Our Panelists

Yvonne Eagle

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.

Bridgit M. Crider
Instructor - Paid Class "Set Etiquette /Panelist - SFX

Bridgit is a Atlanta based 2 time nominated and Emmy Award winning makeup artist. She is also a S.E. Emmy member and an I.A.T.S.E 798 Union makeup artist. Bridgit's career in makeup and in the beauty industry has a span of over 20 years. She has done makeup for numerous major campaign's and productions from editorial, commercials, television and film. Bridgit is also a previous PMAC Award recipient.

Carol Rasheed
Panelist - Art of Business

Carol Rasheed is a master in the craft of beauty. Stunning, captivating, glowing-from-the-inside-out beauty. Whether she is developing one of her celebrated spas, or on location designing makeup for film and television, or consulting for a national network, the one thing Carol alaways brings to the table, in addition to her overflowing wealth of expertise, is enthusiasm. She radiates it. She embraces it. She has harnessed it into a force that makes her one of the most sought after beauty professionals in the country.

Carol's impressive background spans more than 20 years. Her knowledge is grounded in being an innovative artist, with a keen sense of business. There are brains behind this beauty. She understands beauty is more than an art form. It is a business. As president and founder of Network Beauty, Inc., a Florida based corporation since 1994, Carol is well-versed in the power of beauty.

Discover the allure that has attracted the most notable names in entertainment, including Tyler Perry Studios, Discovery Networks, ABC Televsion, NBC, Nickelodeon Studios, The Walt Disney Company, Home Shopping Network, and Oxygen Media Network.

Darla Wigley
Judge SFX / Moderator - SFX Panel / Instructor - Main Stage "Recreation of The Bride of Frankenstein"

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.

Buffie Purselle
Panelist / Moderator

Buffie Purselle makes personal finance and tax compliance fashionable. Like the latest “it” bag, Buffie Purselle makes personal finance and tax compliance fashionable. A powerhouse tax and personal finance professional for over eighteen years, Buffie demystifies the daunting world of taxes and personal finance with skilled, practical, and sassy guidance. Buffie recently made her cable television debut on the “The Partner” on CNBC. She was chosen out of 20,000 applicants to be part of the top ten in the nation to compete to be serial entrepreneur and star of CNBC’s “The Profit” host, Marcus Lemonis’ business partner. Buffie finished the competition as part of the Top Four. Buffie is a serial entrepreneur and is the Founder and Managing Member of Buffie the Tax Heiress, a chain of tax and accounting practices with multiple locations in the state of Georgia; The Creative Artist Group, a business management and concierge service for busy film and tv creatives; and Crawl Before You Ball, a personal and business financial management company. Buffie is also the author of Crawl Before You Ball, a personal finance self help book to help individuals break the cycle of poverty of living from direct deposit to payday loan to direct deposit. Buffie also owns Just Being Buffie Productions. JBB Productions is a 100% woman-owned production company based in Atlanta, Georgia. Buffie is also a highly sought after tax and personal finance expert seen weekly on local Atlanta and national media outlets. She joins forces each tax season with WSB Channel 2 and HLN Consumer Advisor Clark Howard to help taxpayers with end of tax season tips and advice. She is also featured as recurring tax and personal finance expert on HLN. Buffie’s philanthropic endeavors include Image Consultant and Career Development Coach for Dress For Success Atlanta. She also volunteers at The Shrine Night Shelter where she and her husband spend the night and serve dinner and breakfast to homeless men. Buffie is also a volunteer for the Partnership Against Domestic Violence.

Scoobie West
Instructor - Paid Class "Bridal Makeup" / Panelist - Different Paths

