While planning creative photo projects and trying to knock out some personal 2019 resolutions, I am trying to be consistent with blog posts and share more awesome moments from my career, as well as showcase amazing crew that I am fortunate to work with. And on that note, let's kick ass in 2019! This year is going to be amazing, so excited to see what makeup and hair jobs I get to do this year! Let's book already!
Last April, I worked on a commercial with Originator Studios for Blytzpay. A really cool app to easily pay your bills online. In this commercial I got to transform the lead singer, Corey of Croy and the Boys from a hipster- esque and overwhelmed bar owner into a rockin' winning at life bar owner. You might also recognize the band members of Black Heart Saints, (who were also transformed) from a geek-like band into a rockin' sax playing heavy metal band. I cannot begin to tell you how much fun I had on this job. From creating the characters with Derek to applying the makeup and hair changes. Watching the finished product makes me giggle still, it was so much fun. Love the crew at Originator Studios, always a pleasure to be trusted on commercials! It was released in November, and I am so proud to share!
Location: Spiderhouse Ballroom
Director: Derek Gildersleeve
1st AD: Willie Rockefeller
DP: Andrew Scott Baird
Production: Kari Burke
1st AC: Jacob Berardi
Gaffer: Ben Oliver
Key Grip: Drake Howard
Sound: Richard Hamilton
DIT: Matt Pearson
Prod Design: Matt Dayton
Assist MUAH: Kate Kubala
Key MUAH: Jessi Pagel
Last summer, I had the opportunity to work on a Feature Film as the Makeup Department Head. It was a period film, based on a book called "The Iron Orchard" published in 1966. The story was set in the late 1920's to the 1950's. Having a hefty cast of men and women that spanned the 30 year time frame, I knew it was going to be an exciting challenge. We filmed during the month of June mostly in Big Spring TX, with some dates in Midland and Austin, TX.
Taking on a film set in this time period, with this amount of talent and a small crew was a life, as well as a career changing experience. I was responsible for designing looks with the Director - Ty Roberts as well as coordinating with the Hair Department Head - Ashley Rihel, Wardrobe Designer - Juliana Hoffpauir, and at times the Art Designer and Practical Effects Designer. As I type "looks" mind you, this includes beauty, spfx, dirt, creating crude oil, synthetic sweat mixed with natural sweat, making sure the talent is properly protected from sun and wind, and dealing with slight aging. Because we were filming 80% of the movie outdoors, that meant their skin has the opportunity to become more dry or oily. All of those details need to be recorded into a continuity bible, (books) with descriptions, photos, drawings and product listings. Having a second pair of hands as my Key Makeup Artist - Cassie Cole, made it a lot easier to handle, but we could have used more help, (this is a common indie film occurrence).
You may be thinking, this all sounds like a lot of work. Why would you take on this challenge in West Texas with the summer heat indexing at 118 degrees at some locations? Well, I love a challenge, and I have been collecting vintage makeup for 22 years now, including beauty advertising. I am a makeup geek and a vintage beauty lover. I was so excited to rock this movie.
Then we began to create a beautiful film. So much happened in the next 5 weeks, a book is needed to tell the stories of just awesome, fun, stressful and life-changing things that happened, but I digress. I walked away from this movie the proudest I have ever been of all of projects. I hope you enjoy the trailer. I haven't had the opportunity to watch the film yet, it has only screened at the Dallas International Film Festival earlier this year. Hopefully y'all can watch for it this winter!
I want to thank the entire cast and crew, for making this experience so rich and so memorable. Especially the late night Karaoke singing, (until we got kicked out) every weekend we were off work. I still have some blackmail videos stashed away, teehee. Check out our IMDB listing, because without them, this film would not be possible. THE IRON ORCHARD
I also want to thank my awesome makeup/skin care sponsors that helped us with our product needs:
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I have been busy planning and executing shoots with some amazing photographers, models and wardrobe stylists this year! I am so grateful for my uber talented friends and colleagues! Instead of the normal addition to my portfolios, I added an album for the newest releases of my makeup and hair work. Here is a peek at a few favorite images. To see the entire set, jump to my portfolio website. Thanks to the teams; Todd White, Rossi Saenz, Robin Huneycutt, Ainsley Joseph, Emma, Hannah, Mandi Summers and Shelley Riley! Enjoy everyone.
