My name is Kirsten, I’m 16 years old. I got started in special effects makeup (SFX) in 6th grade. The night I got into special effects makeup I didn’t actually know anything about it. I was honestly just playing around with glue but some dried up on my hand. I thought it looked like a cut so I quickly got some ketchup and put it in the “cut.” Man, it looked pretty dang cool! I wanted to do more things, better things; I didn’t know how though. I searched all over YouTube for tutorials on how to do different cuts and wounds. I came across this one channel by Goldie Starling, she basically was the reason I kept on doing SFX. Ever since I found her, I find more and more amazing people who do this everyday.
Some people would find this hobby to be gross or something, but I don’t. I honestly like all the gore of it and I’m pretty sure that’s because of all the horror movies I watch. Ever since I was a little girl, my dad and I would watch a horror movie every Saturday night, and we still do! I love seeing all the different movies and how they differ from each other. For example, there are a lot of zombie movies. Every zombie movie you see, the zombies look different. That’s because there’s so many different techniques to do zombie makeup and everyone has their own. To think that one day my makeup could be on TV is an amazing feeling.
If you’re thinking about getting started in this, don’t expect to be perfect your first try. I honestly wasn’t and I’m still not, but I improved greatly since I first started. All of these special effects artists I see on social media inspire me everyday to get better and keep trying, and I really hope I can inspire you too.