA. Summer of 2010 I did a free gig for a start up company Maker Studios, where my friend and I built some props and did some makeup for free for this online video company.
August 2010 they called us both in for an interview and offered us a job working for them doing art dept and we accepted.
Maker Studios is where I worked for the next six years and I got to see the company grow and evolve which was quite an experience on its own.
In 2012 I started the heading up the Makeup Department. for the studio and handled all the responsibilities that come with heading a department as well as doing makeup for the productions that we handled in studio.
I learned so much during this time and this is where I really honed my skill for beauty makeup and experimental stuff. I have turned many a maker man into a woman and beards on ladies. Maker is a strange and amazing place 🙂
I started working side gigs in my free time from maker around 2014 and learned a lot about the freelance world of makeup and makeup effects.
may 2016 I left Maker Studios to pursue my passion of doing makeup for feature films.
I am now freelance and have worked a few features since I left. I Love what I do and I wouldn’t change a thing. This career certainly challenges you in so many ways that I never imagined it would.
Has it been a smooth road?
Certainly not smooth- Makeup is a career that is built on overcoming struggles and creating a tough skin for yourself.
Regularly on a job I am left to problem solve, not take things personally and work through stress. You have to do serious regular introspective maintenance on yourself. You need to love what you do because it is a hard career, the hours are long, the equipment is heavy and there is a lot of it. It is expensive and you work hard to get to the stage where you are appropriately compensated for your time.
What were you like growing up?
I was pretty quiet when I was younger, I enjoyed day dreaming and doodling. I used to go with my mom when she performed in local theatre productions and would watch backstage at everyone getting ready. That’s when I first started dipping into makeup
What is your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is when my older brother and I made homemade videos, and one that stands out is when we did a short about a girls life (me) but my name was Ashley in the video. We got into lots of trouble and there was a part when I had to shove a banana cream pie into the face of a local neighborhood girl
What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to work on feature films, get into the makeup union so that I can work on the big movies and hopefully one day be part of team that wins an Oscar for some really outstanding character design makeup
- Standard day rate for an artist is $500
- Special Effects are really expensive
- Blood is expensive
- Website: Brittanywhitemakeup.com
- Instagram: Brutalbee