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Meet Michelle Chung

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Chung.

Michelle, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve been creating art since I was little, I drew and doodled all the time. I went to an Arts high school, and I studied art in college. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, but I knew it had to be something creative. When I graduated college, I was kind of lost, I didn’t know what my career was going to be. A friend suggested looking at makeup schools, and I decided to attend MUD (Make-Up Designory). I finished makeup school and instantly started working on short films, independent films, commercials, anywhere that would hire me. And that was the start of my career.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a makeup artist. I create characters for film and tv. I love collaborating, and being part of a bigger whole. I love to read scripts and break down characters; who they are, why they look a certain way, why they would wear a certain makeup. I work with actors to make them into the character. I love transforming someone into a character and then watching them become that person. I love telling a story and being a part of a bigger project, working with other departments, to create a whole vision. Every project is different, and that’s what so exciting, to tell so many different stories within the scope of my job.

I’ve also started getting into photo shoots, and working with a photographer, stylist, hair stylist, is a great collaboration of minds. Everyone works together to come up with a final product. It’s a great feeling when everyone is on the same page, and a look comes together because everyone was in sync. I just love creating a mood, or a feeling, or a look with a group of creative people.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
There are a lot of challenges being a makeup artist today. The oversaturation of artists and the amount of artists who will work for exposure are huge challenges. Social media has been both a great and terrible thing for makeup artists. It’s an easy way for people to see your work, and to have an easily accessible portfolio, but it also created a need for new content constantly, and people are more than willing to work for pictures, or for exposure, and lowering the rate of an artist. I’m lucky to be in a union for film and tv, where I’m protected to a certain extent. But for artists who aren’t protected by a union, it can be hard to be a full time working artist.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I work on film and tv, so just by watching tv and films they’re supporting my livelihood. I also am on Instagram: @ michellechung13 and @michellechungmakeup

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 310562766
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  • Instagram: @michellechung13 @michellechungmakeup
















































































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