Since I started Art of Makeup, a school that teaches makeup application for every media including fashion, editorial, bridal, film and television, stage, airbrush and special effects, I have met all kinds of people from all backgrounds and an assortment of locations. People have emailed me from Qatar, Lebanon, England, Italy, and various other states, looking for help on their road to being a successful makeup artist. One of these future makeup artists called me from Alaska. Although born in Portland, she lived in Anchorage near her mother. I don’t think I’ve ever met a native Alaskan before, or even someone who’s half Alaskan, such as Camille Milroy.
Camille wasn’t the only one excited about her future education in makeup artistry. Because Anchorage is another booming production city in the Pacific Northwest, Camille’s local tribe called Inupiat, felt it would be a worthwhile contribution to grant her a scholarship to attend Art of Makeup, so she could start her career in Alaska’s film production community, supporting this newly thriving industry. She received her scholarship, graduated from Art of Makeup, and made her way back to Alaska to pursue her dream. However, sometimes dreams take a turn. She is spending her time now working on national ad campaigns for brands such as American Eagle, Chevy, Carhartt and more!
I’m excited to not only help my local community in its own booming media production industry by providing more skilled and educated talent, but I love that I’m reaching out to other parts of the world!