SCOOBIE WEST Essence Magazine. WE Television Network. Anne Barge. The Celebration Society. You only get to work for clients of that caliber when you've proven that you're a top makeup artist, which is why those are just a few of the names that comprise Scoobie West's client roster. While Scoobie currently enjoys being one of the Southeast's premiere makeup artists, his success isn't a result of happenstance, but destiny and dedication. EventImages_INIJE-28.jpg Scoobie first showcased his ability to create beautiful looks in college by doing the makeup for models in a campus fashion show. Though the looks he created were a hit on the runway, it wasn't until several years later when he applied a friend's makeup for her wedding that he realized that he had a remarkable eye for makeup artistry. She raved about his work on TheKnot.com, and with the pictures to prove his uncanny ability, brides started calling in droves. Scoobie continued to work with brides as opportunities arose and eventually decided he wanted to pursue a full-time career in beauty. To hone his skills, he began working for major cosmetic industry names, including MAC, Laura Mercier, NARS Cosmetics and Borghese Cosmetics. In 2002, Scoobie thought it was time to try his hand at being an independent makeup artist. Initially he focused on what he knew best--working with brides, but in 2005, requests began pouring in for him to work on fashion shows, special events, commercial photo shoots and music videos. Notable clients include: Anne Barge, Spring Bridal Show (2006) Badgley Mischka, Spring Bridal Show (2006) Anne Barge, Spring Bridal Show (2007) Badgley Mischka, Spring Bridal Show (2007) International Prom Association, Advertising Campaign (2007-Present) Essence Magazine, On His Mind (2008) WE Television Network, Amazing Wedding Gowns (2009) Lisa Wu Hartwell, Closet Freak Fashion Show (2009) Southern Weddings Magazine, November Cover (2009) Urban Lux Magazine, December Cover (2009) Urban Lux Magazine, April Cover (2010) Essence Magazine, Dark & Lovely Model Search (2010) Ritz Carlton, Reynolds Plantation, Editorial (2010) According to his clients, it is Scoobie's seamless execution, attention to detail and professionalism that have made him a "name to know" in the beauty and event planning industries. Scoobie West & Company (SWC) provides on-site professional makeup services fashion shows, photo shoots, commercial shoots, music videos, movies, special events and more. Although SWC is based in Atlanta, Scoobie and his team service individual and business clients throughout the world.

Saj Mack
Panelist - The Artist and The Entrepreneur

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.

Kelvin Myers
Paneliest - Different Paths

Kelvin Myers, an imaginative talent with international reach, has mastered makeup artistry and is the sole Creator of the quickly spreading phenomenon, the “KM Experience.” Using faces as his canvas, this artist is at the top of his game and his claim to fame is enhancing the looks of classic beauties. A native of Sumter, SC, Myers was heavily influenced by his mother, a licensed cosmetologist, who had dreams of her own to become a fashion designer. In an effort to grow her dream, the family would often produce fashion shows around town. Mrs. Myers had no idea at the time, but she was fueling her son’s passion for the creative arts. Myers relocated to Atlanta to attend DeVry University in pursuit of a career as a Transmission Engineer in telecommunications; It was there that he met and became quick friends with a female impersonator. As the friendship flourished, Myers began attending a variety of dramatic showcases and pageants that further sparked his simmering thirst for creativity. This friendship led him to his new creative outlet. Myers began learning makeup and transforming faces behind the scenes, little did he know…the groundwork for a far larger master plan was in the works. His love and fascination of theatrical productions never died, and before he knew it, makeup artistry had become a full time career. Fast-forward a few years and a small thousand faces later, Myers’ professional resume boasts of experience with Fortune 500 companies, National Editorials and stop short of nothing less than a nomination for Best Make-up artist by the Atlanta Fashion Community. This future philanthropist understands that to reap is to sow, thus, Myers is also working to make a difference in his community. He currently volunteers with the Hopewell Baptist Church Ministry “Pamper for Peace” program with goals of uplifting and building self-esteem for victims of domestic violence and recovering drug addicts. In addition, Myers volunteers for H.E.R.O. for children, an organization that aims to provide quality resources for children infected/affected by the AIDS virus. Myers’ commitment to this cause led him to produce a show, Freedom and Fantasy, www.freedomandfantasy.com to raise funds for the H.E.R.O. organization (2011, 2012). The production featured recording artists The Braxton Sisters and included the talent of several of he H.E.R.O. participants. His hope was that the production not only brought awareness to the program and raised funds, but to also introduce the children to possible career aspirations in the creative arts and production fields. Mr. Myers is available to travel to location, independent studio work and one-on-one consultations. He offers classes for aspiring makeup artists and women seeking to master their own faces quarterly. Please view the portfolio tab where you are guaranteed to be amazed and inspired. Thank you for reading.

