Blanche Macdonald

Makeup: Graduate Highlights

Television and Film

Amanda Gangoso

Makeup Artistry Graduate
Early Morning Makeup Artist for Citytv's Breakfast Television

Top Makeup School Graduate Amanda Gangoso

Every student at Blanche Macdonald learns that for makeup artists working in the television or movie business, early call times are a harsh reality of the job. For Amanda Gangoso, makeup artist for Citytv's Breakfast Television, those call times are taken to extremes.

“I have it down to a precise schedule,” she laughs. “I shower the night before and get my breakfast ready and packed. I wake up at 4.15, splash some water on my face, get my things together, call a cab and I’m at the studio before 5am.

“I’ll sleep in on days I’m not working at Citytv. But even then, waking up for a 6.00am start is normal. I’ll think, ‘Awesome, I get to sleep in until 5.30!’”

Early starts lead to early finishes. But Amanda rarely climbs back into bed when Breakfast Television wraps for the day. She fills the rest of her time bringing her makeup skills to commercials, films, web projects and bridal clients. That’s the life of a successful freelance makeup artist. Every week is different. Even the ones that start before dawn.

“I’ll arrive at the studio at 4.50 and have to get five people TV-ready in an hour,” she explains. “On a slow day we’ll only have a couple of guests, but sometimes we’ll do a fashion show and there could be four models, plus a bunch of guests. It’s about making people TV ready. You don’t have to spend an hour on their makeup. Speed is something you learn; what’s necessary and what isn’t for any particular moment.

“I’ve had the privilege of meeting some really interesting people. People don’t tend to be super-peppy first thing in the morning, but you can usually have a nice conversation. Paul Brandt, the country singer, was just here. He was lovely. Jay Baruchel was very energetic and a lot of fun. Kat Von Dee came in – but she was 100% powdered and ready. She does have her own makeup line. That might have had something to do with it.”

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April Boyes

Gemini Award Winner
Leo Award Winner

Makeup Artist Graduate April Boyes

Never underestimate the power of a stiff drink.

Not that Blanche Macdonald would ever condone excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, you understand. But for makeup graduate April Boyes it was a night of partying that began a journey that’s taken her to the corners of the galaxy with Stargate and Caprica, and brought her back to Vancouver to pick up a Leo Award for Best Makeup in a Feature Length Drama.

“Back in 2000 I was 20, studying criminology and working in a coffee shop with a girl who was going to Blanche Macdonald,” explains the native Vancouverite. “I was planning on a career working with criminals. Then we went out for Bellini Tuesday. By midnight I was yelling, ‘I’m going to makeup school!’ I called first thing the next day, and there were two spaces on the program left. I was there at 3pm with my deposit.”

Deciding to commit to Makeup school was anything but blurred logic. That night of fun made April realise that the opportunity to pursue a passion was too good to pass up.

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Ashley Forshaw

Makeup Artistry Graduate and Makeup Faculty Member
Freelance Makeup Artist

Top Makeup School Grad Instructor Ashley Forshaw

You can do anything with a Makeup Diploma from the Blanche Macdonald Centre. That’s what we’ve always believed. Turns out we were underselling ourselves. Ashley Forshaw is proving that you can more than anything. You can do everything.

Since graduating from Canada’s top makeup school in 2003, Ashley has demonstrated how exciting and varied a creative life can be. She’s an on-set movie and TV makeup artist, having worked on John Tucker Must Die and the forthcoming Donovan’s Echo. She is a regular contributor to the ghouls and gore in Theta Effect special effects lab. She’s a stage makeup artist, having keyed the summer’s prestigious Bard On The Beach season in Vancouver. She’s one of Canada’s leading body-painting artists, with clients including Mercedes-Benz. And on top of all that, she’s returned to the school that launched her career as one of Blanche Macdonald’s industry-leading makeup instructors. 

I’m interested in all aspects of makeup,” she explains. “I didn’t know if I wanted to do fashion or film when I was at makeup school so I tried to enhance my skills in all areas. If I feel confident applying something with a brush for beauty, I feel that I should be confident applying it for effects too. The skills should balance each other. And by opening yourself up to more aspects of makeup you’ll continue to challenge yourself, and have a better respect for other artists’ skills.”

If there’s a philosophy behind Ashley’s success, it’s a continual dedication to grow as an artist.

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Candice Stafford-Bridge

Makeup Artistry Graduate
Makeup Artist and Chairperson of IATSE

Top Makeup School Graduate Candice Stafford-Bridge

Candice Stafford-Bridge likes to keep busy. She’s one of Western Canada’s best and most prolific Movie and TV Makeup Artists, rising to the position of Head of Department and Makeup Designer for multiple high profile productions. And if that wasn’t enough, somehow she also finds the time to act as Chairperson of the Makeup Department of the IATSE Local 891 Union in British Columbia and the Yukon. 

It’s plenty of work, but Candice relishes the responsibility. In fact, she’s loved every step of her journey through the industry from the moment she graduated from Canada’s #1 Makeup School almost a decade and a half ago. 

“I love being around creative and crazy like-minded people,” smiles the Vancouver native. “And it’s fun! There’s a reason they call this business the circus, because it’s crazy. I’m crazy, so I like that. I’m not a 9-to-5 girl. Long hours in strange places, filming in the middle of the woods, suit me. The creativity is there in every aspect of every job. I thrive in the pressure and love making it happen now! There’s so much work that goes into every shot. And it’s a joy to be part of that process.”

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Celine Godeau

Makeup Artistry Graduate
Gemini Award Winner

BMC Makeup Artistry Graduate Celine Godeau

Céline Godeau has won a Gemini Award for Best Achievement in Makeup for her work on Island of Shadows: D’Arcy Island Leper Colony 1891-1924. Since garnering the award, she has gone on to work on the television series Tin Man, Stargate: Atlantis, Special Unit 2, the MOW Saint Sinner, and the Canadian feature Tilt. She is amassing an impressive list of film credits with such blockbusters as Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Watchmen, Snakes on a Plane, X-Men: The Last Stand, Slither, Underworld: Evolution with Kate Bekinsale and Scott Speedman, Fantastic Four, Elektra (starring Jennifer Garner) and White Chicks.

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Colleen Conroy

Makeup Artistry Graduate
THEY Representation Inc., Vancouver Canada

Top Makeup School Graduate Colleen Conroy

At the age of sixteen Colleen Conroy started her career in the cosmetic industry working professionally at a retail capacity. Two years later, Colleen decided to pursue her love of makeup and study Professional Makeup Artistry at Blanche Macdonald. Over the past few years Colleen has developed a diverse career working as an artist for MAC Cosmetics, becoming an IATSE member and ACFC permit holder, which presented her with opportunities to work on such productions as Battlestar Galactica, Reaper and Disney’s Snowbuddies. When Colleen is not busy freelancing on photo shoots, she fills her time working at the counter, doing bridal and graduation parties, and from time to time working on set. Colleen’s undying passion for exciting new make up trends to create for her clients has been fueled by her travels to London, Paris and Toronto.

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Cori Ohirko

Makeup Artistry Graduate and Makeup Faculty Member
International Makeup artist with over 100 TV Commercial Credits

BMC Makeup Artistry Graduate Cori Ohirko

Cori Ohirko is a makeup graduate and faculty member, has established an international career as a top makeup artist. Her TV commercial credits exceed over 100 and include clients as diverse as AT&T, CIBC, Bayer, Hershey’s, JC Penny, Mercedes Benz, Micorsoft and McDonalds to name a few. During the 2005-2006 national political campaign, Cori attended to then Prime Minister Paul Martin. Cori has also worked on the faces of Nelly Furtado, Elvis Costello and Charles Barkely.

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Danielle Aslin

Makeup Artistry Graduate
Freelance Makeup Artist for Film and TV

Top Makeup School Graduate Danielle Aslin

Danielle Aslin is used to hard work. We’re meeting the TV and film makeup artist at 10am on a rainy Vancouver Saturday and she’s been up all night, working in Britannia Bay, north of North Vancouver, on the set of The CW series The Secret Circle. Naturally, she’s a little tired. And that’s absolutely fine.

“The day before I started the TV and film class at Blanche Macdonald I found a Craigslist ad asking for help on a movie set,” she recalls. “I thought, it’s on a weekend, so I can do that. The key makeup artist on set turned out to be Pearl Louie, who’s really high up in the union. She was doing this little stunt film called Chemical Evil and a documentary on it at the same time. 

“That day I stood outside in the pouring rain for 17 hours, and when I left I remember thinking, ‘This is awesome! This is what I’m going to do!’”

You’ll see the name Danielle Fowler in the IMDB credits of Chemical Evil, and TV shows like Hellcats and Nickelodeon series The Troop. She’s making the transition to Aslin, her married name, but her dedication to her craft, and the pleasure she gets from the work, hasn’t changed at all.

