Category: School

December 12, 2014

Industry Speaks: Make-up Artist Jordu Schell

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Contributor: Svenya Nimmons They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, but in the case of Jordu Schell, what frightens you, makes you create an imagination of your own.  At a young age, he gasped at an image of someone being chased in a movie and his mother quickly shut the television off.  Fearful…

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December 10, 2014

Industry Speaks: Don Lanning

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  “If you feel you are an artist, you owe it to yourself to be an artist.” Don Lanning Don Lanning was born in Van Nuys, California in the heart of Hollywood’s creature effects community. With early heroes Dick Smith, John Chambers, Stan Winston, Rick Baker and Rob Bottin as guides, Don started sculpting creatures…

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October 3, 2014

Industry Speaks: Jamie Kelman

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Contributor: Jarrell Mosely If you arrived late to Make-up designory’s Industry Speaks spotlighting Jamie Kelman (, finding an empty seat was not going to be easy. The crowd of MUD graduates, students and staff were unquestionably there to see Kelman and understandably so. He’s a skillful special make-up effects artist, an inspiration and a superb…

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September 10, 2014

MUD at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

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Contributor: Stacia McCarthy The Art Institute of New York City partnered with  Make-up Designory to debut their Spring 2015 designs at New York’s prestigious Mercedes Benz fashion week.  The two schools were in good company, earlier in the day the tents featured names like Tory Burch, Badgley Mischka, and Pamela Roland to name a few….

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August 6, 2014

Industry Speaks: Ashley Joy Beck

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Having worked on everything from Cirque du Soleil to Fashion Editorials and Music Videos (the list of credits goes on and on) Miss Beck returns to MUD after graduating from the Special Make-up Effects Course in 2008. She visited MUD to demonstrate her “DreamWeaver” character that was inspired by the Native American dream catcher and…

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July 31, 2014

Remembering Dick Smith

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“Dick Smith died last night…” The first words I hear from my wife as I roll awake. I lay there trying to digest the words and acknowledge the emotional impact that will befall me, my friends, my students, my peers, my heroes and my industry. I never knew the man well enough to call him…

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July 28, 2014

Industry Speaks: Todd McIntosh

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  Interviewed by Deverill Weekes, Article by Myrna Martinez Todd McIntosh is a believer—a believer in theatre and movie make-up magic, a believer in an artistic hand that has been touched by a higher power—a believer in knowing every aspect of make-up artistry is the key to no-missed opportunities. When the key that unlocked your life’s…

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July 24, 2014

MUD Alumni on Face Off Season 7

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Contributor: Stacia McCarthy, MUD NY MUD Celebrates the premier of the Syfy show Face Off which featured two of its Graduates. Honorees were Rachael Wagner a 2012 graduate of MUD’s Master Make-up Artistry Program and Stella Sensel a 2012 graduate also from the Master Make-up Artistry Program. The event took place this Wednesday evening at…

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July 16, 2014

MUD Welcomes Partner School Tennessee School of Beauty

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MUD welcomes Tennessee School of Beauty as an official MUD Partner School offering our studio courses: Beauty Essentials, Airbrush, High Fashion Beauty Trends, Special Make-up Effects and more, through their trained experts at their highly respected school in Knoxville, TN. Named “Best Beauty School in Knoxville” 21 years in a row, it is clear that their dedication…

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June 30, 2014

Industry Speaks: Special Make-up FX Artist Norman Cabrera

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“Never be discouraged…” This was just one of many pieces of advice that Norman Cabrera gave to a room full of peers, fans, MUD students, graduates, and aspiring make-up artists attending Make-up Designory’s Industry Speaks. With over 20 years of special make-up FX experience and a resume that is just as tall as he is,…

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