Nikoletta Skarlatos
2018 Honoree - Film Maqui / Panelist - The Art of Business

Makeup artist and designer Nikoletta Skarlatos first fell in love with her art form as a child in Greece. Since then, she has collaborated with acclaimed filmmakers, top design houses and internationally renowned photographers. Skarlatos applies her passion and knowledge in the design and creation of richly cinematic characters. Skarlatos’ diverse body of work can be seen in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest : At World’s End, Miami Vice, The Soloist, Immortals, The Hunger Games Series, Flight, Solace, Free State Of Jones, The Perfect Guy, Spiderman, Blue, Future Man and the soon to be released Nappily Ever After. She was named the Global Beauty Director for Julie Hewett Los Angeles Cosmetics from 2009 through 2015. She has collaborated with the House of Chanel and the Estee Lauder Corporation as makeup artist, makeup designer and product developer. In addition to recent film work, Skarlatos’ makeup design can be seen in major marketing campaigns and on the pages of Interview, BlackBook, In Style, Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Elle, Ebony and Vanity Fair. Skarlatos lectures globally about biodynamic skin care and nontoxic alternatives in the makeup industry. She was the Hollywood Makeup Guild speaker for the Huffington Post’s “Greening of Hollywood: Guild by Guild” in 2009, and was honored as the special guest of Conexa Beauty at Art by Avon International in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2011 where she performed as educator, judge, and motivational speaker. Her philanthropic endeavours extend to supporting The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation, Amfar, Oceana, and as an active advocate helping children with cancer in Mexico. Fabric, colors, the elements, history, art, and nature strongly influence Skarlatos. She includes these influences as well as extensive research when creating and designing for her projects.

Nalani Bott
Panelist - The Entrepreneur

Nalani Bott is an Atlanta based Cosmetic Tattoo & Makeup Artist. She has been doing makeup professionally since 2007 and has made a name for herself in the beauty industry having provided makeup services for Missy Elliott, Monica, Phaedra Parks, Porsha Williams and many others. In 2015, Nalani expanded her services to Permanent Makeup, specifically eyebrows. She received her certification in Microblading, Ombré Powder Brows, Advanced Hairstroke, and Color Theory from top companies in the world. With the training she received, she created her sought out signature Combo Brows. Nalani quickly gained recognition in the permanent makeup industry and have people traveling near & far to get her most sought after technique. With her background in makeup, she understands eyebrow design and will surely give you the brows you only dreamed of!

Latoya Henderson
Panelist - SFX Panel

Latoya Henderson is a Atlanta local 798 makeup artist with over 13 years of experience. Her exceptional talent in the field of makeup artistry and special Fx started in Louisiana, where she learned to perfect her best performance as a artist. > Latoya started her career as a makeup artist after completing a certificate course in makeup artistry from Magnetic Beauty College in 1998, within two years she accomplished proficiency in makeup. In 2007 Latoya had the pleasure to work alongside side Oscar award winner Carl Fulton on her first majors film "The Great Debater", from then on she gave her best contribution as a beginner by taking continuing education courses for Period Makeup, Special Effects, Airbrushing, Facial Hair Application, Bald Cap and Tattoo Transfers as often as possible to perfect her craft. > Latoya joined the IATSE 798 Union as a makeup artist in 2009. It was a calling for her hidden talents and it also encouraged her to perform better.

Giancarlo Brajdic
Panelist - SFX Panel

Giancarlo Brajdic is a veteran in multiple creative industries with more than 25 years experience in the world of design, development, and fabrication. His skill set has landed him creative opportunities with the likes of Walt Disney World, Warner Brothers Studios, Universal Studios, US Military, Netflix, and multiple independent and feature films. Mr. Brajdic has extreme focus on creating one of a kind works of art assuring his audience are completely bought in. Currently, Mr Brajdic has relocated to the greater Atlanta Georgia area & is in the process of developing a MUFX course with the Georgia Film Academy.

