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Leonard Engelman, Makeup Artist June 16, 2014

One of the most sought after makeup artists in Hollywood, Leonard Engelman has been working professionally as a makeup artist for over fifty years. Leonard joins the TV & Cinema Academy as Cinema Master.

Leonard Engelman, Makeup Artist

I try to give back by teaching and helping to train the makeup artists of the future.

Leonard Engelman, Makeup Artist

June 16, 2014

One of the most sought after makeup artists in Hollywood, Leonard Engelman has been working professionally as a makeup artist for over fifty years. Leonard joins the TV & Cinema Academy as Cinema Master.

What would be your Definition of a Makeup Artist?

A makeup artist in the film industry is a story teller. The makeup artist helps define the look, the health, the age, the period, the beauty or lack of, of the characters on screen. The makeup artist is a coordinator with the director, actors, hairstylist, and costumer to bring the most accurate characters to view.

What brought you to this industry? What are you the most fond of in this industry, is it relationships with actors, directors, producers, the transformation that you can operate on characters, …?

My interest and passion to become a makeup artist came from my father who was a makeup artist. He died when I was eleven. I played and experimented with the products in his makeup cases and by thirteen knew that I wanted to be a makeup artist. I was extremely fortunate to have a three year apprenticeship at Universal Studios at the start of my career.
One of the great rewards for me as a makeup artist is seeing the film’s character come to life in the makeup chair and then on the set. Often you are with these created characters for months which can lead to pleasant and loyal friendships.

What are the basic requirements to be a makeup artist in the movie industry?

The underlying requirements to be an excellent makeup artist in the movie industry are to: have a passion for what you are doing; enjoy what you are doing; always strive to make your work better; continue to learn; develop an eye for balance, blend, and definition; practice, practice, practice, and practice.

What are the most proud of in your career?

I am proud of many things through my career. There are many films I have worked on that are remembered and talked about today along with the characters in those films. I have worked for the recognition of makeup as an art and the makeup artist as the artist through involvement with the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild, Local 706, The Television Academy, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where I am the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch Chairman, Governor, and Vice President of the Academy. Through many venues I try to give back by teaching and helping to train the makeup artists of the future.

Some MUA in USA and in Europe say that MUA are not enough recognized in the industry, do you agree?

I think overall makeup artists are recognized for their contributions to the motion picture industry. Continued recognition comes from those makeup artist who excel in their craft, work fluidly on set with other departments, help advice the production staff as to how the work flow can be best, see to it that the actors leave the makeup trailer looking great as their character and happy, respect other makeup artists, and handle themselves always in a professional manner both in appearance and attitude.

What is your first impression of our TV and Cinema Academy project?

My first impression of the TV & Cinema Academy is the passion of everyone involved to make the Academy as strong and creative as possible. The curriculum and class structure along with great teachers will help to build strong future makeup artist. I love the fact that the classes are in the midst of other craft learning area as well as actual filming area. It is more important than ever for all crafts in the industry to be educated in “What Is Makeup”.

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