Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Dallas, TX. After turning 18, I actually moved around the country for a few years, living in several states, before settling down here in Austin, TX, where my family is originally from.
Were you involved in theatre when you were in high school? Any past theatre experience on stage or behind the scenes?
I have never actually been involved in any theater production before attending ACC. I grew up studying film production, but my heart always yearned for being with all the theater kids. Getting to be part of a production like The Snow has been a new and exciting experience for me.
Why did you decide to pursue a career in theatre? What areas are you exploring?
I am an artist at heart. I spent many of my years pursuing things that didn’t make me happy and I finally decided to live the life I’ve dreamt of, which is making art. Once I started my studies, I realized how many job opportunities a career like this can bring. I can find a job as a makeup artist, wig maker/stylist, costume designer, etc., and I have a love for each of these areas.
Can you tell us a bit about your design process?
I like to personally connect with each design I come up with. I use a lot of emotion in my work, always trying to convey a feeling in my creations. Taking instances of life and correlating it to a design has a powerful impact. Telling a story is always the goal.
What were the reasons you decided to enroll in the AAS Degree Certificate program at Austin Community College?
Several years ago, I stumbled across a little television program called RuPaul’s Drag Race. The outfits, the makeup, the wig, I was mesmerized by the beauty, and all I could think of was creating works of art like the ones I was seeing. I wanted to learn how to sew and make outfits, I wanted to learn makeup, and how to make and style wigs. When I read about ACC and their programs, I found that they have classes for all of these subjects. I couldn’t sign up fast enough! I am on my 3rd semester and I am loving every minute of it. I also find that the things I am learning go outside of what I initially wanted, drag. Opportunities for theater productions, filming, and fashion shows; the skills I am learning can be applied to so many different jobs, which is very exciting.
What Certificate are you pursuing?
I am pursuing the Makeup Artistry and Costume Technology Certificates
Any favorite classes in the Drama Department and why? Important things you have learned so far?
I especially loved the Wig Construction class. It is definitely not for everyone, but it was something I certainly enjoyed. I learned how to sew in weft hair, ventilate, dye, and style hair. I also really enjoy the makeup classes. I am currently learning how to make prosthetics, which is something I have been eagerly awaiting! And lastly the sewing classes. To create something from nothing has been an exciting process and journey. I am always proud of what I have created.