My mom always told me I was going to be a doctor when I grew up since I was never afraid of blood or wounds. I'm not quite sure this is what she had in mind. Around the middle of 6th grade, I started to have an interest in makeup. At this point, it was regular makeup, the kind you put on to look better. I had always wondered about special fx imakeup, though. After a friend got me hooked on a tv show titled, “Face Off,” I really started to become fascinated with special fx makeup. It wasn't until this past summer that I started to experiment with it myself. I never really had a motivation to do anything before, but now I did. Every summer I go to camp and at my camp we have scary story night where all of the older kids create ideas to scare the younger campers. When we were planning what to do, someone had the idea for zombies. I offered that I could make some of the counselors look like zombies. I ended up turning about 5 people into zombies, each unique in their own way with different wounds and blood.
After I came home I from vacation, I continued to explore the possibilities of special fx makeup and what I could create. One reason that I believe I enjoy it so much is the freedom it gives to you. For as long as you have the makeup on, you’re no longer yourself. When you look in the mirror, you don’t see yourself but the thing you made. Sometimes I’ll do a look and not realize how close it is to dinner time. That means instead of Sally coming to the table you'll get a zombie,werewolf or alien creature. It’s a really weird feeling when you know you don’t look normal, but you can’t see yourself. You almost forget that you don’t look like you always do. I've been told by my parents multiple times that they can't even look at me cause of the makeup. But when your sister cringes when she looks at you, then you remember. You remember that you are wearing a mask that will be taken off and that you can't hide forever.