So this year post Covid-19 brings with it the chance to once more get out and be among my people. I love meeting and mingling with my fellow Horror Convention fans and vendors. I love to network and enjoy the chance to showcase the products from so many great creative folks. Every time I post a character I do my very best to credit all of the folks who helped me create the final look. This persons awesome teeth and that ones wicked horns. I credit the people whose contacts I wear ( when I can recall where I got them) and the people who crafters the amazing prosthetic appliances I use. Heck I even credit the people who design my outfit and take the pictures when I can. Collaboration is key right now. We all support one another and by doing so we open the doors to exposure of our work and how it has been showcased to a greater range of people. This year was special because I am hitting new conventions in new places. August was Scares that Care and Dover DE Comicon. So far I have just returned from NJ Horrorcon& filmfest in Atlantic City New Jersey. Next weekend I will be in Norfolk VA for Tidewater Horrorcon and then in Hampton for the Haunted Screams. I still have Monster Mania the final week this month and October is just as busy. Look for updates and new photos as they become available. Stay Spooky!!
With Covid still around and mandatory mask making a comeback there are still conventions to attend people to see. Halloween is just around the corner ,even if Summer missed the memo to pack up and head out. What that means is more time to cosplay and even start working with other models before I return to my Fall festivities once more at Trimper's Amusements on the boardwalk in Ocean City MD. First I have an September full of new conventions to attend. Some old and some new. Some I will just be a guest and others I am volunteering my time both in and out of costume. As my family and friends are well aware about this time of year with Theater colliding with conventions and Halloween it becomes about like Where's Waldo to spot me. However you can be sure that until they lock us in I will be haunting the east coast. Find me at the New Jersey HorrorConvention & Filmfest , Haunted Screams in VA, Tidewater HorrorCon in VA and Monster Mania. Can you spot me or my creations? Follow me on Instagram and Faceboook to see more of my work as I get time to upload them. Dover Comicon 2021 was fun. Working with Community Players of Salisbury on Para-Cles to be held at historic Furnace Town MD in just a week. And Auditions set next week for Noises Off I will be quite busy. Unitil later- Sweet Screams
While Covid-19 has certainly made Halloween 2020 much quieter than normal. I was very happy to have the chance to get out and create once again. I was asked by the kind folks at Trimper's Rides in Ocean City MD to change their staff into zombies for the final weekend of October 2020. It was a task I am used to doing but have honestly never been the sole artist when creating zombie hordes for events. Since they are normally larger groups I have always worked as part of a team for most of my prior events as well as when I worked in OC Screams years ago. Time management and preparation become key when faced with having to do several people in a short amount of time. Also simplicity. My designs are normally very detailed and this time I learned to work fast and go for basic makeup tricks that pack punch and fool the eye. In the end I was exhausted but I think the staff and management were both happy with my services and I gained more experience. Oddly these events led to me deciding last minute to not go out myself on Halloween. I did have the time to create several new character looks that I was quite happy with and I have made several new connections with people through all this down time Covid has created. While I am anxious to get back to work and have a potentially very busy 2021, I know that we are all holding our breath to see if things will go backwards before they get better. Keep Creating and People will notice.
With Conventions and large gatherings cancelling or postponing essentially until 2021 artists like myself find that they become stale or like me you use yourself ,and family if they permit it, as models. I have been watching virtual Seminars, Q& A's and demonstrations when I can. I also have been doing the weekly challenges posted on instagram and hosted by McKenzie Westmore Tatopoulos of Westmore Beauty & SyFy Face Off Host. I was fortunate to have my Dark Fey look chosen by Patrick Tatopoulos as the Overall Winner. Ve Neil gave my Mortimer the Mortician entry for the Tim Burton challenge an Honorable Mention and then I got a second Honorable mention so far from Howard Berger during the recent Chronicles of Narnia challenge when I created my own version of me as Aslan the Golden Lion. It has felt great knowing that my work holds up even under scrutiny of such big Hollywood names all while we are stuck at home during the now 6 month stretch of Stay At Home Stay Strong Stay Seperate Together. More creations coming soon as I do have a few small gigs in the works as well as a few events this fall that have not canceled yet.
With the introduction of COVID-19 the entire world came to a screeching halt and so did many events large and small starting with early March to the present time. That being said I think it is a given that my schedule has cleared with event after event either being canceled or postponed. Currently any planned event with more than 10 people outside of work and church is at the very least discouraged. Now I am lucky enough to have a day time job as an 'essential worker" meaning as such my normal routine is still going strong. The volunteering and events I would have happily gone to in days gone by have scattered to the winds. I am trying to work on a few personal projects but honestly like so many others I am cleaning, reorganizing, rearranging and reassessing. At the moment I am okay with not having anything on my calendar until August but on the other hand makeup is a very up close and personal profession which currently is one of the last to be cleared. I also am wondering if any of the summer activities I would normally do face painting for will happen. Currently it is hard to even arrange for a private photo shoot due to travel restrictions so I am teaching myself how to be the makeup artist as well as photographer. Photo editing is next up all while I am still working on my Air Brush classes and Makeup Mastery Class. New photos soon.