How Roy Wooley of Face Off Made His Mark
Q&A with Roy Wooley / Season 3 Contestant on SyFy’s “Face Off”
Roy will be giving a live seminar presentation and demo “Adding Dimension to Avant Garde: Prosthetics Meet Beauty” at The Makeup Show Orlando on nov 4th.
This is your chance to ask Roy your pressing questions and watch him work his magic!!
How and when did you get started in the industry? What drew you to this field, and specifically to special FX?
I always wanted to do this for a living, but growing up in a small town I never really thought it was possible. I was just fortunate to meet people once I moved to Atlanta that that helped me to get into the industry. As a younger man, I focused a lot on the FX part because, what kid doesn’t love monsters? Being able to make them was very exciting. I wanted to learn beauty makeup to expand my skills and make myself more marketable. If all I did was monsters I’d probably go hungry…If you use the proper techniques, this industry can become limitless.
What is your favorite aspect of being a makeup artist? What drives you?
The driving force is just like any other artist, there’s a need to create. It’s part of my brain. My favorite challenges include taking several different disciplines and applying them to make the perfect piece. Every detail in a project or a makeup has to be thought out in order to make the right impact.
Of course it depends on the project, but the first thing is to do research. Once you have a client request you have to take this crucial step… Then the other thing is to take a moment and stand outside of the norm. For example, you can “unmake” somebody with makeup and it can be just as challenging and interesting. One of my favorite things to do is look at nature; the way shadows fall on rocks, tree limbs grow, wood grains. That’s some of the best inspiration and can help your work look more organic to the human eye.
What drew you to “Face Off”? Were you nervous about the added pressures of your efforts being broadcasted and critiqued by the general public?
I wasn’t really nervous to apply. I’d watched past seasons and I saw what they were doing and I felt like I could at least compete. There’s always a little fear factor whenever you’re stepping out of your box and stepping onto a ledge. It’s different than having your friends and family see your work and tell you it sucks. Now it’s out there for the entire world, literally. Overall the public response has been very positive. The cameras didn’t make me nervous, it was being in the front of the judges. The cameras don’t have opinions.
It’s interesting because the show is done taping except for the live finale. It’s been good so far though. The public response was what I didn’t expect. I get stopped on the street and I wouldn’t have expected that in a million years. I’ve had tons of emails and notes from people who say I’ve inspired them to start doing makeup.
With your success on the show. How has your career change/evolved?
I’ve had some calls and some offers. It’s made me realize that I have a lot of things I’ve learned over the years and I’d like to pass it on to people who want to learn it. It doesn’t happen overnight. You have to practice and put in the blood, sweat and tears.
Is there a particular work that you are most proud of?
As far as the show goes, there’s not a piece I’m not proud of. It was an effort every single time. There are things I could have done better on, but any artist who’s satisfied with their work is going to get stagnant. You always see ways to improve.
What are your Top 5 Must-have items in your kit?
Alcohol-activated makeup, a really good set of brushes, hand sanitizer because it has multiple uses and something for body paint. We did a lot with Make Up For Ever on the show and they’re really good. In my kit right now I have a TEMPTU Palette and one of their brush sets. I also use Mehron for live special FX and body painting.
What are you looking forward to at The Makeup Show Orlando 2012?
First of all it’s an honor to be able to do a seminar with The Makeup Show. I want to start it off right because I believe makeup is the next step in fashion, and I think this show is going to set the pace. People in general are becoming more sophisticated in their taste. Whether they’re watching movies with advanced effects or they’re seeing over-the-top makeup, “the usual” just doesn’t fly anymore. There’s a great quote by Wayne Gretzky where he explains that a good hockey player plays where the puck is, but a great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. In our industry it’s important that artists can see and also have the knowledge to get right where that puck is headed.