In-Focus Student Award

Thursday, Dec 15, 2016

Our In-Focus Student Awards goes to Bec Thomason.

In-Focus Student Award Interview with Bec
Why do you want to be a Professional Makeup artist?
I’ve always wanted to do something in a creative field and I’ve tried a few different things but Makeup and special FX is just something that, for me, really grabs my attention. It’s the ability to be able to create a world that is ‘real’ in the viewer’s eyes; I can remember one Christmas when I was younger at my aunties house and she put on the first Lord of the Rings movie (it was still on VHS) and just the whole world pulled me in, I spent years after watching the movies and special features.

What is your ultimate Goal/Job?
To work for a studio like Weta Workshop, In Wellington, New Zealand. Weta was really what started my love for special fx, with the Lord of the Rings movies.

What/who inspires you?
I try not to get too much inspiration from other people’s work. Rather other sources, such as a colour, a texture, animals, nature, history or whatever it maybe to create something new. I normally collate a bunch of images and use them as a reference and build an idea off that.

I think Teachers and friends can also inspire you and challenge you to push yourself further as an artist, I have many teachers at Media Makeup to thank for pushing me and moulding me into who I am now compared to who I was at the start of this year, as well as my fellow students

What is your favourite Product in your makeup kit?
In my conventional makeup kit I really love Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Petina for a great everyday shade or in Beso for a pop of colour. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation is also great, as it looks great for photography. For my special FX kit, I love the alcohol activate, “Skin Illustrator”, pallets which are great and very versatile. 

Who is your favourite Makeup artist and why?
Dick Smith. For his pioneering the development of prosthetic makeup, turning a prosthetic face mask which was normally made back then in one piece into multiple pieces, this allowed actors to have a greater range of facial expressions

What has been your greatest achievement so far?
Have to say so far getting this Diploma is a pretty good achievement for me, as I had studied a few different things before, Fashion design, History, Game Design, But for me, this has been the first real thing I have been the most passionate for and that I could see myself doing for the rest of my life.

Where will you be in the next 10 years?
Ideally, I would love to be working or involved in films/tv in some way, maybe involved in a studio, I’m not set on staying in Australia, so really its wherever the journey takes me.

One word to describe you.
Adaptable?

Tell us three facts about you that we may not know.

  •  I didn’t learn to drive till I was almost 20, was too scared before.
  • I played with dinosaurs when I was younger, my favourite was the triceratops.
  •  When I was younger I wanted to be a Vet or a Palaeontologist.