Even though the weather doesn't agree. Fall is nearly upon us. A photo shoot I developed finally came together into a webitorial for Influential Magazine. I'm really happy it got accepted, and very proud of the makeup and hair work I executed. Our wardrobe stylist had to back out because of work a couple of days before the shoot. I had to find someone to cover her and execute the style I wanted to portray. She kicked ass and pulled from a few local vintage stores.
We didn't end up with exactly what I envisioned. But I do love the end result. It has a great back to school, grunge feel to it. I hope you enjoy. If you would like to check out the magazine here is a link to the feature: Goodbye to Summer
Photographer: Jag Visuals
Wardrobe: Laura Hamilton
Location: St. Elmo Soundstage
Models: Alyssa & Kienna with Brown Agency
Makeup & Hair: Jessi Pagel Diaz
It's that time of year, when I remember the jobs I worked on. And the people, the moments that touched me the most. I was fortunate to meet and work with Lizzie Velasquez for a editorial spread for People Magazine this year. I was familiar with Lizzie's story but naively walked into working on such an important campaign, (and wished I was better versed with her story). She suffers from a rare congenital disease which, among other symptoms, doesn't allow her body to accumulate fat. She was inspired by bullying to become a motivational speaker. Even from posts on instagram, facebook and twitter showcasing her story and her beautiful soul, she fights daily. A fight that I have, like many others dealt with in life. But she is making such a huge impact on the world, with others in various global campaigns to fight anti-bullying. I am so lucky to have met her, worked with her, and continue to help spread her infectious love. From the bullying she encountered as a child, to late teens. Her words to these bullies is simply to love them. It's so easy to lash back at the world, at people for making you feel lesser than. Especially seen online. When people like to act differently than normal, or have other identities to do so.
Lizzie's strength was so eye-opening. While we were taking photos, strangers would come up to her crying, thanking her for helping them, their children and the for helping make our world a better place. She also has a documentary out called "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story. It was absolutely amazing. More people need to see this documentary. More people need to love each other. Myself included! I falter, I fight negative thinking every day. I know the rest of the world is as well. It's just weather people want to realize it or not.
Be sure to check out her Video Blog Page here Lizzie Velasquez.
May has been a busy month to say the least! I worked with some amazing models, tried new products and new techniques. Enjoy one of my adventures below:
I was asked by Cari Wible of Pink Parasol Design (http://pinkparasol.org) to come out and play on a Photo Workshop being held by Julie Paisley Photography (http://juliepaisleyphotography.com) at a new venue, the Sage Hill Inn. Excited to be creative for some bridal beauty, I agreed. I cannot be happier with the images that have came from that shoot. One photo with modeling by Aaryn Gries @aarynelizagries and photo by Julie Pais
And another with modeling by Caiti Pattillo @caitiward and Image by True North Photo, (http://www.truenorthphoto.wix.com
Along with the adventurous television shows, commercials, music videos and photo shoots, I also work with brides. Lately bride-to-be's have been contacting me non-stop. I'm not complaining by any means, but balancing weddings with a month-or-so long film is very difficult. I don't want to leave anyone stranded. Brides can be tricky to squeeze into any schedule. This season is filled with beautiful bride-to-be's and wedding parties, that I get to work with. A makeup artist/hair stylist really wears so many hats on every type of job. For a bride, a makeup artist can help her/him plan their special look, and just being there, (as a sounding board and confidant) for them. From keeping them calm and comfortable, to keeping the bridal party and mothers happy. But at the end of each bridal beautification, the reward is always there. Seeing the tears of joy, the support and the magic of it all is just amazing. I also get to be a personal makeup artist and/or hair stylist for my long time friends for their big days, that is more magical than words can fully describe. Fall has been filled with those memories and moments. To the right was a very special one of those moments, Jessica, a best friend of almost 20 years got married to Mark Tsai, at the Hollins House in Santa Cruz, CA. Her wedding party consisted of family and friends of hers that I hadn't seen in years. It was SUCH a special day. I even cried after I did HER makeup, I am so happy for my gorgeous friend, for everything she and Mark have accomplished and the wonderful people they are. I am a very lucky girl to have been a part of this day. Makeup by myself on bride and bridal party. Hair for bride by me, bridal party hair by Camilla Betteridge, (San Francisco, CA).
