After spending her formative years in the small city of Zamora Michoacán, Mexico, Diana Godinez chose to take a gap year after high school and came to Vancouver looking for opportunities. Interested in traditional painting, Diana turned to the equally intriguing concept of makeup artistry, and soon fell in love with the process of creating on-screen entertainment for others to enjoy! As an avid lover of television and film, it felt only natural.
There are so many opportunities (in film) in Vancouver!
“I took a gap year and came to Vancouver from 2015 to 2017 to attend Blanche Macdonald’s Makeup and Hair Programs. When I was looking for a school, I found that Blanche was well-known by many people, so I decided to go. I figured out that maybe painting pictures and faces were not that different, but by the end I found that painting faces was even better.
After that, I left to study more makeup effects in Argentina before going to LA. I decided to return to Vancouver because TV and Film was what I wanted to do and there are so many opportunities in Vancouver!”
Having graduated from both the Makeup and Hair Programs, Diana has collected a particular set of skills that allow her to cast a wider net when it comes to finding opportunity.
I found it necessary to learn both makeup and hair because many people ask for both certifications. Taking both programs was beneficial because it allowed me more job opportunities.
“I found it necessary to learn both makeup and hair because many people ask for both certifications, and it was very helpful so I took advantage of the opportunity. Blanche helped me realize that I love doing people’s makeup and making them feel comfortable in their own skin. Taking both programs was beneficial because it allowed me more job opportunities.”
She has encountered no shortage of work since her time at Blanche; serving as Key Makeup Artist and Key Hairstylist on several short films and music videos, and sometimes assisting in both departments as the situation demands it. She’s even been able to work frequently with fellow Mexico native and classmate-turned-good-friend Carla Sahagun!
Working on set has been the best experience of my life, despite the hours.
“Working on set has been the best experience of my life, even despite the hours. I can spend 20 hours on my feet and I don’t get tired. I love how you become family with the crew and cast because you work so closely together. One of the best experiences was my time on the set of There Are Bees in the House. I met so many amazing people and got to know the industry better.
My favourite thing to happen on set was when we were doing 20 hours a day for a whole 2 months, and the lovely cast rented us a coffee truck for the day. We didn’t expect it, and it was such an amazing day.”
Her talent is vast, her portfolio is only growing, and she is having a wonderful time along the way!