I’ve always been fascinated by transformation. I had no idea that hours of playing dress-up, giving my Barbies haircuts, and painting my brother’s face with stolen lipstick would someday turn into a career, but here I am. I consider myself a visual storyteller. I tell most of my stories through characters. When you style someone's hair and makeup, their energy changes - they stands in a whole new way, as if their spirit was inspired by something new. When you transform an actor, they become the character they are portraying, bringing the whole narrative to life. It is this process that gets me excited.
While earning my degree at New York University, I had the opportunity to study Art History and Film in Paris, Costume Design in Prague, and Fashion Illustration at both Parsons the New School for Design and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
After several years working as a makeup artist in New York City, I moved back to my hometown of Chicago to get my Cosmetology License at Pivot Point Academy where I specialized in facial hair grooming and mixed-textured hair styling. I was trained in makeup artistry by top-selling brands MAC Cosmetics and Bare Minerals and received expert training in special effects makeup at NYU.
I am currently Chicago-based where I am a member of the IATSE Motion Picture Studio Mechanics Union, Local #476. As a member of the Local #476 Women's Committee, I created the Local's first member-led training program for Sexual Harassment Awareness and Social Accountability On Set.
In 2016 I developed the curriculum for Cinema Makeup in the School of Cinema + Television Arts at Columbia College Chicago. I feel so grateful for the opportunity to educate and guide the next generation of makeup artists and filmmakers! This program became the inspiration for my book, Makeup Artistry for Film and Television: Your Tools for Success On-Set and Behind-the-Scenes which was released in December 2020.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have some amazing experience and learn from so many talented artists, constantly working on my craft. If you look around the site, you’ll find pictures and video of some of this work and hopefully learn a little bit more about me.
Hope you enjoy!
Hope you enjoy!