I actually started makeup school! I started the Intro to Special Effects at Ruby Makeup Academy in North Hollywood. The course is taught by Alana Rose from Season 3 & Season 5 of Face Off. She is all sorts of amazing! The course is 10 weeks. We meet Thursdays 6pm-10pm. So far we have covered 2D injury simulation, black eye, broken nose, fat lip, stages of bruising, cuts, scratches, burns, using 3rd Degree, frost bite, boils and sores. Only three weeks in and we have covered so much! Why did I finally decide to start school? I found a school that offered classes at a time that I can actually attend. Working a 9-6 job is not very school friendly. I am lucky that I am able to leave work a little early to get to class on Thursdays. So it worked out great. School was the natural next step. There is only so much I can learn on my own. Plus, I really wanted to learn the proper way of doing things. I always hear there is no right or wrong way to do things in makeup. But, I wanted to make sure I knew the health and safety aspect before I tried to even work on anyone. To cope with losing my dad, I threw myself into makeup. It kept my mind busy, it helped me cope with all the different things I was feeling. Now looking back I guess I must have felt like crying a lot since a lot of my makeups have tears of some sort. Makeup really helped me and I realized that I really like creating characters and making the crazy things in my mind come alive. My dad passing away put a lot of things into perspective for me. Difficult situations show you who the real people are in your life. Over this past year people have exited my life and I’m ok with that, really I am. It just shows they were never really my friend to begin with . I’ve distance myself from others…I don’t want negative vibes around me. Others, have really stepped up and really showed me that there are still good people in the world. To those people I will always be grateful. All the things that have happened this year is what led me to finally sign up for school and commit myself to learning everything I can to become a better makeup artist. When I was deciding if I should enroll, I asked myself what would my dad tell me right now. He would tell me to do it, if you have the opportunity then take it. I did, now lets see where this goes!