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Louisiana film industry makeup artists, Makeup Art Academy offer makeup boot camps in June


Professional makeup artists Susan Spaid and Mary Resnik say it's time to train the next generation of artists for Louisiana's film industry. Spaid and Resnik, who each have been in the business for more than 25 years, started Makeup Art Academy (225-302-2993; and are hosting two weeklong boot camps in June, where students will learn everything from high-fashion makeup techniques to special effects for film, television and commercials. The women plan to open a permanent facility on the Northshore.

  "We're basically Hollywood now," says Spaid, who formerly operated Makeup Art studio and retail store on Maple Street. "I think it's going to get bigger and stay with this momentum."

  Each session, one student will be offered an internship in which they will have a chance to work on a live set with Resnik or Spaid.

  "I get calls all the time asking me, 'How do I get in (to the business)?'," Spaid says. "This internship is a chance for a student to experience being on set and seeing how things work."

  The boot camps are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 15-19 and June 22-26 at Hampton Inn & Suites (1201 Convention Center Blvd.). Tuition is $1,575 per session and includes a makeup kit. Sessions are limited to 10 or 12 students each.

  Spaid says students will learn how to transform characters through makeup, but also will receive tips about how to break into the business, proper etiquette on TV or film sets, hygiene practices, how to deal with skin and eye allergies, applying lashes, covering tattoos, putting on facial hair and more. Students also will learn about shading, camouflaging flaws and dealing with different skin types, and Spaid and Resnik will recommend products.

  Makeup lessons will cover applying fashion makeup for high-definition filming, aging techniques, bullet holes, blisters, burns, bruises, black eyes, wounds, charred flesh and zombie looks.

  "I love what I do and I've done it a long time," Spaid says. "I want to teach people all I've learned, and this five-day boot camp will let someone walk on a set and have a really good start." — KANDACE POWER GRAVES

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