Even if you don't know her, I'm sure you've seen her work. Kim Greene, a seasoned Makeup Artist with over 50+ projects for TV and Film listed on IMDb. With this kind of time in the industry, her knowledge and experience has to be enough to change lives. I was introduced to Kim through The Makeup Show. As a growing artist, I am always looking to learn and what better way to do it than by studying the journey of others.
I reached out to Kim via email a while back and asked her to do an interview:
1. How did you get your start in the beauty industry? At what point did you begin working in film?
I come from a family of artists so I got lucky and art is in my genes. I knew I wanted to be in the Entertainment industry and went to college and majored in Television and Film with a minor in Art and Theater. I truly didn't know what area of entertainment I would end up in. When I got out of school I moved to Texas where at that time the economy was booming. One of my first jobs was as a PA at the local channel 13 and I tried out a number of jobs there. One day I noticed a makeup artist applying makeup to our Newscaster and it just clicked. I thought, "I want to do THAT!" I ended up going to LA for the summer and studying with Vincent Kehoe of RCMA. I went back to Texas and started telling my clients that I was a makeup artist now. They gave me a chance and I started building my resume with industrial and print jobs. A couple of years later the film "JFK" came to town and with persistence and sheer determination I got hired by Ron Berkeley to work as a day player. Ron ended up being my mentor when I move to L.A.. Looking back I know that he is the reason I have the career that I have. He not only taught me how to be a good makeup artist but about professionalism and integrity.
2. What inspires you as a Makeup Artist and Entrepreneurial?
Growing up with parents who loved art and film made a huge impact on me. I am inspired by creativity of all kinds; theater, dance, books, paintings, film, television. Even the most basic drawing from a child when done from the heart inspires me. I once saw a young woman ballet dancing at a Grateful Dead concert. It had been raining and there was a mist in the air. She was soaking wet doing pirouettes and grand jetes barefoot in the mud surrounded by hippies gyrating and twirling to the music. I carry that image with me when I need inspiration. Art is everywhere.
3. How long have you been working in the film industry?
I started in print and industrial but my first feature film was a less than a million dollar independent film produced and directed by Fred Williamson called "Steele's Law". It came out in 1991. I think we shot it in 1988 or 89.
4. To date, how many films have you worked on?
I just counted on IMDB and it has 50+ films and tv shows on there.
5. Tell us about the Kim Greene Line?
I was always looking for theperfect bag to keep all my stuff in. It drove me nuts having to dig around in dark canvas bags to find the product or products I needed. I literally woke up from a dream with a bag design in my head. It was made of clear plastic with lots of outer pockets so I could get to my stuff quickly. I knew I had something! I ended up adding colors so I could color code and made sure the bags were durable and sturdy. I have 2 bag designs. The Premier is a set or female actor bag and the Essential is great for making kits, as a male actor bag. Both are great for travel. I really get a huge kick out of seeing other artists on sets using my bags. It's still amazes me that I was able to create these bags from an idea. I'm proud of them.
6. What are your 5 must have products?
1. A great cosmetic bag. Of course that's gonna be my number one! lol
2. A well pigmented concealer that blends into your skin
3. Mascara that doesn't run or smear
4. A sharp and effective tweezer
5. Good makeup brushes
7. What advice would share with aspiring makeup artists?
Be professional. Be invested and present. Have fun and laugh often.