Danny has done some interesting things with prosthetics, leading with fashion and high concept looks and bringing appliance work into the mix.
Most demonstrations at trade shows involving appliances are showing just the tail end of a much longer hidden process which perhaps isn’t at all evident in the final piece. It’s nice to hear about what happens in the lead up to such a thing.
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As with many artists sealed tight with Non-Disclosure Agreements on professional projects, trade shows offer a real opportunity to try something new and experiment with ideas and processes without the risk of shooting days or high-stakes schedules.
We chat with Danny about her influences, approach and work ethic and get into some pretty useful stuff. For example, Danny keeps records of makeup applications and lists what was used, including techniques, materials and products as well as notes on what well and what didn’t.
The result after a number of years is a great resource which will supply a record of a journey, as well as a very practical guide to your own best practice for similar jobs in the future.
It takes a deal of humility to acknowledge what didn’t work and address those shortcomings. It is also good practice to acknowledge what did work and take note of what went well.
It is easy to become automatically self-critical as a default position, but the ability to have genuine regard for your own work, objectively seeing good and bad and using them both as a guide to improvement is a useful tool.
It was a great chat and we got fired up as you’ll hear.
Links to things mentioned in this episode
(summary: Every new project (or career or relationship) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point – really hard, really not fun. At this point you might be in a Dip, which will get better if you keep pushing, or a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better no matter how hard you try. The hard part is knowing the difference and acting on it.)
Science Kits for kids: https://www.robocube.co.uk/collections/stem-kits
We mention a popular chain of hardware stores in the UK called B&Q, the name is an acronym of the original owners’ names, Block and Quayle. In the US, Home Depot would be an equivalent. If you have been on the hunt for unusual uses for conventional materials, then you may be familiar with the odd looks when responding to enquiries.
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