Nuala Campbell will be the new kid on the block at an international make up artists convention in Los Angeles this month.
The Belfast based entrepreneur, who runs the only film, TV and stage training academy of its kind in Northern Ireland, received a personal invitation to the IMATS (International Make Up Artist Trade Show) from the organisers who have not invited ‘a new outsider’ to participate in a number of years.
Nuala, who founded Titanic Creative Management will be one of 75 exhibitors from across the globe at the annual event from January 15-17.
Accompanying Nuala at the exhibition, as well as her colleague Erika Clark, will be a specially commissioned live ‘Irish Banshee’ who will be transformed by primetime EMMY nominated make up artist Brian Kinney, famed for his make up on Hunger Games films Mockingjay Parts I and II, during the three day show.
The inspiration for the banshee came about following the creation of a unique style of prosthetic grade gelatine exclusively produced at Titanic Creative Management’s south Belfast workshop late last year.
Nuala said: “It’s an honour to be invited to the globally recognised IMATS and when we were thinking about how best to show potential customers what our gelatine can do we decided that having it applied by an EMMY nominated make up artist was the best way to showscase its uniqueness and bring it to life.”
Nuala has enlisted the help of Game of Thrones and Harry Potter mould maker Dan Frye, sculptor Don Lanning, who has worked on Star Trek, Grey’s Anatomy and Pirates of the Caribbean and wig maker Andrew Whiteoak who has styled the likes of Rupert Everett, Stephanie Beacham and Gary Barlow, over the past month to create the masterpiece for pitching to what is probably one of the toughest markets in the industry.
Nuala added: “I’m still pinching myself. What we have achieved in a short year is unimaginable. To be the only Irish company invited to participate at the IMATS is beyond anything we could have dreamed of when I set up Titanic Creative Management last year.”
On her return from LA, Nuala says she will be back to work at the Ormeau Road academy for elite makeup artists, hairdressers and costumiers for TV, film and stage giving young people the training they need to break into the industry.
The next training session will be a mould-making workshop with international prosthetic artist, Dan Frye who is currently working on the Titanic Creative Management Irish Banshee.
The course will start on Monday January 25 and there are a very limited number places still available.