PMAC | 2017 Atlanta Pro Makeup Artist Conference & Expo > Our Panelists
Yvonne has been doing makeup for over 10years. Not only is Yvonne a seasoned makeup Artist she is also a Philanthropist. Yvonne is responsible to doing New York Times #1 Best Selling book “Think Like a Man”. Her TV experience includes but it not limited to The House of Payne, The Walking Dead, The Ricky Smiley Show and Necessary Roughness. Her Movie credentials are Tyler Perry’s why did I Get Married TWO, Medea Goes to Jail, American Pie Reunion and Let the Church Say Amen. Even with her busy schedule Yvonne works with the department of labor, helping women find employment and gain self-confidence with their appearance.
Darla Wigley is a self taught ball of fire with an ever vibrant zeal for the makeup arts. Her 20 years of experience in the fields of special effects and beauty makeup have span from Seattle to Key West. Darla runs a full service studio for film, TV and indie projects, creating everything from basic makeup looks to prosthetics, masks and props. Constantly honing her skills, Darla has even developed her own retail line of prosthetics. Equally skilled in all types of makeup, Horror is dearest to Darla and has brought her quite renown within the haunt industry. She is a regular speaker at haunt tradeshows and seminars. Taking on the task of Key Makeup Artist for a local haunted house, she has taught the team the skills necessary to take them from just a local haunt to a national acclaimed haunted attraction. Darla sees a makeup artist not as someone that just does makeup adding colors to the skin. She sees an artist as one who lives within their craft creating skilled adventures into fantasy, horror and beauty. She loves teaching her skills and visions to others.
Nyssa Green is owner of The Green Room Agency and multiple Emmy Award winning makeup artist. Her firm represents a host of talented pros in hair, makeup, and wardrobe that work in all aspects of media. Starting out as an award winning hairstylist, Nyssa eventually took an interest in makeup. With a fierce mix of curiosity and tenacity she has become a top makeup artist, industry expert, and TV personality. As a reliable and creative source, clients like MTV, BET, HGTV, and CNN have trusted her to create looks for their shows. Her work has been in publications such as People, Upscale, Real Simple, Charisma, and The Atlantan. Her skill and ingenuity have led her to work with singers, athletes, actors and more, including: Ana Ortiz, Sheryl Underwood, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, U.S. Presidents, Dr. Oz, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Ryan Seacrest, and many, many more! In addition to running the agency, and working as an artist, Nyssa makes regular appearances on WXIA’s Atlanta &Co. to discuss, fashion and beauty, and on WGCL to present her “Local Love” segment. She is the former host of TV One's hit show, "Makeover Manor", Macy’s Fashion Challenge host, and contributor for several magazines and blogs.
Buffie Purselle Like the latest “it” bag, Buffie Purselle makes personal finance and tax compliance fashionable. With over 18 years of personal finance experience, Buffie is a powerhouse and demystifies the daunting world of taxes and personal finance with skilled, practical and sassy guidance. Buffie is also a recognized and respected business consultant, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. Some of the companies in the Buffie, LLC family include: Buffie the Tax Heiress, a chain of tax and accounting practices; The Creative Artist Group, a business management and concierge service for busy Film and TV creatives; Crawl Before You Ball, a personal and business financial management company and Heiress Consulting, a marketing, branding and advertising firm for small business owners. Buffie is often seen weekly on Atlanta and national media outlets as a highly sought after tax and personal finance expert. She recently joined forces with WSB Channel 2 and HLN Consumer Advisor Clark Howard to help taxpayers with end of season tax tips and advice. Buffie also made her network television debut on the The Partner (CNBC) on March 7, 2017, where she will be competing to become star and host of The Profit Marcus Lemonis’ business partner.
