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:
Make Up For Ever
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.
Neon Trees on Stageside Live for CBS.
I haven't blogged in quite awhile, and I have no idea where to start. My most recent gig that I am so proud to have been a part of, was for a new show on CBS called Stageside Live. It was a filming of a Live performance of Neon Trees. I was fortunate enough to be makeup/hair for this concert event. I brought along with me Makeup Artist, Allie Towell to help me with the night's adventures. Below is the link to the entire concert, which aired on CBS. I was so excited to be there, and so thankful. There were even a few tears shed that night. It was so much fun!
Pee-Wee Herman's bike from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
Earlier in the fall, I went out to Los Angeles to work on a tv show, (airing next year on the Travel Channel) called "Feed The Beast", with Mikey Roe as it's host. Not only was that show so enjoyable to work on, the cast/crew were so great to be around. I cannot wait to see it air in February 2013!
During my trip to LA, I got to finally go to The Max Factor Beauty Museum! The museum was bought awhile ago by the Hollywood History Museum, but it's still an amazing way to take a few peeks into the Max Factor inventions, beauty rooms, tools, photographs and other gorgeous antiquities. I cried a bit in that museum as well. I was in the right place at the right time. The feeling of those rooms are indescribable - where Lucille Ball, Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe, Clara Bow and so many other starlets first got their makeovers and hairstyles they made so famous! It is truly a hidden gem of a museum. The Hollywood History Museum has alot of film and television memorabilia. Really some blasts from the past!
April 20th of 2012 in Austin, TX at the Moody Theatre - ACL Live was the date and The Johnny Cash Benefit Concert was a magical night to be a part of. I am still in awe of all the amazing talent in one place honoring The Man in Black, Mr. Johnny Cash.
Working with me that night were some awesome makeup artists and hair stylists. Helping me with makeup was Jenny Bailey, along with Bobbie Kleman and Angelia Sheets doin' up some hair. It's going to be exciting to finally watch the show, (without being backstatge). Don't get me wrong, the excitement of a living and breathing animal, (live event show makeup & hair work) is intoxicating. And it was an amazing night. It was also a treat that writer/director for the upcoming movie "Zombex", Jesse Dayton was there as well with his lovely wife, (my friend, actress in Zombex, a.k.a. Misstressclegg VonSinister & Emily Kaye). Jesse sang with the evenings host, Mr. Matthew McConaughey.
This weekend is the beginning of the four air dates on your local PBS station. For Austin, TX be sure to tune into KRLU at the dates and times below. You won't be sorry.
Another amazing addition to this year has been working, (as an additional mua/h for green screen interviews for shippers Jennifer and Ronnie) on A&E's Shipping Wars. Last night was the Season 2 Premiere. UShip had their party at The Alamo Drafthouse -The Ritz in Austin, TX. I got a delightfully surprising call from Jennifer to get her glamified for the party! It was so fun to be able to do her makeup outside of greenscreen! We definately had fun with a smokey look, and she was off with her beau, Brandon to paint the town.
Below are a couple candids from the night. Hopefully more will come soon!
The year has really brought some amazing opportunities and it's barely August! One of these times was with NIKE. They have been all over the U.S. filming cultural spots and a few months back, I was fortunate enough with them in Dallas, TX. We filmed the meeting of Felix Jones and Ace Hood at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. It was a real treat to be hired on for the Grooming of these very talented men. Enjoy the video link below to see the fun!
Check out this video on YouTube
Finally, a commercial spot I worked as Makeup and Hair on, is on the air! If you can catch it, there is also an interesting looking character with a neck tattoo I applied. (Tattoo provided by Hawgfly Productions). It was a fun day filming at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock, TX. If you want to take a peek. The link is below. Enjoy!
As makeup/hair artist, I worked on a Cedar Park, TX episode of "The Dead Files" filmed in March of 2012. The air date has finally come! It will be on The Travel Channel this Friday, June 8th at 10pm|9pmC. The network has uploaded a few images from the show, (as seen below). As well as a link to more photos from the web link below. It was such a great crew and talent to work with. Amy Allan truly is a talented medium. I cannot wait to see the full details of the reveal. The show is such a secret, even I wasn't there for some filming. Be sure to tune in!
Travel Channel Photos link:
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.