“Being on that first set was incredible. All the things I got to see and do. I didn’t realise what film was really like. Filming never happened where I grew up in Alberta. I didn’t know this career even existed. This could be my job? I was blown away! I still feel like I would do this for free.”

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Doug Morrow

Makeup Artistry Graduate
Freelance Makeup Artist for Film and TV

Blanche Macdonald Graduate Doug Morrow

Doug moved back home to Winnipeg after graduating from Blanche Macdonald, and his career has never looked back. He’s currently head of the Winnipeg branch of the IATSE union and he’s the first person movie producers call when they’re filming in town. Doug’s resume is long and impressive, ranging from Adam Sandler’s swollen eye in Happy Gilmore to murder victims in Capote to the subtle aging of the actor portraying Don Cherry in the forthcoming mini-series chronicling the life of the Canadian hockey legend.

“The number one tip I can pass on to young makeup artists is practice,” he explains. “I liken what I do to what a ballet dancer does. She practices every single day to be the best that she can, because it’s so competitive and so many people want to do it. You have to keep up with all the new knowledge and all the new techniques. And the only person that can do that is you.”

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Gabriela Benito

Makeup Artistry Graduate
Silver Ariel Award Winner for Best Makeup Artist - Mexico

BMC Makeup Artistry Graduate Gabriela Benito Mexico Silver Ariel Award Maquillage

Gabriela Benito’s career as a makeup artist for film and television in Mexico has been prolific. Since graduating from Blanche Macdonald Centre, Benito has accumulated a star-studded list of clientele including Ricky Martin, Thalia, Boys Zone, All Saints, David Usher and Alejandro Fernandez (who happens to be the most memorable celebrity she’s worked with so far, alongside Keifer Sutherland and Ron Livingstone).

In 2008, her talent was recognized by the Mexican Academy of Film where she won the coveted Silver Ariel Award for Makeup Artistry for her work on the movie Kilómetro 31.

In addition to working behind-the-scenes of feature films, Benito has also branched to television commercials for major products and labels such as Bacardi, Coca Cola, Gatorade, Nissan and McDonald’s.

“Every project is very different so it’s always exciting,” she says. “The best part is that you don’t really know what sort of character you are going to create next.”

Benito says her experience at Blanche Macdonald Centre was “a playground where I was able to practice my art on a daily basis and have experienced instructors demonstrate new techniques to improve my skills. Being in school was great because it made it easier for me to do my job in terms of speed and effectiveness. I learned a lot about products and their function for different media. It was a great introduction into the special effects world.”

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Holland Miller

Makeup Artistry Graduate
Makeup Effects Artist and Instructor

BMC Makeup Graduate Holland Miller Faculty Member

“When I was 16 I snuck into the theatre and saw Aliens. At that moment I knew I wanted to make monsters.”

Holland Miller knows all about monsters. The young man from Sacramento now inspires the next generation of Makeup Effects magicians. You’ve seen his work on Fringe, Supernatural, Once Upon A Time, The Cabin in the Woods, Elysium, Sucker Punch, Underworld Awakening, A Haunting In Connecticut, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Underworld: Evolution, The Chronicles of Riddick, Twilight: New Moon, The X-Files, and Stargate. And when he’s not on set, Holland teaches at Canada’s #1 Makeup School. Which just happens to be where his own makeup journey began.

“After Aliens I bought a whole lot of Fangoria magazines and all the science fiction and horror fanzines I could get my hands on. I went to community college when I was 17 and did a couple of art courses. We had to do a commercial illustration for a funeral home and I drew a coffin with a corpse coming out of it. I thought it was funny as hell. My instructors rejected it without even looking at it.”

With an artistic career looking unlikely, Holland enlisted in the US Navy. On duty in the Persian Gulf during the First Gulf War, the opportunity to reignite his creative tinderbox arrived unexpectedly.

“We’d run emergency simulation operations. Part of that was first aid. One time they were looking for someone to simulate wounds. I said I was really into horror movies and that I’d played around with rubber before. I had cotton, latex, rubber and little bits of plastic. I did a broken femur and tibia from what I remembered from Fangoria. People were blown away with how graphic it looked. Seeing how shocked people were with how gross and realistic they thought it was, I knew I could do this.”

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Jennifer Folk

Makeup Artistry Graduate and Makeup Faculty Member
Hollywood North, Makeup TV & Film and Special Effects Star, Senior IATSE Member


Jennifer Folk’s students instantly realize that they’re learning from one of the very best. As one of Vancouver’s most respected on-screen makeup artists, Jennifer’s remarkable résumé includes movies like The Chronicles of Riddick, X-Men 3, Slither, Mr Magoo, White Chicks, The Santa Clause 2 and TV series The L-Word, Tru Calling, The 4400 and Painkiller Jane. 

But inspiration is a two-way street. And Jennifer insists that her biggest makeup thrill is the work she sees on a regular basis as an Instructor and Associate Program Director at the school were she once studied; Blanche Macdonald.

“I’m blown away by the work that comes out of the artists here,” she beams. “I love those moments when you can hear a pin drop because everyone is so focused on their work. I love to see students’ work go beyond their own expectations. There’s been a new level in creativity over the past year. A few of my students graduated and went straight onto set. That’s amazing!”

If Jennifer is able to help students exceed their professional expectations, it’s because she’s been exceeding her own since she was a young lady growing up in North Vancouver, when friends coming over after school would inevitably be on the receiving end of a makeover.

“I loved the colours and different textures,” she recalls. “My grandmothers saw it was a passion of mine and nurtured it. They’d buy me big makeup trays from Sears and I would tan, blush and bronze my friends. Everything could always be washed off and it kept me out of mischief, so my family was happy!”

Once the teenage Jennifer had read an article in Elle about the makeup artistry behind the fashion industry, she knew her passion could turn into a career.

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Makeup Artistry Graduate
Freelance Makeup Artist, Toronto

Top Makeup School Graduate Jessica Steblyk

One major benefit of being a professional makeup artist is that you get to work in exciting environments with beautiful people and fascinating celebrities. But no one ever said that this career was easy. For Jessica Steblyk, the makeup artist for The Morning Show for Global TV in Toronto, it helps that she doesn’t have an aversion to early starts.

“My alarm is set for 3.20am,” she smiles. “Call time is 4am. But it’s stress free at Global. I have two hours to get everyone ready, which is luxury.”

Late nights are out of the question for Jessica and the rest of The Morning Show team, but there are plenty of positives that come with this position.

“It’s cool,” she explains. “I didn’t sign on expecting to do Regis Philbin and William Shatner’s makeup. I had no idea that was the level of guest they were pulling in. Regis was very friendly and professional. I had about three minutes with him. I threw his makeup on and he was on air. He looked amazing.”

Global TV is just one of many elements in the professional life of this freelance makeup artist. She’s regularly working on TV commercials, a variety of television shows, weddings and print ads in her adopted hometown of Toronto. It’s the culmination of a dream that began in drama class in small-town Alberta. 

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JoAnn Fowler

Makeup Artistry Graduate
Founder, Sappho Cosmetics

Top Makeup School Graduate JoAnn Fowler

JoAnn Fowler was a late starter in the Makeup Industry. She’s been making up for lost time ever since.

“When I was 16 I asked my mother if I could take a makeup course,” she recalls with a smile. “She did not approve of makeup at all, so I didn’t take it. I became a childcare counsellor and worked with kids for almost 10 years. Then when I was 30 I signed up at Blanche Macdonald.”

JoAnn has proved her mother, and any other doubters, wrong. After graduating from Canada's #1 Makeup School, JoAnn became one of the country's best TV and movie Makeup Artists, bringing her incredible talents to television shows including The Commish, The Crow and The L Word, and movies like The Twilight Saga, X-Men 2, Air Bud, and Final Destination 3 and 5. JoAnn garnered an Emmy nomination for Best Makeup in 2004 for Reefer Madness and two CNoMA nominations for Best Makeup for The L Word that same year. These incredible experiences led JoAnn to her greatest triumph so far; developing and launching her nationally distributed, eco-conscious, organic makeup line, Sappho Organic Cosmetics.

It’s a remarkable success story, fuelled by a passion for makeup that even her mother’s disapproval couldn’t contain.

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Jonathan Seti

Makeup Artistry Graduate
Head of Hair and Makeup for the Las Vegas production studio DreamVision

BMC Makeup Artistry Graduate Jonathan Seti Las Vegas

Since graduating Blanche Macdonald's Makeup Program in 2006, Jonathan Seti, Head of Hair and Makeup for the Las Vegas production studio DreamVision, has become one of the busiest and most highly respected makeup artists in the city. He had the incredible honour of getting Barack Obama, plus Senators John Edwards and Hilary Clinton, camera ready for the historic 2008 Democratic Party National Debate. Jonathan was the key makeup artist for the MTV Music Video Awards and the Latin Grammys and was chosen by CNN to work at the NBA All-Star weekend, where he prepared Wolf Blitzer, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley for the cameras.