A celebrated makeup artist, Janice is leveling the playing field for women of color to achieve their highest level of beauty with an arsenal of beautiful color palettes and the coveted knowledge of how-to use them. Tunnell's background spans many facets of entertainment including film, television, print and videos and she is bringing her tricks of the trade to the world for everyone to enjoy. Janice's goal , as a makeup artist, is to teach her clients how to achieve their greatest level of beauty through knowing thier skin well enough to select the best shades and understanding application techniques to achieve a stunning and flawless look. As a makeup artist to the stars of film and television, Janice consults with clients whose livelihood hinges on their looks. She boasts an impressive list of film credits including, The Wedding Crashers, National Treasure, XXX 2: State of The Union, The Gospel, Step Up I & II, The Visiting, Stomp the Yard I & II, The Notebook, and more. Tunnell's experience in television includes high profile programs such as The Grammy Awards, The Stellar Awards, The Preakness Stakes for ESPN, The NBA All Star Games, BET, MTV, VH1, HBO as well as several noted commercials. Her clients include Carmello Anthony, Brandy, Destiny’s Child, Kerry Washington, Laz Alonso, Yolanda Adams, Dan Marino,Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Kmart, Nike, NAACP, Budweiser, and Brand Jordan, just to name a few. She also has assisted some of the greatest makeup artists in the industry, including, Reggie Wells, Oprah Winfrey’s personal artist. When asked why so many film studios and celebrities trust her expertise, she explains "For me giving advice and helping people is the most joyous thing in the world. When I'm called to do a job, I do it with perfection, but what I like to do is leave my clients with the knowledge of how to do it for them selves in everyday life. I make clients 'beauty experts' in their own right." Janice Tunnell earned a degree in Accounting & Business Management from North Carolina State University and studied makeup at Von Lee School of Aesthetics. She honed her skills working with various cosmetic lines such as Bobbi Brown, Tony & Tina, and Smashbox Cosmetics. She also has offered her masterful skills at several New York and LA Fashion Week events. Janice along with her sister produce and host, Beauty Talk, an online radio show and web series, that both seeks to inspire, educate, and uplift. Stay tuned, there is more to come.
Jillian Green has diverse experience consulting business owners with a common thread ~ driving success and growth. Her specialty areas include business, branding, liability insurance, wellness, and the beauty market. She works with Beauty Insurance Plus and regularly speaks at conventions and holds industry webinars to help educate and support the independent professional from setting up their business, reducing business risk, to driving continual growth.
Over the last 16 years Roy has been key in helping to develop one of the haunt industries best make-up departments. Netherworld is known as one of the top haunted houses in the country. In 2012 Roy appeared as a contestant on Syfy’s number one reality show “Face Off” where he received the title “King of Fabrication” after creating some of season 3’s most memorable creations. Most notable wins were the robot suit made for the “Star Wars “ challenge, the “Red Queen” for the “Alice in Zombieland “ challenge and the demon ”Chaos” for the “Supermobile” challenge. In 2013 Roy returned to “Face Off” for season 5 “Vets vs Rookies”. Today Roy continues to work for Netherworld and spends his spare time making masks, prosthetics and props for the haunted house industry, instructing others who have the desire to make monsters at conventions and workshops, creating make-ups for low budget films, building custom props and costumes, and airbrush body art for fashion shows, parties and print.
Matt Silva Bio Matt Silva is a Special Effects Makeup Artist and Co-owner/CFO of Blue Whale Studio, Inc. where Matt and his team make speciality props, costumes and special effects related goods for film, tv, theme parks and video game companies. Matt learned makeup special effects as an apprentice for Bill Johnson as well as mentors, Ken Diaz, David Presto and Ed Henriques. His talent as sculptor, painter, mold maker and silicone casting keeps him in high demand and his work can be seen in Black Panther, Allegiant, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Vampire Diaries and The Walking Dead.
Gaby's love of make-up artistry started off at a very young age. As a little girl she would sit at the edge of the tub to watch her mother do her older sisters make-up for special occasions. It was there that she knew she wanted to pursue a career and create her craft in make-up artistry. She went on to study with every avenue she could. She learned from her love of books, interning, university, workshop classes and the "school of hard knocks." Her love of this craft keeps her busy with staying up to date and continuing education of the latest techniques,styles and products.
A late bloomer to the game, she didn’t start wearing makeup until she was 21 and like any addiction, once you start you just can’t get enough! She experimented with all brands of makeup and mastered her skill and technique over the years by picking out only the BEST tips and advice gifted to her by the best artist in the industry. Now with her celebrity clientele under her brush belt and prestigious reputation within the industry Seidah Nichols is one of the most sought after makeup artist in the country. She is most known for her professionalism and accuracy for bringing her clients vision to life whether it be a bride or a film director. Specializing in camera ready looks, her celebrity clientele have graced the red carpet scene flawlessly. Her brides are extremely grateful to find someone who seamlessly executes the perfect look for their very special day! Directors and photographers appreciate her attention to detail along with her outstanding work ethic and efficient results. But overall anyone who works with Seidah LOVE her charismatic, vibrant energy she brings to every project!
Through his hard and exceptional work, Keitric Starks has propelled himself as an independent entity in the makeup industry for over 15 years. His extensive list of clientele include Anika Noni- Rose, LisaRaye McCoy, Tasha Smith, Sharon Leal, Stacey Dash, Lauren London, and Oprah Winfrey just to name a few. His distinguishing work can be seen in film on Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, Anchorman 2 , and the anticipated upcoming sequel to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire . Keitric has worked on popular television shows such as Single Ladies on VH1, and the OWN Network’s For Better or Worse , and The Haves and The Have Nots. His work has been showcased on numerous televised commercials and on magazine covers. Always learning and evolving, Keitric shows no sign of slowing down and continues to strategize building his brand into a full beauty enterprise.