Cari Wible is a photographer that I have worked with for a couple years now, she has been mentioned in previous blogs. She asked me to be a part of her "The Great and Powerful Oz", themed and styled Wedding photoshoot. It was fun being able to help Cari in her beginning stages when she needed it. It was only common sense to bring in a hairstylist friend in on the fun! We have such awesome images coming, but we were fortunate enough to have The Austin Wedding Guide publish these three photos on a page in their fall/winter 2013 magazine. A little birdy told me The Austin Wedding Guide is going to publish more images on their blog, and there could be other wedding blog submissions, be sure to keep on the lookout! Photography by Cari Wible, shot on location at TerrAdorna in Manor, TX. Models left to right; Lola, Ana and Shelby. Makeup by me, Hair by Stephanie Marlar. I found that I also have 2 other images in the Austin Wedding Guide. Both shoots also by Cari Wible. I have posted another below, shot on location at BeeLavish Vintage Rentals, Model; Elizabeth. Gown by Juliana Azar, Makeup and Hair by me. It's so interesting how much wedding work I have had this year. Almost as if planning my own wedding, has made some cosmic connection with other brides to be. Super fun wedding fall/winter! Until next time...
Earlier this month, I assisted in creating a beautiful fantasy shoot. The shoot concept was by Abby Elaina Hall. She calls it "La Belle en La Bete", which is the 1700's French version of Beauty and the Beast. Since it was also her and her husband, (Justin) halloween costumes, the shoot was an absolute must, and with them as the models.
Abby designed and constructed both costumes, and bought an awesome mask for La Bete. The mask was a headpiece that was full wig scalp with ears, forehead ending under his eyebrows, and tip of his nose. She also had some extensions that I was able to blend into the hair on the mask and trimmed for a more beasty look. I also got to handpaint the hair like pieces on his face to blend the mask seamlessly. Abby's hair ends right at her chin, so with some more extensions and a rat, I built that gorgeous natural looking french provincial high hair. Her low, fish-tail braid I also pulled apart to make it more messy and romantic looking. Her makeup light and romantic as well, to accent her natural beauty. The awesome photos are by Ainsley Joseph Photography. We shot these photos on location at the Chateau Bellvue in Austin, TX. If anyone wants tutorials on either makeup or hair designs.
Drumroll please, here is the music video directed by Traci Goudie, Art Directed by Traci Goudie and Patrick Hubik of Rachel Arianna's; "Walking Away With Your Heart" Makeup/Hair/Wardrobe by me.
During an errand the West Village, NY
February brought NEW experiences, I got to take my first trip to New York. I got to curl some hair and sling some makeup at a Brooklyn soundstage, for a music video with Miss Rachel Arianna, "Walking Away With Your Heart". Then traveled over to Long Island to beautify Mrs. Lisa Matassa for some inserts on her television pilot. It was a COMPLETE adventure, I cannot wait to get back to visit New York. It was such a fast & busy trip, but oh so amazing! I am so grateful for that experience. I don't know what I would do without my talented friends!
March continued to bring creative surprises. Micky Hoogendijk brought me onto an Austin Monthly Fashion spread for May release. We shot at St. Elmo Soundstage with beautiful models, wonderful clothes and Micky's amazing concept!
You can see more images from the shoot by CLICKING HERE. Photo by Micky Hoogendijk, Model: Lauren James, Wig by Coco Coquette for Austin Monthly, May 2013. Grab your issue before they are gone!
Spring into Summer, to be continued.....
Below, enjoy the video by Adam Curry of the fabulous Austin Monthly shoot experience! Thank you for uploading Mr. Curry!
Jessi Pagel is a makeup and hair artist working in commercial, lifestyle, corporate, editorial, tv and live events. This blog has everything from how-to's to the adventures of her life and works in progress.