He's worked with comedienne Ellen Degeneres, for her variety show Ellen¹s Really Big Show and was recently named as Barry Manilow’s personal Makeup Artist for the singer’s Vegas residency.

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Kara Alaric

Makeup and Hair Artistry Graduate
Hollywood North's Hair and Makeup Film Crew Star and Instructor

Blanche Macdonald Makeup and Hair graduate Kara Alaric knows exactly when she fell in love with the movies. To her, they’re more than entertainment. They’re a connection to great times.

“Every Friday night growing up in Whitehorse my family would go to the video store and rent the VHS tapes we’d watch that weekend,” she recalls. “But I never thought I would make movies. My family called me a while ago to say that they found the DVD of Lonesome Dove Church, the first big movie I worked on, in Walmart. Seeing my name in the credits was so exciting for them. And it wasn’t even in the $6.99 bin!”

Kara doesn’t rent movies any more. She helps create them, starring on the hair and makeup teams on TV and film crews in her adopted hometown of Vancouver. In addition to her work as Key Hair Stylist on Lonesome Dove Church (featuring the great Tom Berenger), Kara has been in the thick of the behind-the-scenes action on series like When Calls The Heart, CBC’s Full Flood and the Garage Sale Mystery series of TV movies starring Full House’s Lori Loughlin. 

“There’s a huge sense of accomplishment when you work in film,” she explains. “It’s a big group effort and it’s an incredible feeling when the crew is on the same page and everyone works together. My priority is to get my job done efficiently. But I’m also a fan of having fun. Once you establish camaraderie with a crew it’s really rewarding.”

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Kari Zantolas

Makeup Artistry Graduate and Makeup Faculty Member
Hollywood North, Makeup TV & Film and Special Effects Star


For aspiring Makeup Artists enchanted by Fantasy and Science Fiction Makeup Effects, Kari Zantolas transforms classrooms into prosthetics-filled candy stores. Students at Canada’s top Makeup School immediately understand that they’re learning from one of the very best; a star on the teams on internationally beloved sci-fi productions, excelling in the roles of Head of the Prosthetics on Andromeda and Makeup Department First Assistant on Stargate Atlantis.

“I have a lot of passion for this,” smiles the Blanche Macdonald graduate-turned-instructor. “I love seeing that passion in my students and watching it drive them forward. I give them the tools they need, the opportunity to learn what I learned, and it always amazes me to see what they do with that. It’s incredible when students come back to Blanche Macdonald and tell me what they’re up to. There’s a sense of pride that comes with knowing I’ve made a difference in someone’s life.”

From Blanche Macdonald classrooms to sets of TV shows and movies like Scary Movie 3 and 4, Battlestar Galactica, Harper’s Island, Dark Angel, Mysterious Ways, Once Upon A Time, Life As We Know It, Reunion, Doing It, Little Man and White Chicks, Kari has been making a difference for two decades, ever since she decided to make the move to Vancouver from her native Ontario.

“I spent most of my youth dancing, singing and acting in musical theatre,” she explains. “I graduated from Sheridan College with a Musical Theatre degree. I wanted to start acting in film and my agent in Toronto suggested that my best bet was to move to Vancouver. So that’s what I did.

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Kevin Priebe

Makeup Artistry Graduate
Leo Award Winner, Movie Producer, Zombie Expert

BMC Makeup Artistry Graduate Kevin Priebe

Kevin Priebe, a Leo Award winner in 2006 for Remembrance: A Soldier’s Story and nominee in 2008 for The Collinwood Campaign has not let being in a wheelchair stop him from expanding his love of special makeup effects. Some of his other credits include the independent films Edison & Leo, Grand Opening, Ashes Fall and the Chicago International film festival winner Notes From the Space Time Continuum. A special congratulations to Kevin for achieving his goal of being accepted into the makeup union for IATSE 891 as a Makeup & Makeup F/X prosthetics permittee.

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Krista Seller

Makeup Artistry Graduate
Hollywood North, Makeup TV & Film Star


Exactly where the climax of a career in TV & Film hits is relative. And upon first meeting, Krista’s down-to-earth sincerity belies her soaring perch in our Hollywood North. Her name tops a colossally impressive imDb list – which includes credits for AMC series Fear the Walking Dead, Warcraft, iZombie, Proof, Final Destination 5, Disney’s Descendants and The L Word – and you might not ever have guessed it, had you not caught the focussed glint and forward keel of her speech.

We’re sitting in one of Atelier Campus’ vast glass rooms, where Krista is sharing with us the career that has been tetris-packed into her years since graduating from Blanche Macdonald’s Makeup program. And as with all TV & Film stories, there are delightful deviations of plot to be had too...

“Sam Elliott is a total icon, and he has a beautiful moustache that is almost equally iconic. And I had to trim it the first time that I met him. All I could think was, ‘Please don’t let me be the person to ruin Sam Elliott’s trademark ‘stache!’ ” laughs Krista who, thankfully, left the actor’s golden feature intact.

“It’s important to stay grounded through it all, especially with TV & Film. Maybe you make up some celebrity types but that’s not really what the job’s about. It’s just an aside. It’s not why you’re there.”

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Makeup Artistry Graduate
Groomer, NYC

Top Makeup School Graduate, Kumi Craig

Kumi Craig makes men look great for a living. As one of America’s go-to Male Groomers, she’s the woman Hollywood and New York Agents call when one of their A-list clients have a shoot or event where they need to look their very best.

Even though she’s brought her considerable skills to some of the World’s most famous men, for this Blanche Macdonald Makeup Graduate A-list clientele doesn’t come with an A-list ego. Instead, Kumi attributes her amazing success down to a commitment to professionalism and a few well-timed bursts of good luck.

“A big part of this job comes down to personality and how you deal with clients,” she explains. “My mother’s Japanese. When I was little she’d always say to me, ‘Kumi, don’t make dust!’ I stand by that. You don’t overstep. You watch people and see how they react. Certain people might be really private about their personal lives. Some want to be friends. I’m there for all of them.”

That’s the essence of Kumi’s professionalism. As for her good luck, that started soon after she left her native Prince Rupert and arrived in Vancouver, looking to figure out what she wanted to do with her life.

“I was brand new in the city and was walking down Robson Street after I’d applied for a job at Milestones when a handsome gentleman started talking to me. I told him that I wanted an apprenticeship in either makeup or baking. He said he lived near this great Makeup School and walked me down to the Blanche Macdonald campus. I had a tour, and thought, I want to go here. I did, and it was great!

“The training and education at Blanche Macdonald was an excellent learning experience. It's a great way to get your foot in the door. A large amount of this profession is based on practice; the hours you put into it and building your confidence as an artist. I really enjoyed the creativity of special effects makeup but I found I had more of an interest in makeup for photography. The training I received there gave me the confidence to actively pursue a career in New York. Providing a kit with the basics was a big help too.” 

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Leanne Rae Podavin

Makeup Artistry Graduate and Makeup Faculty Member
Emmy Nominee, Special Effects Artist

BMC Makeup Artistry Graduate Leanne Rae Podavin

It doesn’t take long to be swept up by Leanne Rae Podavin’s enthusiasm for her art. It’s a passion that students at Canada’s #1 Makeup School get to experience on a regular basis.

“I’m always saying to my students, ‘Isn’t this awesome? Isn’t this so much fun? Imagine if you could do this every day?’ It’s like Halloween every day!”

For Leanne, Halloween still comes daily. When she’s not inspiring the next generation of movie magicians the Blanche Macdonald graduate-turned-instructor is working at the cutting edge of the Makeup Effects industry. Her incredible résumé includes stints on series including Millennium and Masters of Horror, alongside movies like X-Men 2 and Thir13een Ghosts, and an impressive Emmy Award nomination for The X Files. Her perpetual enthusiasm is understandable. Growing up, she didn’t know her amazing career was even possible.

“I always loved creature movies, but I never thought it could be a job. My favourite movie of all time is Jaws. And I loved Alien and Aliens. Those monsters looked so real. I did well at art in High School and won a scholarship for Fine Arts, but after two years I didn’t feel that was what I wanted. My friend, Deanna Milligan, was teaching at Blanche Macdonald and said, ‘Why don’t you come and do makeup?’ Growing up in North Delta I’d do makeup on my friends so I thought, why not? I knew I wanted a career in art. I could have a career on faces instead of canvas.

