Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a professional Make-up artist and have worked in the film and televison industry for 27 yrs now. The past five years I have been making the transition into writing and directing and have two feature films behind me: Bottom Feeder staring Tom Siezmore which I both wroted & directed and Static staring Kathleen Robertson which I directed. I also have directed some television one of my credits is for the series Forensic Factor - Robert Lee Yates the Smiley Face Killer. It was at my wifes prompting that I became an author.
Describe your book ‘Reel Characters’ in 30 words or less.
Reel Characters is a quick reference book to creating inexpensive feature quality character make-up. It is intended to teach anyone what amazing things are possible with simple materails and some imagination.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part about writing the book was deciding which characters to create while using a handful of simple to use products. Though often times many of the same products were used every character had to be unique to itself.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
The books that had the greatest influence on me were the books I bought when I started my carreer and the ones I still refer to from time to time. Richard Corsen's book of Theatrical Make-up. Lee Bagan's Three Demensional Make-up. I looked at what else was on the market and wrote my books as if I were going to use them. Every chapter had to be self contained I do not like seaching from one end to the other looking for information. I enven include pictures of the products so when looking to purchase the materials to reproduce the make-ups there would be no confusion.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?
To market my books I try to attend trade shows like
IMATS ( international make-up artist trade show) they have several across North
America and one in
How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
When I am not writing I am selling books, looking for new clients or creating my next project. I also live on a 100 acre farm with my wife our dogs and a few horses so that keeps one active.
What are you working on next?
Next I would like to publish my first novel Blood Promise that has been sitting on a shelf for some time, but I will probably be doing another reference book for a sponser of mine. I love their product and the owner and his wife are super people. There is enough material for a book and they are strongly interested. It would be different enough from my books as it is promoting one line of products and would be a great marketing tool for all of us. So its just a matter of what day do I start I have done a rough mock up and would like to have it ready for November.
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