Sarah Elizabeth was a contestant on the third season of Face Off.
Where are you now?
I'm still living in Vancouver, BC. I am working as a freelance makeup artist in the film industry up here. I've become an IATSE (Makeup) permitee and also an ACFC (Association of Canadian Film Craftpersons) Makeup and FX permitee. So I'm working toward getting my union status/getting my days. I will be Keying a practicle FX feature called Little Mermaid in the near future - we are still working at the pre-production end of things. I am also currently working on a Disney Film and have been working on creatures for a children/teen's TV show
What's one thing about being on Face Off that a viewer might not realize?
The unrealistic time frame!! In real life, you may have a tight turn-around, but it is almost never as quick as it is in the show. Also, the lab is fully stocked and in real life you may not have everything...again, changing the turn-around time.
Also, we do not make our own costumes. We have someone get them for us and, sometimes, we are just SOL and the costumes don't fit or aren't what we wanted. Which can be very frustrating when the judges then count us off or critique us for what we had no control over.
What's your favorite memory from your time on the show?
Those eureka moments. When a challenge is hard and then all of a sudden the right thing happens or comes to mind and it all comes together. Also, when you're having a problem with something, you think your piece won't come out well and then in the end it is something that you love! That, and getting to know the other contestants!!
What's one thing you learned working on Face Off that you've carried forward into your makeup work?
It's always a struggle, but to not compare yourself and your work with others! Each person and each piece have something different. Just because someone else has made their creature with XYZ doesn't mean yours is lacking. I learned to have confidence in myself and my work and abilities!
What's something you would have done differently, looking back now?
On the Cyborg challenge when I went home, I would have stepped outside and taken a break to clear my head instead of trying to make myself work. I think if I would have taken a break, I would have been able to focus a bit differently and attach my design in a different way and with a different look than what I did. I kept psyching myself out and got in my head too much which was my downfall. Looking back, if I'd have taken 5 min, even 10, I think I would have had a much better and more comprehensive piece.
Whose work, either in your season or in a subsequent season you've seen, was your favorite?
Oh many, I don't think I can pick one from a season it would be easier to pick one per episode. But I honestly, don't think I can pick one. I know I can't wait to see what Season 5 does!
Catch up with other Face Off contestants!
The artists must create beautiful faeries, born out of a post-apocalyptic disaster.