Behind every beautiful face lies a great makeup artist. Every fabulous magazine cover is a great Makeup Artist. The stunning look in a commercial and editorial is a great Makeup Artist and one of those great Makeup Artist is Natalie Spencer. Natalie has been the Makeup Artist for the following celebrities: Usher, Ciara, Raven Symone, Dr. Cindy Trimm, Bill Cosby and Cee Cee Winans to name a few. Her magazine covers includes but is not limited to; People Magazine, Essence Magazine, Black Hair Sophisicates, Ebony, Jet and Mazza Hair International Magazine. Natalie whose wand is her makeup brush, transforms faces to stand out on CNN (the Howard Stern show), FOX 5, MTV Made, Harpo Studios, Budweiser, Coke a cola, Turner Classical movies, Walmart, BET, TBN,WSB, Chevrolet and Revlon. Natalie’s talents expand into hair as well giving a total polished look. Natalie teaches makeup at Gwynnis Mosby’s makeup academy offering others the knowledge and opportunity to expand their talents.
Marnie, a licensed cosmetologist, is also a professional makeup artist, having studied at Cinema Secrets and Vidal Sassoon. Marnie has worked extensively as a key makeup artist and hair stylist for Universal Studios and with the Cimarron Group, and has worked for numerous photographic studios including work with Kevin Hecht, Nadine Belford and Evan MacKenzie. She has also worked with film and television stars such as Nick Cannon and John Cryer. In addition to her years as a film and photographic makeup artist, Marnie has served as a beauty advisor and manager for Lancôme and Prescriptives. Marnie currently serves as the Makeup Specialist at Paul Mitchell The School Atlanta.
Selena is an incredibly talented makeup artist, makeup artistry instructor and speaker besides being an licenced skin care expert and a makeup and fashion stylist. Her 20 year career includes working on feature films such as, "The Hunger Games", "Pirates of the Caribbean", "2 Fast 2 Furious", "Miami Vice", "Passenger 57", "Major Payne", "Ray", "Ace Ventura 2", "Problem Child 2", "Edward Scissorhands", and many more. She has also worked on sets of television shows such as, "The Vampire Diaries", "All My Children", Tyler Perry's "Meet The Browns", just to name a few. Her career has taken her from, the Department Store Beauty Advisior, to Print, TV Commericals, TV Movies, Music Videos, Stage, Fashion Runway, to the Opera. Some of the Celebrities, she has applied, makeup's for are: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kelly Ripa, Madeline Stowe, Shaquille O'Neal, Wesley Snipes, Celine Dion, Woody Harrelson, Kat Graham and the list goes on.
Brandy Kevin Russell As an International Makeup Artist with over two decades of experience in the beauty industry, Brandy combines strong attention to detail and superior work ethic with a solid combination of skills that include building rapport with clients while establishing a solid professional relationship. Brandy's experience has allowed him to worked with multi-cultural celebrity clients, politicians and every day people within the realms of runway fashion, editorials, TV & Film and retail sales for MAC Cosmetics. He credits his success within the beauty industry to being dedicated while setting personal goals and an endless passion for style while maintaining respect for the industry and all clients alike.
Denise Tunnell, is raising the bar in the world of beauty. An accomplished makeup artist and aesthetician, whose expertise is grounded in the science of healthy skin, is leading the movement for all women to empower themselves with the basis of true beauty, the best and most flawless skin they can personally achieve. Tunnell's goal, is to help all women reach the epitome of their natural beauty with consistent proper skin care, which minimizes the need for makeup as a "cover-up". She says, "All women are beautiful, but some have trouble identifying the best way to take care of their skin, my philosophy is when you tap into the beauty within, it creates a natural glow that is so gorgeous you only need a touch of makeup to enhance it. As a makeup artist to the stars of film, television and popular music, Denise consults with clients whose livelihood hinges on their looks. She is the Department Head for the STARZ hit Survivor's Remorse and her work can also be seen in Underground, Atlanta, Coat of Many Colors, Devious Maids, Bessie, Almost Christmas and the Fast and Furious franchise.
