Jenna learned everything she knows about SFX Makeup from books, the internet and from trial and error. This self-taught makeup artist from Austin, Texas sculpts with foam latex and airbrushing. Jenna is an ovarian cancer survivor. See Jenna on SYFY’S HIT COMPETITION SERIES “FACE OFF” TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 AT 9 PM ET/PT
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE SYFY FACE OFF CHALLENGE AND WHAT WAS THE PROCESS LIKE GOING IN?
I had been a makeup artist for a long time. It happened at a time when I had just been diagnosed with cancer and was going through a divorce and lost my 9-5 job.
ALL AT THE SAME TIME?
All at the same time. I had given up makeup, and I was trying to survive, see how I could stay on my feet. So makeup took a back seat.
WHEN YOU SAY MAKEUP, DO YOU MEAN SPECIAL EFFECTS OR REGULAR MAKEUP?
All of the above. I do every kind of makeup there is. But I didn’t have a lot of confidence because of all that was happening to me. One night, I saw a commercial on the SyFy Channel, and I thought “Oh my gosh, is that a makeup competition show?” So I waited until the show came on, watched it, and thought “Oh, I can so do that.”
I BELIEVE YOU. I SAW THE APE YOU JUST MADE. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY SPECTACULAR. (see slider below)
I got the application for season 2, and I chickened out. Season 3 came around, I auditioned for it, although they said they really liked me, I wasn’t picked. That was a Friday. I contacted the casting agent and asked when they were auditioning for season 4. She said it was Monday.
I immediately went and sculpted what I was going to do for my audition tape. I cast in foam latex, found someone to shoot the video, and had it turned in by Monday or Tuesday. I wasn’t messing around this time.
WHAT DID YOU MAKE FOR THE AUDITION?
Because of the time constraint, that prosthetic ended up not quite the way I wanted. It had an air pocket in the nose area, but I worked with it enough to make it look right.
SHE LOOKS AMAZING. SHE’S LIZARD-Y AND FISH-Y. WHAT ARE THOSE THINGS ON HER HEAD?
They are spines. The story behind it, is that when she made a kill, her spines would adorned with various jewels.
HER SKIN IS MOTTLED LIKE A GIRAFFE…
Those are age spots. She’s very old.
WHO IS THE MODEL, SOMEBODY YOU KNOW?
Actually, that’s me.
ISN’T THAT UNUSUAL, A SYFY ARTIST WHO CAN DO AN EFFECT ON HERSELF. ISN’T THAT HARDER?
It is incredibly hard
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THIS?
Off and on for about 17 years.
“THE SEARCH IS BACK ON FOR THE NEXT GREAT ARTIST IN MOVIE MAKEUP MAGIC”
ARE YOU WORKING ON SOMETHING RIGHT NOW?
I’m working on getting some makeups designed for some trade shows that are coming up. There’s a wide range of trade shows and horror conventions. I will be going to Los Angeles on January 19th and 20th to participate in the IMATS – The International Makeup Artists Trade Show.
Also, I’m going to begin a big robotic suit, I haven’t made one before. It’s interesting, and it will be very time-consuming. It’s “Relic” from Dawn of War.
TELL ME ABOUT SCARE FOR A CURE
It’s an interactive haunted adventure, like Dungeon’s and Dragons in a haunted house. The guests come in on a mission to find various things that can defeat the bad guy. The proceeds are donated to various cancer-related charites. You can find out more at www.scareforacure.org.
Fourteen Aspiring Special Effects Makeup Artists Join Host McKenzie Westmore and Returning Judges Ve Neill, Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page
World-Renowned Hollywood Makeup Artist Michael Westmore Joins Series As Contestant Mentor
NEW YORK – December 3, 2012 – Syfy’s most popular unscripted series, Face Off, returns for its fourth season Tuesday, January 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The season will
introduce a highly creative group of special effects make-up artists who will meet face to face in Los Angeles to compete in a series of challenges that will ultimately determine just who has the artistry and passion to win Face Off.
Face Off is an authentic depiction of the high creative standards necessary for a special effects make-up artist to succeed in their craft. The series debuted in January 2011 as a new reality competition program to critical and ratings success. Season three of Face Off averaged 1.5 million viewers 18-49 and 2.5 million total viewers, making it the #2 cable program in its time period in the key 18-49 demo.
Returning to the lab for the new season is actress and host McKenzie Westmore, along with judges Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, The Amazing Spider-Man, Pirates of the
Caribbean), Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, The Hunger Games, Heroes) and Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus).
Joining the series as the official contestant mentor is world-renowned Hollywood makeup artist, Michael Westmore. Westmore is a member of a makeup dynasty that
dates back to Hollywood’s golden age. Westmore has earned a record 42 Emmy nominations and nine wins. The Motion Picture Academy has honored him with four
nominations and the Oscar in 1986 for his artistry on the film Mask starring Cher and Eric Stoltz. In addition, Westmore supervised 18 years of Star Trek. He is also the proud father of Face Off host, McKenzie Westmore.
The guest judges on tap for season four bring their perspective and expertise to the challenges and judging panel, with such top industry names as Bryan Singer, Gale Anne Hurd, John Landau, Michael Nankin and John Rhys-Davies.
The level of makeup and skill continues to be raised as this season the contestants are challenged to create fantasy goblin kings, original comic book superheroes, delicious candy creatures, two-headed giants inspired by Bryan Singers’ Jack the Giant Killer, the contestants must display an ability to move quickly and under pressure with constant surprises, twists and turns.
The Face Off contestants will be whittled down week by week as they compete to outshine their competition. The winning artist will receive $100,000, a 2013 Fiat 500, and will also be given the opportunity to become a guest lecturer at the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academies in New York and Paris.
To meet the cast of season four, see photo galleries and video, visit www.syfy.com.
Photography and bios are also available at www.nbcumv.com. Following are the season
four Face Off contestants:
Alam Park, 25 – Seattle, WA
Alexandra McCoy, 31 – Orlando, FL
Autumn Cook, 35 – Pittsburgh, PA
David “House” Greathouse, 41 – Hometown, Cleveland, OH; Resides in
Eric Fox, 37 – Hometown, Georgia; Resides in Riverside, CA
Eric Zapata, 22 – Hometown, Victoria, TX; Resides in Austin, TX
J. Anthony Kosar, 26 – Hometown, Lisle, IL; Resides in Westmont, IL
Jenna Green, 40 – Hometown, Sacramento, CA; Resides in Buda, TX
Katherine “Katie” Machiek, 26 – Hometown, Owls Head, ME; Resides in Los
Kristian Kobzina, 41 – El Segundo, CA
Meagan Hester, 29 – Hometown, Ossining, NY; Resides in NY, NY
Michael Garcia, 31 – Austin, TX
Troy Rivers, 34 – Hometown, Indianapolis, IN; Resides in Avon, IN
Wayne Anderson, 27 – Hometown, Fort Meyers, FL; Resides in Fullerton, CA
Face Off is a production of Mission Control Media with Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton serving as executive producers.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)