by Jillian Felker – Entertainment Editor
SFX makeup artist: Special effects makeup artists practice the art of imagery, film, imagination, and basic makeup skills all in one profession. Using prosthetics, latex, paints, and unmeasurable amounts of fake blood all are greatly included in the special effect makeup process, and can be seen in majority of films and tv shows at one point or another.
A famous SFX makeup artist includes Tom Savini, who is not only an actor, director, and a past combat cameraman, Savini just so happens to be admired among large groups of fans for his groundbreaking work during the “splatter-movie” boom of the 1980s, which includes the films “Dawn of the Dead” and “Friday the 13th”.
Though the profession may be one that is less practical, it is an artform at its core and is one that is constantly evolving, a profession that will leave its artists constantly on the tips of their toes. Shows such as “The Walking Dead” have changed the art of creatures, realism, and the ideas of how to continue being this artist when many projects are now using computers. The SFX artist, Greg Nicotero, for “The Walking Dead” said “We have always kept it practical, because we feel that its more realistic, not to take away from the great visual effects team that we have, because they do a fantastic job on the show as well. “The Walking Dead” celebrates the practical aspect of makeup effects and has put it in the forefront of today’s pop culture.”
As far as pursuing a career in the art goes, many schools for Esthetics and general Cosmetology include SFX programs, and there are specific schools for only SFX such as CMU College of Makeup Art and Design located in Toronto, Ontario, and local makeup schools that teach such programs include Evergreen Makeup Program and Tacoma Beauty Academy, which teach the basics and beyond of makeup.
Professional Sleeper: Sleeping is included as a daily part of almost every person’s schedule, but what if you could make it a profession? That’s exactly what professional sleepers do, although it can be much more complicated than just sleeping all day long.
Specific jobs for professional sleepers may include doing things such as sleeping while hooked up to monitors or having other such medical equipment around/in the person sleeping to help study things such as heart rate or brain activity while asleep. Sleeping for scientific research is a very common form of work for a professional sleeper.
Other tasks may include staying at hotels or specific resting points to test the room/setting, while filling out forms and such as far as the experience went. As well as testing products such as mattresses, duvets, and beds for specific companies.
Depending upon the position, most often there is little to no educational requirements past a high school diploma or college degree, which makes the job of a professional sleeper much easier to obtain than other positions, but can prove to be difficult depending upon the field and work. Although it holds very little potential for future advancements in the work-field.