Char Coats Crump is a native of St Joseph MI. At the tender age of 7, saw The Wiz and knew she wanted to be like the artist that applied the candy wrapper on the scarecrow's nose. After a brief modeling career with Barbizon, she became a make up artist for Estée Lauder, Origins, Aveda and Glamour Shots. Continuing education at The Studio Academy in Sunset Gower Studios offered Char the opportunity to work on Snoop Dog Music Videos, LA City View, BET Comic Views, Live from LA. Since moving to Atlanta she has worked on Big Mommas House 2 and is working on The Vampire Diaries for 5 seasons. She feels blessed to have survived Hurricane Katrina and be an upstanding member of the Entertainment Industry.
Quintessence Patterson began early pursuing her dreams of being a makeup artist by enrolling in cosmetology school as a high school student. Upon high school graduation, she completed cosmetology school and secured her Master Cosmetology License. She started her career working in salons, providing hair and makeup services in her home town of Indianapolis. After relocating to Atlanta in 1998, she began to concentrate her talents on makeup. Working with MAC Cosmetics as a full time makeup artist was paramount in honing her skills and creating an opportunity to work at CNN as well as in fashion and print. Training and networking eventually led to a career in television and film. Quintessence is the Department Head for the Fox hit series Star and some of her many television and film credits include: Hidden Figures, Fist Fight, Flight, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, The Haves and Have Nots and The MoNique Show.
Melanie DeForrest has been a film, television and special effects makeup artist for over 12 years. She is best known for her work as Key Makeup for such films as Dallas Buyers Club (Oscar Winner for Makeup), Jurassic World and Get Out. Melanie's clients consist of companies such as ABC, ABC Family, A&E, CBS, WB, Universal and numerous other production companies. Her background in drawing and painting led her to a career in the industry and she has made herself know in Los Angeles, New Orleans and Atlanta. Melanie was recently appointed to be the IATSE Local 798 Young Workers Committee Chairperson to help new union members become the leaders of tomorrow. She always strives to create looks that will work best to translate the story from script to screen while providing a happy working environment where ever she goes.
Best selling author, thriving entrepreneur, dynamic speaker, coach, and world class trainer Cornelia Shipley is known for empowering people to achieve their peak performance, strategically plan for the future, and ultimately create a life and work that REALLY work! She is the author of the International Best Seller, Design Your Life: How to Create a Meaningful Life, Advance Your Career and Live Your Dreams and will release her second book Empowered: Strategies for Executive Level Success in 2017. As Marshall Goldsmith said in the forward of her international best seller Design Your Life “…Cornelia will guide you through the process of picturing success as you want to see it and identifying whether or not your career is aligned with your true passion, all while helping you ensure your need for these three important things: contribution, meaning and happiness.”
Amber Crowe is a freelance makeup artist originally from Detroit, Michigan. She has been living and working in Atlanta, Georgia since 2012. She is a member of IATSE 798 and has over 12 years experience in film, television, editorial, fashion and special effects makeup. In 2014, Amber received a Prime Time Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Makeup for a Mini-Series or TV Movie" for her work in "Anna Nicole". Most recently, her work can be seen as the Makeup Department Head for "The Vampire Diaries" seasons 7 and 8
After seeing a transformation of her own skin by a professional makeup artist, Saj Mack started teaching herself how to correct skin with makeup. Seeking to learn more about makeup artistry, she attended Complections International Makeup School and graduated with top honors. Now with 10 years experience, today Saj is one of the top makeup artists in Atlanta providing expertise in Film, Television, Print, Commercial & Advertising, Bridal and SFX. Her creative and colorful flair in both personality and portfolio can be easily attributed to growing up in the Caribbean. Saj’s most recent work can been seen on Sleepy Hollow, The Founder, The Boss and Allegiant.
Andrew Curtis Shannon is currently a Vice President in Wholesale Banking Segment as Relationship Manager and Wells Fargo Bank. He has held this position since April 2007. Andrew has been in the financial markets in numerous capacities, to include Financial Advisor, Financial Contractor, Credit Analyst as well as Credit Collection. He served in the United States Air Force as a Personnel/Administration Officer at numerous locations throughout the United States and Europe. 10 years of this service was within joint or multi-national organizations such as NATO. He served an additional 9 years in the Ohio and Georgia National Guard. Additionally he receive a Medal of Heroism (Airman’s Medal ) for his life saving efforts which earned him the Airman’s Medal, which is the highest peace time medal obtainable in the United States Air Force. Andrew is currently a member of Forsyth Leadership program and a member of the Forsyth Chamber of commerce Board of Directors. He is also a member of the President Advisor board at Wells Fargo Bank. Andrew is a graduate of Mercer University Stetson School of Business and Economics, with an Executive MBA, in International Finance with a concentration in Economics.