Tate Steinsiek was born in a small farming community near Tulsa, Oklahoma. With an artist mother and a boxer father, he was torn between two worlds and developed a bit of a split personality -- “Tate,” who was encouraged to express his ideas and feelings through art, and “Bubba,” a lean mean fighting machine who was trained as a competitive fighter. As a child, while unsuspectingly watching Rick Baker’s special feature on Thriller and American Werewolf in London, Tate found a new calling in Special FX Makeup. Tate moved to New York City in 2002 to start his own Special FX Company. In 2003, his company, Ill Willed Productions, began providing SFX Makeup prosthetic application and prop fabrication to a client roster including The Jim Henson Company, DreamWorks, NBC, HBO, Xbox and more. In 2006, Tate was featured on the Reality Series Making it Big and won the competition in the FX Challenge episode.
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Sixteen artists arrive to compete €“ but learn that the first challenge is their final audition. Who will make it onto the true competition? Featuring Robert Englund as a guest presenter.
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