Sandye Lomax
Instuctor - Paid Class "Eyelash Extensions"/Panelist - The Entrepreneur

Sandye Lomax is an alumni of The Gwynnis Mosby Academy. Not only is Sandye a Master Makeup artist, she is also a licensed Esthetician, Cosmetologist and certified Eyelash Extensionist and Educator. You have seen her work on tv from news anchors to BFV, film, Nike ads, Ebony Mag, Miss Teen of America Pageant title holders and so much more. Her new endeavor "The Beauty Fetish Show" provides a platform for the likes of her cancer survivor and celebrity clientele and friends to share inspiration with a touch of BEAUTY! As the founder of Beauty Fetish, Sandye takes pride in enhancing beauty but as a former model and Disability Specialist she believes that true beauty starts within! Training includes: ~Semi~Permanent Lash Technique & Application ~An overview of various lashes from Classic to Volume ~Semi~Permanent Eyelash Extension kit must haves ~Health And Safety ~Marketing and Profitability and so much more...

Kim Greene
Panelist - The Art of Business

Kim is a veteran beauty and effects makeup artist with over 70 Department Head credits on some of the most popular feature films and television shows of the last two decades. She has collaborated with celebrated directors like: Robert Altman, Judd Apatow, Gary Marshall, Michel Gondry and Penny Marshall. She has been fortunate enough to paint such faces as Drew Barrymore, Emma Stone, Christina Applegate, Zoe Saldana, Christian Bale, Paul Rudd and Jason Bateman. Kim was awarded "Best Contemporary Makeup" for Charlie's Angels Full Throttle by The Makeup and Hair Guild. She appeared as a celebrity guest judge on the television show Face Off and is featured in the documentary film What it Takes. A film about Makeup Artists. Kim has been a successful business owner and entrepreneur. She is the Product Ambassador for Westmore Beauty and involved in product development and promotion for Dermaflage Cosmetics and on the executive board of The Hair and Makeup Artist Network.

Instuctor - Main Stage Fantasy / Paneliest - Different Paths

Synthe is an outstanding airbrush makeup artist, SFX artist, educator and body painter. Capable of creating any look imaginable. Her extensive knowledge in the cosmetic profession and real-life, in-the-trenches business experience began while working with the public through leading retail cosmetic companies. Her work has graced the faces of many legendary artists and entertainers. She has worked in film, video and live production. Though she left retail for corporate America, she continued her career as a free-lance makeup Artist. In June of 2003 before airbrushing makeup, Synthe began body painting. After receiving many requests from beauty professionals who wanted to learn techniques that would broaden their territory, she expanded to the instructional side of this art.

Tiesha Vassar
Panelist - Business

Tiesha Kariae Vassar, founder of E’MAGE, grew up on the west side of Chicago in the 1980’s. She was the eldest of 6 children, a born leader. A troubled family life forced Vassar into early adulthood taking care of her younger siblings. Tiesha relocated with her family to Kalamazoo, M.I, where she was exposed to other diverse communities. This opened her eyes to much more promising opportunities. At age 11, Vassar began to tap into her artistry skills by first doing her own hair, then moving on to securing her first hair client by age 12. She was self taught, and earning her own money. By her teenage years, she was relocated again to Milwaukee W.I, which furthered her chance at a better life by providing her a higher level of education. Tiesha Vassar studied the greatest professionals in her industry, with Sam Fine being her number one inspiration for becoming an artist. She was impressed that he, like herself, was from Chicago, and had achieved the highest level of recognition in make-up artistry. Her love for make-up began with noticing how distinct models were from the masses. She was so fascinated, that she studied and replicated the looks from magazines and movies. Working in fashion gave her first hand exposure to models and designers, which ultimately fueled her passion and love for the beauty industry. While shopping at a MAC counter in Vernon Hills, IL, Tiesha unknowingly engaged in conversation with the manager. After a wowing conversation about the brand and their products, Tiesha was asked by the manager if she was interested in an employment opportunity. After a trying three month search for a position in the beauty industry, Tiesha felt this was a dream come true. Before landing a gig with this major cosmetic brand, she had only ever been offered freelance work. Vassar was started at ten dollars per hour. **Tiesha went on to work for Tommy Hilfiger, Merchandise Mart Stylemaxx Bridal Expo, Lusters Corporation, Northwestern Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, Rush Hospital, Neiman Marcus, DSW, CDW, MAC Cosmetics, Macy’s,Credits Viver Magazine, Divorced Dudes Movie, Daydream Image, David Johnson Photography, Guinness Beer, and Clinton Media Group. Famous Clients Include: BET Hip Hop Awards:Remy Ma, Big Tigger, Betty Wright, Cardi B, Good Day Atlanta: Joel Rush, Sanaa Lathan, Nica Nishae-American Idol, Actress Iris Kohl-Actress, and Daphne Dortch-Biggest Loser. ** Tiesha Vassar became an artist because she believes that the power of beauty from an outward transformation also influences and releases beauty from within. She desires to bring forward confidence through her art. Her Style is Glamorous, Edgy, Bold, yet sophisticated. It is also mysterious, and effortlessly timeless. After a decade with MAC, and being a part of the impact team across multiple markets, Tiesha Vassars transition into the media industry, creating the E'MAGE On Demand fashion and beauty television brand launching in May 2018 was inevitable.