“The entire program was awesome and I had a great time learning beauty makeup. I was there early, always asking questions. Then on the first day of Makeup Effects our instructor, Michelle Pedersen, showed us how to do a cut with wax. That’s when the light bulb went on in my head. Fireworks actually! I thought, right there on that first day of Makeup Effects, that this is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life. I put up my hand and said, ‘When do we get to make werewolves?’” 

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Lori Woodhouse

Makeup Artistry Graduate
Leading Makeup and Hair Artist for T.V. and Film, Beauty Education Manager for MAC Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown and Tom Ford - London, England

Top Makeup School Graduate Lori Woodhouse

Lori Woodhouse was at Hair School in Victoria when a visiting Makeup Artist arrived to talk about opportunities in the TV and Film industry. That was all it took to convince young Lori that makeup would be her career; a career that took her onto the sets of Supernatural, Masters of Horror, Psych and The Addams Family, before she moved to London, England to take on high profile management roles with MAC, Bobbi Brown and Tom Ford Beauty. Makeup has taken Lori around the world, but she still remembers the thrill when she first heard the potential of a career in makeup.

“The Makeup Artist talking to us had worked on The Scarlet Letter with Demi Moore,” recalls Lori. “It sounded super-exciting. I turned to my friend and said, ‘I’m going to be a Makeup Artist and work in film.’ She said, ‘Me too!’”

Lori was working as a hair stylist in Victoria when the lure of Makeup proved too strong to resist. The move to Vancouver, and Canada’s top Makeup School, was inevitable.

“In the 1990s everybody who wanted to work in TV and film also wanted to work at MAC. Most of the artists who worked at MAC went to Blanche Macdonald, so that was the school I knew I had to go to. It had a great reputation even back then.

“Learning at Blanche Macdonald was really powerful. My TV and Film instructor had put the bruises on MacGyver. Now she was teaching us bruises! It was inspiring and amazing.”

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Michelle Pedersen

Makeup Artistry Graduate
Gemini Nominee, Makeup Industry Veteran

An industry veteran with an impressive list of credits in television, film, and fashion, Michelle Pedersen has received a Gemini nomination for Outstanding Makeup as one of the key Makeup Artists for The New Addams Family.

After furthering her studies in L.A., Michelle took on a five-year stint as key hair and makeup with the hit series Madison and was department head for the award-winning film The War Between Us. Since then, she has worked on the series Hollywood Off-Ramp, as well as feature films such as Death Games and True Heart (starring Zachary Ty Bryan and Kirsten Dunst). Michelle has also worked on such famous faces as Tom Arnold, Jon Bon Jovi, Tippi Hedren, Stephen Dorff, Morgan Fairchild, Samuel L. Jackson, Charlie Sheen, Will Smith, Ed O’Neill, and Bruce Willis.



Makeup Artistry Graduate
Visual Effects Artist in London, England

BMC Makeup Artistry Graduate Nicholas Davis

As a Visual Effects Artist, Davis has worked on “The Avengers, “Entrapment”, “Enigma”, “Patriot Games” and “Phantom of the Opera”. A consummate professional, his resume also includes A Knight’s Tale”, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, “Harry and the Half Blood Prince”, “Gulliver’s Travels” and “Prince of Persia”.

“Whether I am making severed human heads for the opening sequence of “Quills”, building a 55 foot working model of a Soviet submarine for “K19” or teaching life-casting to a group of students, the training I received gave me the underlying confidence necessary to complete an assignment successfully”. 

“By attending the Blanche Macdonald Centre, I received a firm and solid foundation on which to build the new things you learn every day in your working life.  Professionalism, punctuality, cleanliness, colour theory and countless other basics all enable you to seize that ‘lucky break’ when it comes along”. 

“I was fortunate that my BMC time was spent under the watchful eye of Todd MacIntosh.  With the basics I learned from him I have been able to grasp all opportunities and not waste any”.

“Blanche Macdonald gave me a strong foundation which still provides support to my career today."


Nicole Harvie

Makeup Artisty Graduate
Freelance Makeup Artist, Vancouver BC

Top Makeup School graduate and instructor Nicole Harvie

Nicole Harvie always expects the unexpected. As a makeup artist specialising in the twin environments of live and reality-based TV, she knows that on any given day, tension and nerves are potential hurdles that need overcoming. Which is why her job means making sure everybody on screen feels as great as they look.

“I’m the cheermeister!” she laughs. “When I did a stint on the Citytv Morning Show I had to wake up at 3.45am five days a week. No-one feels that good early in the morning. Your responsibility as a makeup artist is to get everyone’s day off to a good start. Pretty them up and cheer them up. How are you today? What have you got planned? People feel great when they get their face on and feel taken care of. I want people who sit in my chair to leave with a little extra energy as well as a bit of colour.” 

Delivering that shot of energy comes naturally to the graduate from Canada’s #1 Makeup School. It’s noticeable the minute you meet her; a combination of warmth, charisma and gentle professionalism that’s led her from Blanche Macdonald to the studios of Shaw, Citytv, Global TV and CTV, and has taken her behind the scenes on some of Canada’s most entertaining lifestyle and reality TV shows, including Take it Outside with Kelly Deck, She’s Crafty, and Urban Suburban for HGTV Canada, Smart Cookies and The Cupcake Girls for the W Network, Crash Test Mommy for the Slice Network, and Million Dollar Neighbourhood for the Oprah Winfrey Network.

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Rebeccah Delchambre

Makeup Artistry Graduate
Emmy-nominated and Leo Award Winning Makeup Artist

top makeup graduate rebeccah delchambre emmy nominated

Rebeccah Delchambre understands what it takes to reach the top of the Film and TV Makeup industry. The Blanche Macdonald graduate has a long list of major movies, TV series, Leo Awards and Emmy Nominations on her résumé and is now in her second year as the Co-chairperson of the Makeup Department of the IATSE Local 891 Union in British Columbia and the Yukon.

As Designer, Head of Department, Key Makeup Artist or part of the team for projects including Elf, The A-Team, Alcatraz, Scary Movie 4, The Chronicles of Narnia, Are We Done Yet, Freddy vs Jason, and dozens more, it’s no surprise that Rebeccah has tales to tell. She’s a natural storyteller.

Her own story began in England with a talented fine artist for a mother and an inspiring drama teacher. At 11 years old Rebeccah and her mother moved to Toronto, launching an incredible behind-the-scenes journey in film and television.

“My Mom, Dinah Delchambre, is one of the best artists I’ve ever met,” promises Rebeccah. “She would go on set and paint portraits that would appear in the movies. That gave me a taste for film. I had opportunities to work behind the camera doing art pieces for the sets and storyboards, then in front of the camera doing background work, which led to an agent, and auditions. I soon realized I loved film with every cell in my body. However, I just found acting wasn’t as fulfilling as some other aspects of theatre and film. I’d done some makeup on myself and other cast members in theatre. I decided that I wanted do more.”

Rebeccah had left Toronto and headed west to become part of Vancouver’s booming film and TV industry. With a job at The Body Shop, she was using her self-taught makeup skills every day. Even then, Rebeccah knew she was never going to master her art without learning from the best. The time had come to find an industry-recognized Makeup School.

“I asked around and people I respected had gone to Blanche Macdonald. My experience at Makeup School was great. Jennifer Folk was one of my instructors. I honestly wasn’t thinking about becoming a TV and Film Makeup Artist. I just thought that I should try it out and see if it fit."

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Makeup Artistry Graduate
Makeup Artist and Creator of Suva Beauty Cosmetics

top makeup graduate shaina azad

Shaina Azad takes the business of Makeup seriously.

That’s how she’s succeeded across multiple disciplines since graduating from Canada’s Top Makeup School. She’s continually busy working with Indian Bridal and Beauty clients. She launched and is selling her own cosmetic line, SUVA Beauty, around the world. She’s working on sets for commercials seen across Canada and beyond. And she’s teaching at Blanche Macdonald. 

On top of all this, Shaina somehow finds the time to run a popular YouTube makeup tutorial channel. Which is where you realize that there’s a huge difference between taking your work seriously and taking yourself seriously. 

“I have no problems making fun of myself,” admits Shaina. “I’m quirky, try to be funny, and speak my mind. I want people to know me as an artist and understand my personality. I specialise in Indian bridal, but I want to show that I can do everything else. I’ve had people stop me and take photos in the street. So bizarre!” 

Great artistry paired with a natural gift for comedy is a potent combination. A YouTube rant about frustrating counter service is what persuaded ABC Producer Glenn Ruppel to contact Shaina for her highest profile appearance so far, inviting her to New York to share some of the less ethical tricks some cosmetics salespeople use as part of a special feature on the channel’s flagship news magazine show, 20/20.

“When Glenn emailed me out of the blue I thought it was a joke. Why would an ABC producer want to contact me? But it was real. They flew me to New York, put me up in the Empire Hotel and gave me a private driver to show me around.

