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Student Spotlight: Emory Jones transforms people with makeup

Anjanae Crump, Editor-in-Chief

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Emory Jones, a senior majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing, brings characters to life both inside and outside of the classroom. With her special effects makeup skills, she is able to transform anyone into whatever persona they imagine. Jones shared her process with Driftwood.

 

AC: Anjanae Crump, Driftwood editor-in-chief

EJ: Emory Jones, Special effects (SFX) make-up artist

 

AC: How long have you been doing SFX makeup?

EJ: I first got into SFX makeup in high school. I took an intro theatre class, and they had a sort of crash course in SFX basics. …  My high school theatre teacher, Mr. Taylor of Flower Mound High School, got me started. After a couple weeks of learning about it, I started practicing at home on my own and just loved it. After high school, I taught myself through practice and YouTube videos mostly.

 

AC: What do you like about doing SFX makeup?

EJ: I love the creativity involved in doing SFX makeup. The ability to take a person’s face and change it into an optical illusion is something I find really fun.

 

AC: What kind of SFX do you do?

EJ: I do any and all aspects of SFX makeup, apart from large prosthetics. I work with scar wax, liquid latex, gelatin and I’m beginning to work with silicone as well. I am pretty good at recreating a picture if it is brought to me. Most of my jobs involve a client bringing me a photo of their desired finished product, then I demo the makeup on myself first to practice, and then I replicate the makeup onto my client’s face. I do partial face, full body, full face, small to large cuts and abrasions, and much more. Prices and services can be viewed on my Facebook page, Makeup by Emory.

 

AC: Out of curiosity, how do you remove SFX makeup? Is it difficult?

EJ: It’s not difficult at all. Most SFX products can be removed with warm water and soap. There are a few more difficult-to-remove body paints, but most of those dissolve in fats like coconut oil, olive oil, etc.

 

AC: For what clients, events, or other things are your services most demanded?

EJ: I have done everything from student films to children’s birthday parties. My more extensive jobs happen around Halloween. For example, this Halloween I had eight clients within a five-hour period who all wanted different variations of skulls and various wounds and whatnot. I’m doing more and more film now, which I love doing. Film is probably my favorite.

 

AC:  Where do you see yourself going with this talent?

EJ: I hope to work in more films as well as [do] freelance work. At this point, I’m just trying to build a portfolio and a recognizable brand. I’m working to make Emory Jones a household name in the SFX community.

 

AC: How can students contact you?

EJ: Anyone can contact me through my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, which are Facebook.com/EmoryJonesMUA and @EmoryJonesMUA on Instagram and Twitter.

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