Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Artist Series with Tegan Taylor

How did you know that the makeup industry was where you wanted to be?
I started working in the theater at a very early age.  That's where I first  learned theatrical makeup.  It just came naturally to me.  It doesn't feel like work.  

What do you love about working in makeup?
I love working in an industry where i can express my creativity.  Also, I work with the most amazing people, brilliant directors and actors.  Each job is a whole new experience.  I love the challenge.

What are the challenges you have to face working as a freelance artist?
You must be self-motivated.  This is a very competitive industry, and no job is ever guaranteed.  Also, shows get canceled, and start dates get pushed.  You have to be very focused, and very driven.  You also need to be thick-skinned and not easily discouraged.

What should someone who is looking to develop a career in makeup know before getting into the business?
It's very competitive, and overly-saturated with brilliant artists.  One must really love it.  Live it and breathe it!

What inspires you?
A challenging project.  Working with brilliant directors and actors is also very inspiring.

What are the most important qualities that a makeup artist can have?
Dedication, flexibility, discipline, punctuality. 

What makes you a good artist?
I'm always open to learning new techniques.  I'm flexible, I'll do whatever it takes to keep my clients happy.

As Department Head for such films as Avatar, A Christmas Carol and the soon to be released Yellow Submarine and The Adventures of Tin Tin, Tegan Taylor has had to know more than just how to create a character. In the age of digital film and incredible character effects, Tegan has had to be a technical wizard of sorts, understanding not only makeup application, but the technology and skills needed to create digital makeup. 
Tegan Taylor will be presenting the keynote Tegan Taylor – Avatar and the Age of Digital Makeup Sunday May 16, 10:00am - 11:30am  at The Makeup Show.  For tickets please visit

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