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Tina Teoli

Movie Makeup Artist and Leo Award Winner

Makeup Artist School Graduate Tina Teoli

There’s a certain etiquette that comes with winning a Leo, British Columbia’s most prestigious award for its massive movie and television industry. Tina Teoli understood that even before she won the 2010 Leo for Best Makeup in a Short Drama for her work in the horror/espionage thriller, Serum 1831.

“I’d been to the Leo Awards before so I knew what to expect,” she laughs. “I went as part of Natalie Cosco’s team when she won for Smallville. They don’t feed you until eight, so you drink a lot of wine on an empty stomach, which isn’t necessarily good. I was on heels too, so when my name was announced I was concentrating on not falling over. You get a trophy and do your speech, then they walk you off set, take your trophy, give you another one, take a photo and they take the trophy back again. I have no idea where my Leo is right now.”

Tina’s sense of humour makes any time spent in her company terrific fun. But she also knows that an outgoing approach isn’t appropriate for every situation. That’s one of the reasons why, over the course of nearly two decades in the film and TV business, the Blanche Macdonald makeup grad has risen to the top of her profession, including being named head of the makeup department for the last two series of Smallville.

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Makeup Artistry Graduate
Freelance Makeup Artist (LIZBELL AGENCY ) and Blanche Macdonald Instructor

“I’m jealous of Makeup Artists who can narrow it down to Fashion or TV and film,” laughs Blanche Macdonald graduate-turned-instructor Win Liu. “I love working on both! I’m represented by the model and talent agency, Lizbell, and I’m also an IATSE permittee, which means I get to work on union shows like Arrow, Warriors, Motive, Almost Human and Wayward Pines. That’s great for me. I get the best of both worlds!”

Every job has its perks for Win, whether it’s the challenge, the people or just seeing the end results. If she’s doing a Beauty application or Special Makeup Effects, she throws herself into her work with the same effervescent enthusiasm that first brought her to Blanche Macdonald.

“I’d studied painting and fashion, and was working in fashion, making couture collections for private clients. I just didn’t see fashion as a full-time career. I woke up one morning thinking ‘what else can I do with my hands and brushes?’ Later that day I walked into Blanche Macdonald and asked if I could talk to someone about the Makeup Program. Jaye Klippenstein showed me some portfolios and I said, ‘OK!”

“I was sure that I wanted to do only runway,” smiles Win. “Then Jen showed me a whole new world. She came in on the first day of class and said, ‘Ok guys, today I’m going to teach you to make a dead finger.’ We made a bloody latex finger and that night I brought it to a pub to watch a hockey game. I left the finger on the table and freaked out the bartender. After that I was totally into prosthetics and makeup effects.”

That instant passion took Win to two IMATS Character Prosthetics Finals, taking the Third Place Trophy in Los Angeles by turning her brother into a monstrous version of Henry VIII. Win had natural talent, but she also embraced the Blanche Macdonald philosophy that it’s never too early to start acting like a professional.

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Roll Call

A selection of Blanche Macdonald Makeup Artistry graduates and their career placements in Television and Film.

Alyssa Satow, a graduate of 2006, has worked in theatre, film and at events around Vancouver. She has had the opportunity to work on independent feature and short films, creating special makeup effects and prosthetic pieces and limbs for the horror films Gutterballs and Dead Hooker in a Trunk. Alyssa also works at Blanche Macdonald as an Administrative Associate and a Lab Associate for the Prosthetics Lab portion of the Makeup Diploma Program.

Amy Van Wormer, a graduate of 2003, has an extensive career as Makeup Department Head or Key for a variety of film and television productions. Some of her of credits in these leadership positions are Stormworld, Ice Twisters, Personal Effects, Wyvern, Under One Roof, Fatal Kiss, Riddles of the Sphinx, Mom, Dad and Her, Odysseus and the Isle of the Mists, Blood Ties, Past Lies Love Notes, The Perfect Child and I Know What I Saw. Amy has recently completed the Val Kilmer, Cuba Gooding Jr. feature Hardwired.

Andrea Manchur, a Leo Award nominee for Best Makeup in a Short Film – Regarding Sarah, has accumulated a very strong list of credits while working in Vancouver’s film industry. In addition to numerous Movies of the Week, Andrea has worked on the television series Sanctuary, Kyle XY, Supernatural, Stargate SG-1, Andromeda, Poltergeist, Voyage of the Unicorn, and DaVinci’s Inquest. Her feature film credits include X-Men: The Last Stand and Santa Clause 2.

Amber Trudeau has been working steadily in TV and film since graduating in 2005. Her extensive list of credits include Hardwired with Val Kilmer and Cuba Gooding Jr. and Personal Effects starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Ashton Kutcher. Additional credits include Under One Roof, The Boy Next Door, Fatal Kiss, Riddles of the Sphinx, Afghan Knights, I Know What I Saw, Postal, Luna: Spirit of the Whatle and The Mermaid Chair.

April Boyes a 2001 makeup grad who has worked on a variety of TV and film productions. She has been the Head of the Makeup Department for Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins and The Thaw. Some of April’s other credits include Do You Know Me, Pure Evil, Vipers, Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon, Journey to the Center of the Earth, About a Girl, BloodRayne II: Deliverance and The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess.

Beth Boxall has established herself as a makeup department regular for major Hollywood productions visiting Vancouver. She was part of the team for hits like The Chronicles of Riddick, X-Men: The Last Stand, Aliens vs Predator Requiem, 2012 and Fantastic Four, a movie the saw her take the role of key makeup artist for the second unit. When she’s not working on blockbusters Beth has keyed multiple episodes of the American comedy-drama police series Psych.

Calla Syna Dreyer nominated in 2005 for the Best Makeup Leo Award for the feature length drama Marker continues to work on a variety of productions filmed here locally in Vancouver. A sample of some of her credits include Ratko: the Dictator’s Son, The Boy Next Door, While She Was Out, Ba’al, Poison Ivy: The Secret Society, Men in Trees, Making Mr. Right, The Uniquiet, Devil’s Diary, Normal, Beneath, Write and Wrong and Blond and Blonder.

Carol Ann Ransaw relocated to New York and has worked on a variety of hit television shows as well as big feature films since graduating in 2000. Some of her TV credits include Gossip Girl, Project Runway, Law & Order – SVU and The Whitest Kids U Know.  Carol’s film work: Fighting starring Terrance Howard, I Am Legend with Will Smith, Gardener of Eden, Made In Brooklyn, The House of the Living and The Dead and the Revolving Door to name a few. Carol has also worked on the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, The Lion King.

Cindy Barlow is another industry professional that has gained stature in the film and television community. Some of her credits from the past decade include Smokin’ Aces: Blowback, Caught on Tape, Mr. Troop Mom, Messages Deleted, jPod, Control Alt Delete, Another Cinderella Story, Every Second Counts, Playing for Keeps and Blade: The Series to name a few. Cindy has just completed Deep Cove starring Lucy Hale and Haylie Duff.

Connie Parker has been working makeup magic across a huge array of movies and TV series for two decades. Her incredible resume includes her time as key artist on critically acclaimed movies including Things We Lost In The Fire and Flight 93, and makeup effects-driven hits like The Santa Clause 2, Scary Movie 3 and White Chicks. A major figure in the movie makeup business, her crowning glory has arguably been her role as key makeup artist on the box office sensation 2012.

Danielle Fowler, a 2007 makeup graduate has achieved success in a short period of time. When she is not in the classroom assisting students in Prosthetics, Danielle can be found working on a variety of locally produced projects. Some of her film credits include Kingdoms of Grace, Whisper and Lies, Betrayals, Confessions of an Innocent Man and The Birthday.

Debbie Lelievre is another BMC grad who is extremely active in the film industry. Debbie’s impressive resumé also boasts training at a makeup school in Australia—where she also worked as an assistant makeup artist on Moulin Rouge. Back in BC, Debbie has worked as a makeup artist for Robin Hood: Beyond Sherwood, Merlin and the Brook of Beasts, Knights of Bloodsteel, Flash Gordon, Kickin It Old School, Partition, Lesser Evil, Stranger in My Bed and many more. She has also been the Head of Department on a number of local features including Firefight (starring Stephen Baldwin) and the award-winning Emile (starring Deborah Kara Unger and Sir Ian McKellan).

Devyn Griffith is both a graduate of and former instructor at Blanche Macdonald. In addition to teaching, Devyn is a member of the film industry. Co-Keyed as Head of the Department with Michelle Pedersen on the Gemini-nominated New Addams Family and was Head of the Department for the hit series Cold Squad, Godivas and Robson Arms. She has also worked on All I Want (Starring Elijah Wood and Mandy Moore), Elektra (starring Jennifer Garner), and Edison (starring Justin Timberlake and Kevin Spacey), which was later named Edison’s Force. Devyn is also a member of both IATSE local 891 and ACFC.