Midian Crosby
Panelist - SFX / Judge - SFX

"Monster" Midian Crosby has been working professionally in movies and media for more than 14 years. She has been on more than 30 feature films, numerous television and other media projects, primarily as a practical special effects and prosthetic makeup artist, but also in costumes and props. Midian founded the award winning Monster Makeup FX studio with her husband Joshua in 2010. Recent films include, Apartment 212, Hoax, Captain Fantastic (starring Viggo Mortensen) and Cop Car (starring Kevin Bacon). Since relocating to Atlanta mid 2017, Midian has worked in the costume department for The Walking Dead, as well as on several other tv shows and films. Midian is a passionate artist with a love for entertainment.

Me’dea Whosendorf
Panelist - Different Paths Panel

Teeordieia Me’dea Whosendorfe started her career straight out of cosmetology school as a hairstylist for Supercuts. From there she worked for Paul Mitchell as a platform artist and traveled all around the world . After many years on the road, Me’dea returned to California to open up a hair salon with her best friend Tina Alan called Next Episode and for the next five years she mastered her skills in hair and make up. During this time she also trained with the Catharine Leverette specializing in difficult skincare solutions. Me’dea’s body of work includes commercials, photo shoots, documentaries and day playing for Warner Brothers Studios. Today she is a resident of Atlanta and is celebrating an 18 year career as a makeup artist and hairstylist at CNN/Turner Broadcast.

Bryan Reynolds
Panelist - SFX

Bryan Reynolds is an Atlanta based Makeup Artist with over 25 years experience in the industry. He started his career studying at the London School of Makeup and classes in Art and Design at the University of Toronto. A career spanning Film, Television, Print and Theater, he’s known not only for his FX work, but also as a skilled Beauty Artist. Bryan’s work has graced the pages of magazines like Vogue and Prosthetics Magazine. And has been featured as in such films as Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-man, and Guardians of The Galaxy: Vol 2. As well as on the small screen in Homeland, Banshee, The Originals and Stranger Things.

Sandy English
Panelist - Business

I was born in Birmingham Alabama in 1941 as the eldest of 8 siblings. My high school years were split between Birmingham and New York City. I spent 3 years in the U S Army. I attended Stillman College and graduated from Hunter College in 1967. I graduated from the American University’s Washington College of Law in 1970. While in law school, I worked for a United States Senator, a United States Supreme Court Justice, and I worked as a Department of Defense Intern. My law career began with the third largest law firm in California in 1970. I practiced law for 23 years and then transitioned to become a Real Estate Broker for 13 years. In 2004 I was ordained as a minister. In 2003 I joined LegalShield as an Independent Associate. LegalShield offers low cost legal services and identity theft protection to families across the USA and Canada, and legal and business services to small businesses with not more than 100 employees. LegalShield also offers its services to: employees as a voluntary benefit; law enforcement officers; teachers; foster care parents; and commercial drivers. Its legal services are rendered through law firms in each state and 4 provinces of Canada. The small business services are offered in partnership with Gosmallbiz, located in Atlanta Georgia. LegalShield’s corporate offices are located in Ada Oklahoma. I specialize in the Employee Benefits unit and Small Business unit, as part of our Business Solutions Division. Since 2009, nationwide and in Canada, I have ranked between Number 1 and Number 5 annually in small business production, and ranked Number 10 in production in all categories for the 2017 year. I am a Field Trainer and I have maintained LegalShield’s minimum production level (PCQ) for 133 consecutive months, which entitles me to a $ 500 monthly bonus. There is no company in North America that compares with LegalShield in service providers (law firms and Gosmallbiz), services, quality of services, nature of services, array of services, and prices. For more information contact Mr. English, as noted below

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