Sunday, August 22, 2010


James Joyce, the guy who cuts my hair, gave me a copy of On Makeup Magazine. One of his other clients, who attended The Makeup Show in NYC, gave him a bunch of extra copies. It's a trade rag, and the best part of it are the interviews with makeup artists who work on movie sets. In a recent issue, there was an interview with Valli O'Reilly and Patty York, the makeup artists for Alice in Wonderland (starring Johnny Depp.) Equally as fascinating was the chat with Robin Mathews, who was in charge of makeup on the set of The Runaways (the film about Joan Jett and Cherie Curie).

Crazy-but-true bit straight from the mouth of Robin:

"We found around 5,000 photos of The Runaways and the time period, and lined the makeup trailer walls with them, and categorized them into binders. [....] The Runaways were so iconic, it had to be done with precise detail. We even painted only one fingernail with polish on each of the girls, which was one of those little details we picked up on from the photos."

One thing this mag made me think about is how much artistry is involved in doing makeup for movies, and how little credit these folks get for the incredible work they do.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Last night, Creative Conversations met. We are a group of women visual artists and writers who gather on a regular basis to set goals and cheer each other on in our creative journeys. We also focus on specific topics like leveraging social networking, what it means to be visible, what is involved in collaborating with others.

Last night was a particularly wonderful meeting. It was a potluck supper, and one of the members brought an ice cream cake that read Creative Conversations. It was melting fast, so we had to stop our meeting to run and go eat it! I can think of worse things! :)

The cake seemed like the perfect way to celebrate our connections to one another - the trust and support we have built over time.

It is truly a gift and honor to be part of such a stellar group of women.

Monday, August 16, 2010


Most of the 14 year old young women in tv shows (especially on the Disney Channel) are usually shown fighting over guys or wearing enough makeup to be Vegas showgirls.

What a refreshing change to see a video pop up on tv about a young female athlete - Allysha Bergado. At 14 years old, she has been skateboarding professionally for two years now.

Here's a VIDEO INTERVIEW with Allysha on Utube.

Here is her BIO from the ESPN website.
Let's cheer on young women to be athletic and strong!

Friday, August 13, 2010


My heart was sinking little by little as I sat last night watching the finale of So You Think You Can Dance, the episode where they would reveal who is America's favorite dancer. Each of the judges gets to pick their favorite dance of the season, and that dance gets performed by the one or two folks who originally performed it. Almost every single number featured either one or two males from this seasons lineup of contestants. Even the guest dancers and music stars were guys.

Sexism is a big downer!

I had voted via phone for my favorite contestant, Lauren, thinking "Kent will probably win." But right as they were about to announce the winner, I thought there might be a chance for Lauren to come out victorious. I was right!

Lauren is absolutely amazing. She takes on each dance form with absolute skill and passion.
Kent was great, too, but lacked her depth.

Way to go, Lauren!!!!!!