Dorothee Deichmann a 2004 Leo Award Winner for Best Makeup in a Dramatic Series, Stargate SG-1 – Enemy Mine is an active member in the local film community. Some of Dororthee’s credits include Stargate: The Ark of Truth starring Ben Browder and Amanda Tapping, A Dog’s Breakfast, Due East and the TV series Hostage Negotiator to name a few.

Doug Morrow built himself a significant list of credits in the Canadian film industry after graduating from Blanche Macdonald. His recent credits include keying horror film The Haunting in Connecticut with Virginia Madsen, Makeup Department Head for New in Town with Renée Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr., special makeup effects artist for Whiteout with Kate Beckinsale and The Horsemen with Dennis Quaid. Doug’s impressive range of projects as a special makeup effects artist include Hideaway, The Lazarus Project Reindeer Games, eXistenZ, Texas Rangers, Happy Gilmore, The X-Files, The 13th Warrior, Jumanji (where he helped create the “monkey boys”), and a vast array of other features and MOWs. 

He is a former Blanche Macdonald faculty member and a long-standing member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 891. Doug has since relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba where he is the current President of I.A.T.S.E. Local 856. Still a force in the makeup industry, Doug is the owner of his own lab, Doug Morrow Makeup Design. In Winnipeg, he has keyed the award-winning homegrown films Dracula: Pages From A Virgin’s Diary and The Saddest Music In The World (starring Isabella Rossellini and Mark McKinney). Doug is thrilled to have been part of the Makeup Department on the Academy award winning film Capote with Phillip Seymour-Hoffman. Currently he is working on the Don Cherry mini-series.

Elke Winters has worked on several film and television productions as special makeup effects artist. Her most notable work for the short film Spank earned her a nomination for Best Makeup & Hair Design at the 2004 Wild Rose Indie Film Festival. Elke, an I.A.T.S.E. Local 891 member, has also worked on Project GREY, The Shell and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

Emanuella Daus has been working nonstop in film and television for the past decade. Her impressive list of credits include the feature films Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Tooth Fairy, I Love You Beth Cooper starring Hayden Panettiere, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Watchmen, White Chicks and Walking Tall. Her television highlights include: No Heroics, Mistresses, Split Decision, Saved and The Immortal.

Faye von Schroeder has been a longstanding member in the film community. Her career spans over two decades and has worked on a variety of productions. Some of these include the TV series Men in Trees with Anne Heche, Impact, War starring Jet Li, Kyle XY, War, X-Men: The Last Stand, Scary Movie 4, Tru Calling, Cats & DogsThe Outer Limits, Happy Gilmore, and Highlander.

Eva McKenzie, a 2004 makeup graduate has worked on several locally produced features including High Noon, Northern Lights, Promise, What if God Were the Sun, Blue Smoke, Angels Fall, The Muffin Man and The Sound of Willie Nelson’s Guitar. Currently, Eva is working on Santa Baby 2 starring Jenny McCarthy and Dean McDermott.

Felix Fox, a 2001 Emmy Award nominee for the children’s fantasy film Voyage of the Unicorn, has an extensive background in prosthetics and special makeup effects. Felix is also a co-founder, with fellow Blanche alum Toby Lindala, of the F/X lab Lindala Schminken FX Inc. Some of her credits include The Cabin in the Woods, Reaper, Scary Movie 4, Final Destination 3, Elektra and Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical.

Gabriela Polakova, a native of the Czech Republic, has amassed an impressive range of international credits since graduating from Blanche Macdonald in 1999. In addition to over 70 commercials, fashion shoots for Harper’s, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire, and high-profile European TV series such as Napoleon and Les Miserables, Gabriela has worked internationally on such feature films as G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra starring Brendan Fraser and Sienna Miller, Solomon Kane, Henry IV, Babylon A.D. with Vin Diesel and Michelle Yeoh, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Blade 2, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hellboy, and The Brothers Grimm.

Gillian Scott has worked on a variety of feature films since graduating in 2000. Some of her credits include The Cleaner, I, Robot, X-Men: The Last Stand, Walking Tall and The Chronicles of Riddick. Gillian has also worked on many television series including Supernatural, L Word, DaVinci’s Inquest, Re-Union and Tru Calling.

Gitte Axen is an I.A.T.S.E. member and industry veteran of TV programs such as The Outer Limits. She has established an impressive makeup career with features, compiling a large number of credits on high profile movies. Gitte’s resumé includes Makeup Artist credits on Anne Hathaway’s Passengers,The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Harrison Ford’s Firewall, X-Men: The Last Stand, She’s the Man, Night at the Museum, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Double Jeopardy, Agent Cody Banks, I Spy, Insomnia, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Neverwas and Elf. Her recent credits include the upcoming feature films Helen, The Uninvited, The Cabin in the Woods, 2012 with John Cusack and Thandie Newton.

Gunther Schetterer is a 2003 makeup grad that has worked as a special makeup effects artist on the features The Muffin Man and Rotten Shaolin Zombies. Gunther also keyed The Sound of Willie Nelson’s Guitar. Some of Gunther’s other credits include Confessions of a Go-Go Girl, The Other Woman, Everest and September Dawn.

Jennifer Forberg graduated in 2000 and has been honing her craft ever since while working on the features Dolan’s Cadillac starring Christian Slater, The Shortcut, Ahh, Youth!, Walled In with Mischa Barton, 45 R.P.M., The Englishman’s Boy, Surveillance, Sleepwalking, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Finn on the Fly, Sabbatical and How I Married My High School Crush. Jennifer has just completed the Marvel Comic’s film Hybrid.

Jennifer Kipps another graduate who has been working steadily since completing the program has added the following credits to her resumé: On the Run, The Tortured, American Pie Presents Book of Love, Damage, Driven to Kill, Knights of Bloodsteel, Kill Switch, Tortured, The Art of War II: Betrayal, Storm Cell, Beyond Lochness, The Green Chain, Blood Ties and My Silent Partner. Currently, Jennifer is working on the Dear Mr. Gacy.

Jennifer Machnee has gained stature as a makeup artist in Manitoba since leaving Blanche Macdonald. She has worked with fellow grad Doug Morrow on Dracula: Pages From A Virgin’s Diary, and has also worked on the acclaimed local feature Hey, Happy. Since then, Jennifer has gone on to work on an incredible range of features and MOWs, most recently gaining credit on The Haunting in Connecticut with Virginia Madsen and Kyle Gallner, Dennis Quaid’s The Horsemen, Full of It, Fear X, The Saddest Music in the World, Society’s Child, The Lazarus Project and Shall We Dance? starring Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez.

Jennifer Powell is a grad of BMC who started her career as the makeup artist for BCTV and CBC. Early in her career, a high point was making up superstar Seal for a pre-Grammy appearance on Gen-X TV L.A. Since then, she has added more to her illustrious resumé with the following credits on various TV series and Feature Films: I.A.T.S.E Local 891 member, Chronicles of Riddick, Slither, Out Cold with Zack Galifianakis, True Calling, X-Men, Twilight Zone, The Sentinel, Glory Days with fellow BMC alumni Yvonne Webber, Night at the Museum, Fantastic Four, White Chicks and Key Makeup on Season 4 of the highly acclaimed series the L Word and the Key Makeup for Painkiller Jane. She has worked on numerous stars such as Kristanna Loken, Ivana Trump, Vivica A. Fox, and Jessica Simpson. Jennifer has returned to BMC to share her knowledge and experience as an instructor and Associate Director of the Makeup Department.

Jen Rothfelder is another valued instructor at the Blanche Macdonald Centre who is another BMC graduate. Her experience includes a substantial portfolio and credits in still photography.  Her film and television stints include The New Addams Family and Cold Squad, where she worked alongside fellow grads and instructors Michelle Pedersen and Devyn Griffith respectively.

JoAnn Fowler’s illustrious career in makeup for film and television began in the late 80’s. Since then she has been the Make up Designer for many locally produced productions including Frankie and Alice, New Moon (action unit), The L Word, Final Destination 3, Black Christmas, The Snow Walker, Duets, Write and Wrong, Missing in America, Air Bud 1 & 2, Xmen 2 (action unit) and many more television movies and series. She also garnered an Emmy nomination for Best Makeup for her work on Reefer Madness. Her extensive experience with working with hundreds of makeup lines has inspired JoAnn to develop her own brand, Sappho cosmetics. Described as free of synthetic chemicals including all phthalates and parabens, ethically produced and environmentally packaged, this eco-conscious makeup line has been quickly adopted by many Makeup Artists as well as celebrities including Jennifer Beals, Mia Kirshner and Pam Grier just to name a few. Find out more about JoAnn’s Makeup Line at

Juliana Vit, another grad who has been a long-time member of the local film community has credits that span the past ten years. Some of the productions on which she has worked include The Farm starring Famke Janssen, Cole, Nightmare at the End of the Hall, The Auburn Hills Breakdown, Supernatural and The L Word. Juliana is currently working on the sci-fi miniseries Riverworld.

