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Patty Bunch, Make-up Artist

Three times Emmy nominated Make-up Artist Patty Bunch, is among the most requested names in her field. She is highly respected for her artistry, skills and knowledge accumulated during her 35-year career as a Make-up Artist, master educator and esthetician. She joins the TV & Cinema Academy as Master for the TV series module.

Patty Bunch, Make-up Artist

What’s extremely gratifying is after a 35 years I’m still being requested to work with some the most talented, gifted people in our industry.

Patty Bunch, Make-up Artist

Three times Emmy nominated Make-up Artist Patty Bunch, is among the most requested names in her field. She is highly respected for her artistry, skills and knowledge accumulated during her 35-year career as a Make-up Artist, master educator and esthetician. She joins the TV & Cinema Academy as Master for the TV series module.

What would be your Definition of a Make-up Artist?

A Make-up Artist is a Therapist with a brush.

Do you think there is a difference between a general Make-up Artist and a Cinema Make-up Artist?

Positively. A general Make-up Artist concentrates on one area of artistry and a Cinema artist needs to be fully equipped with knowledge to perform any task with extreme skill, the ability to work with others, leadership skills, set etiquette, and stamina. The most difficult challenge is to understand that the camera sees every stroke of the brush. Knowing that make-up should not be seen unless it is scripted, like good camera work or any other craft it disappears into the whole picture and is never noticed.

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 draw to becoming a Make-up Artist was my fascination of transformation but the desire came from pure survival. I wanted a career and didn’t want to be one of those people searching for something they’d love to do all their lives.
What I’m most fond of in this industry is the feeling of family. No matter what project I’m working on or how long, working with great talented people in all departments, above and below the line, is extremely rewarding. You have the opportunity to create long lasting relationships. The bonus is the satisfaction I get from helping to create characters that are seen by millions.

What are the basic requirements to be a Make-up Artist in the movie industry?

Be prepared, know your script and demonstrate powerful leadership skills by setting a pleasant and stress free atmosphere. Your knowledge and collective information on each and every actor will put them and production at ease just knowing you have done your research and will do what it takes to complete the project.
Play close attention to your hygiene both personal and professionally, more importantly, your state of mind, body and spirit. Never bring your personal problems into the work place.

What are you the most proud of in your career?

I’m most proud of the longevity and respectability I’ve gained in my career. When I first started the men ruled in Hollywood. Women were hairstylists and Men were Make-up Artist. I rode the first wave in and capitalized on every opportunity. I worked hard and proud of the fact that I helped others ride that wave as well. One day while strolling in one of our make-up stores a group of artists was saying, “There she is!” I turned to see whom they were speaking of and all eyes were on me. They said, “That’s Patty Bunch.” I was shocked and honored. I had a name!
What’s extremely gratifying is after a 35 years I’m still being requested to work with some the most talented, gifted people in our industry.

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

I suppose that’s true but it really is how you look at it? What are they looking for? If you’re looking for the red carpet, then becoming an actor is what you want. If you want a large paycheck, then focus on directing, writing and producing. But if you want to do something that you have an affinity for, exploring your creativity, connecting with interesting people, then becoming a successful Make-up Artist is all the gratification you’ll need. If you honor and respect your craft and do it to the best of your ability, everything else will fall into place. Fame and respect will be at your fingertips with so many opportunities of recognition.

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

Extraordinary! Extraordinary people sharing extraordinary information; The TV and Cinema Academy is a link to knowledge from all over the world, joining countries in education and the opportunity to share exclusives and superior artistry.

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