Justin Ewart, a Leo Award winner with fellow grad Kevin Priebe in 2006 for Remembrance: A Soldier’s Story and nominee in 2008 for The Collinwood Campaign, is also an instructor here at Blanche Macdonald.  Justin’s film and television credits include Wyvern, Blood Ties, Last Day, Because You Demanded It!, The Night Shift and Canadian Zombie.

Katie McKinnon is a 2007 Leo Award nominee for Trans Neptune: or The Fall of Pandora, Drag Queen Cosmonaut. This 2005 grad has also worked on Bloody Mary, Sanquine and as key for the horror film The Taken.

Kathryn Jarymy graduated from the Makeup Diploma Program in 2007. Kathryn was the Key for her first feature film "Mulligans" just four days after her graduation. By working on numerous television and film productions, she has achieved her goal of attaining full membership in IATSE Local 891. In early 2009, the International Figure Skating Competition "Four Continents Figure Skating Championships” were held in Vancouver. As the Key makeup artist for the event, Kathryn was able to combine two of her greatest passions: makeup and ice skating. This opportunity led to four time World Champion Kurt Browning requesting Kathryn as his personal makeup artist for a media tour in Edmonton.

Kari Zantolas is a grad from 1996. Since that time, Kari has been very busy working on many TV series such as Atlantis and Stargate, She has been Head of the Prosthetics department for 4 years on Andromeda, for which she and her team won a Gemini Award. Additional credits include Dark Angel, Mysterious Ways with Naomi Hirano and numerous feature films such as White Chicks and Little Man. Kari also worked with our very own Makeup Director, Todd McIntosh on Killer Instinct. Kari has returned to her makeup roots as an instructor at BMC.

Kevin Priebe, a Leo Award winner in 2006 for Remembrance: A Soldier’s Story and nominee in 2008 for The Collinwood Campaign has not let being in a wheelchair stop him from expanding his love of special makeup effects. Some of his other credits include the independent films Edison & Leo, Grand Opening, Ashes Fall and the Chicago International film festival winner Notes From the Space Time Continuum. A special congratulations to Kevin for achieving his goal of being accepted into the makeup union for IATSE 891 as a Makeup & Makeup F/X prosthetics permittee.

Kyla-Rose Tremblay is an extremely prolific makeup artist whose nearly decade long career has included some of the most widely known productions filmed in Vancouver. A sampling of her credits include The Haunting in Connecticut, The Day Earth Stood Still, Kill Switch, Far Cry, Lost Boys: The Tribe, Stargate Series: Continuum, The Ark of Truth and Atlantis, 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four, Supernatural, X-Men: The Last Stand, Final Destination 3 and Freddy vs. Jason.

Krista Seller, a graduate from 2000, has worked on a variety of film and television productions. Her credits include Butterfly on a Wheel with Pierce Brosnan, Pathfinder and Monster Island. Krista has also assisted our Makeup Program Associate Director, Jen Powell on the TV series Painkiller Jane and the L Word.

Krista Young, a longstanding member in the film industry, has created a makeup career for herself that encompasses the past two decades. Her early credits include Neon Ryder, M.A.N.T.I.S and The Commish to name a few. Fast forward, Krista has worked on X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Saved, The L Word, Reaper, Virtuality and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus starring Heath Ledger, in his last starring role, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell. Currently, Krista is working on the TV drama series, Shattered with Callum Keith Rennie.

Lili Marchenski has established a solid career in TV/Film where she is often times the Head of the Department. Some of the productions Lili has keyed over the past decade include Saved, The Chris Isaak Show, The Secret Life of Zoey with Mia Farrow, Pursued, Mask of Death, Sabrina the Teenaged Witch, Deadly Vows, Sweet Dreams, and Brothers of the Frontier. She has a truly impressive resumé with a long list of credits.

Linda Chang, a graduate of 2003, has worked in a variety of TV and Film productions in Taiwan. Some of her film credits include Secret (starring famous musician/singer/producer/actor/director, 4-time World Music Award winner and Golden Horse Award winner for Best Newcomer Actor, Mr. Jay Chou 周杰倫 and multiple awards winner Anthony Wong Chau-Sang 黃秋生), Eternal Summer 盛夏光年 (starring Golden Horse Award winner for Best New Performer, Bryant Chang 張睿家), The Wall Passer 穿牆人, Catch 國士無雙 (starring Golden Horse Award for Best New Performer, Tony Yang 楊祐寧), God Man Dog 流浪神狗人, Heirloom 宅變 (starring Nominated Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actress, Terri Kwan 關穎). Linda has also worked with numerous actors from Hong Kong such as Eric Tseng 曾志偉, and To Man Zak 杜文澤.

Lisa Strong is another Blanche Macdonald graduate who is the Department Head for the sci-fi comedy TV series Eureka starring Colin Ferguson. She was also the head for another TV comedy, Aliens in America. Some of Lisa’s other credits include To Love and Die, The Days, Stealing Christmas, Stealing Sinatra with David Arquette and William H. Macy.

Lorena Cabrera, another busy BMC grad, is quickly establishing an impressive resumé in Mexico. Some of her credits include working on Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, Mexico Fashion Week and ad campaigns for such notable companies as Grupo Sadasi, Universidad Intercontinental, Tetrapak and Coca-Cola.

Lyne Denomme updates us with her list of makeup credits: The Mrs. Clause, Masters of Horror, Godivas and ZeD. Lyne has been a makeup artist for Pamela Martin, Steve Darling, and Sarah Daniels at BCTV, Brian Williams and Christ Cuthbert at CBC Sports, and additional stints with CBC News and The Comedy Network.

Marianne Olsen is another Blanche Macdonald graduate and instructor. She was quickly accepted into the union after graduation and is currently a member of both the A.C.F.C. and I.A.T.S.E. Local 891. She has worked on both independent films, such as Little Brother of War, and Hollywood features, such as Pathfinder, Snakes on a Plane and The Chronicles of Riddick. Marianne has also worked on the hit TV Series, Smallville and has been involved in doing special character make-ups on the sci-fi series Andromeda.

Megan Harkness is both a graduate of and instructor at Blanche Macdonald. In addition to teaching, Megan is a member of the film industry. She has worked on such films as Snakes on a Plane with Samuel L. Jackson, The Last Mimzy, The Santa Clause II and Chronicles of Riddick. In television, her credits include The L Word, Men in Trees and The Guard.

Michelle Hrescak is another industry professional that has been working in the Vancouver film community for quite some time. A sampling from her long list of credits include Battlestar Galactica, Man About Town starring Ben Afflect and Rebecca Romijn, They, The Chris Isaak Show, Voyage of the Unicorn and Romeo Must Die.

Michelle Lemieux a graduate from 1998 has created special makeup effects for a variety feature films and television series. Her extensive list of credits include Night At the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Smallville, Trick ‘r Treat, Tin Man, Slither, BloodRayne, The Fog, The Sandlot 2, Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, Traffic, I, Robot, White Chicks and Kingdom Hospital. Michelle has just completed Serum 1831 and Tooth Fairy with Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews and Billy Crystal.

Natalie Cosco’s impressive resumé dates back to the beginning of Hollywood North. Her early work began on 21 Jump Street with a little known actor named Johnny Depp. Since that time, Natalie has become the Makeup Department Head for the hugely popular TV series Smallville. Some of Natalie’s other credits from the past two decades include Kickin It Old Skool, Dark Angel, The X Files and legendary director, John Woo’s Once a Thief.

Naomi Hirano, Blanche Macdonald instructor and active member in the local film community, has a vast array of credits in her more than decade long career. Some of these include Centre Stage: Turn It Up, Whispers and Lies, Betrayals, Desolation Sound, Life As We Know It, Touching Evil, Peacemakers, The Dead Zone, The Void and My Mother, the Spy. Currently, Naomi is working on Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief starring Rosario Dawson and Uma Thurman.

Patricia Murray is also a current I.A.T.S.E. member, and her resumé is extremely impressive. Beginning as an assistant makeup artist on the Richard Gere film Intersection, Patricia quickly rose through the ranks to work as Department Head on films such as Slapshot 2 and The 6th Day. Recently, she has accumulated credits as Special Makeup Effects Artist on shows such as Space Buddies, Battlestar Galactica, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Freddy Vs. Jason, 13 Ghosts, and many, many others. As co-heads of the Makeup department on the Steven Spielberg mini-series Taken, Patricia and fellow grad Rebeccah Delchambre were nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Makeup in 2003. Currently, Patricia is working on Sitter’s Night.

Rebeccah Delchambre is an Emmy-nominated (in 2003, for Taken) make-up artist who has done a great deal of special make-up effects work for major Hollywood shows such as No Heroics, Bionic Woman, Wind Chill, Are We Done Yet? The Santa Clause 2, Freddy Vs. Jason, Scary Movie 3 and 4 and Elf. She has worked extensively with fellow graduate and effects specialist.

Sally Barnes’s nearly decade long career include many locally and internationally produced television series and feature films. Her long list of credits include Lost Boys: The Tribe, Supernatural, Under, AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem, Postal, Seed, When a Man Falls in the Forest and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. Currently, Sally is working on Max Schmeling.

Sara Pickersgill is an award-winning special makeup effects artist. While attending Blanche Macdonald, Sara won the 2004 CNOMA Award for Best Student Makeup Artist: TV/Film/Theatrical/Special Effects. Shortly after, in 2007, Sara was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Makeup in a Dramatic Series. Nominated again in 2009, she won the award for the television series, Sanctuary. Recently, she has worked on movies such as Stan Helsing, The Thaw, Knights of Bloodsteel, Aliens in the Attic and The Haunting in Connecticut.

Sheryl-Lynn Ong has developed an extensive and diverse resumé since graduating from Blanche Macdonald in 2001. She has applied her trade in various theatre productions (including Vancouver’s Theatre Under the Stars), photo shoots, music videos, independent features, and award-winning shorts. Over the past couple of years, Sheryl-Lynn has seen a great deal of television work, notably for MTV Canada where she has worked with recording artists such as Tommy Lee, Nas, David Usher, Evanescence, Matthew Good, and the Swollen Members. Sheryl-Lynn has also worked on the short films: Once a Fish and Why the Anderson Children Didn’t Come to Dinner.

Sofia Phillips has worked on many television productions including The Mrs. Clause, Robson Arms as the Key Makeup Artist, Godiva’s, Till Dad Do Us Part and The New Addams Family.

Stefanie Pirito is a Blanche Macdonald grad that has dabbled in everything from theatre, music videos, short films, editorial, album covers, commercials to indies. Her impressive list of credits include such prominent celebrities as Nelly Furtado, Molly Shannon, Matthew Good, De La Soul, Bif Naked, Sum 41, and the Barenaked Ladies. Her list of film and television features includes The Shell, Double Cross, Say Yes and Canadian Zombie.

Sylvie Godin, a graduate from back in 1990, has worked on many local projects while building her career as a Vancouver-based makeup artist. She has worked on the feature film Pathfinder, Air Buddies, the mini-series Voyage of the Unicorn, the Canadian feature Suddenly Naked, the TV series The Twilight Zone, and the horror movie House of the Dead.

Tamar Ouziel has been very busy in the TV and film industry since the beginning of this century. She has worked on such blockbuster films as 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Fantastic 4 and I, Robot. Tamar has also been the Makeup Department Head on the productions Seven Sunny Days, The Hit List and The Serious Business of Happiness. Tamar’s credits are also listed for Possession, The Quality of Life, Connie and Carla, White Chicks, The Goodbye Girl, The Sandlot 2, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Blade: The Series, The L Word, Smallville and Supernatural. Balancing out her extensive work in TV and Film is her equally impressive fashion portfolio. Tamar is represented by the national Artists Agency, Judy Inc.

Tana Lynn Moldovanos has kept pace with the multitude of TV/film productions made here in Hollywood North. Some of her credits as makeup key include Criminal Intent, Fatal Reunion, Ties That Bind, Shock to the System and My Neighbor’s Keeper. Tana has also worked on the just completed Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins, Flash Gordon, Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery. Tanya is currently working on sci-fi thriller The Thaw with Val Kilmer and Martha MacIsaac.

Tania El Zahr another busy graduate and IATSE member who relocated to Calgary has worked on many television and film productions. Some of these include Snowglobe with Lorraine Bracco, Lost Holiday: The Jim & Suzanne Shemwell Story, Moondance Alexander, Blue Smoke, Montana Sky, Angels Fall starring Heather Locklear, Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story and the Directors Guild of Canada nominated film Chicks with Sticks.

Tanya Howard graduated from our diploma program in 2000 and since that time has supplemented her education with various workshops and training seminars, including one by Blanche Macdonald Makeup Director Todd McIntosh. Tanya has proven herself a dedicated artist on innumerable photo shoots, commercials, and independents, and has been Makeup Department Head on several features including Blood Rayne II: Deliverance, Love Sick: Secrets of a Sex Addict. Tanya’s credits include such series such as Andromeda, Jake 2.0, Smallville, and Tru Calling. She has also worked on the high-profile Hollywood features I, Robot (starring Will Smith), Chaos (starring Ryan Phillipe) and the feature film starring Dane Cook and Jessica Alba, Good Luck Chuck. Currently, Tanya is working on Max Schmeling, a biopic about the 1930’s German champion heavyweight boxer.

Tina Teoli did two seasons on the TV series Madison and has also assisted on several films including the award-winning Serving in Silence (starring Glenn Close and Judy Davis) and Fear (with Mark Whalberg and Reese Witherspoon). She has also worked on Like Mike 2: Streetball, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Noah’s Arc, The Chris Isaak Show, Tilt and Freddy vs. Jason. Tina is currently working on Serum 1831.

Toby Lindala’s busy F/X lab, Lindala Schminken FX Inc., created all the special make-up effects for The X-Files up until 1998. This exceptional work was featured in magazines such as Make-up Artist and Fangoria, and garnered Toby and his team two consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Series Make-up. He received a third Emmy nomination for prosthetics on Voyage of the Unicorn. Toby and the entire crew at his lab was featured in a Georgia Straight article entitled “The Gore Hounds”. Since then, Toby has created special make-up effects for such feature films and mini series as V, Supernatural, Alice, Harper’s Island, Smokin' Aces: Blowback, Icarus, Farewell Atlantis, L Word, Taken, Juno, The X-Files: I Want to Believe, Fantastic Four, Elektra, X2, Kill Switch, Good Luck Chuck, Lost Boys 2: The Tribe, Black Christmas, The Wicker Man, Scary Movie 4, Final Destination 3, Andromeda, The Fog, The Santa Clause 2, The Chronicles of Riddick, Eye See You, and The Butterfly Effect.

Trudy Parisien has worked on a variety film and TV productions in different formats including websiodes for the drama series Whistler. Along with this series Trudy has been the Head of the Department for the features Untold Stories of the ER, Far Cry, Whistler II Series, Mind Storm starring Antonio Sabato Jr., Last Garden of Eden, How I Hate My Brother In-Law and the talk show Urban Rush. Trudy also worked on the action movie LAPD: To Protect and Serve with Dennis Hopper and Michael Madsen and the television shows Hiccups, First Wave and Just Deal II.

Vanessa Giles, is another industry professional who has shared her knowledge as an instructor at Blanche Macdonald. Vanessa has been the Head of Department on the movies such as the Jean Claude Van Damme action flick, The Hard Corps and Key Makeup artist for the thriller Hollow Man II with Christian Slater. Her credits include Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief with Rosario Dawson and Uma Thurman, Tooth Fairy starring Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd and Billy Crystal, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Watchmen, Lost Boys: The Tribe, Butterfly on a Wheel with Pierce Brosnan, Gerard Butler and Maria Bello, John Tucker Must Die, featuring Ashanti, the second season of the hit Nickelodeon show, Romeo! (starring Master P and Lil’ Romeo). The Chronicles of Riddick, Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch, Sasquatch (starring Lance Henrikson), and Blade: Trinity (starring Wesley Snipes).

Wendy Snowdon has worked on a variety of big feature films shot here locally in Vancouver. Her impressive resumé includes keying Free Style with Corbin Bleu, Martian Child, 4:Rise of the Silver Surfer as the creature effects makeup department head, Night at the Museum starring Ben Stiller, X-Men: The Last Stand and the Fantastic Four with Jessica Alba. Wendy also worked on the Stephen King TV series Kingdom Hospital as the key makeup artist.

Yvonne Weber has become a highly-regarded artist in Vancouver’s film community. She has done extensive work on commercial projects, theatre productions, independent films, TV Series, MOWs, and features. Some of the highlights of her lengthy and impressive resumé include: Once Upon a Mattress, The Robinsons: Lost in Space, Mr. Magoo, Stroke, The Net, Murder At Cannes, Glory Days, The Twilight Zone, and House of the Dead.

Note: this is a sampling of some of our Makeup graduates. Credits and positions may have changed in the interim.



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