Occupation: Freelance Special Effects Makeup Artist
Hometown: Victoria, TX
Residence: Austin, TX
Previous Appearance: Season 4
Eric Zapata made it through the first eight rounds of Face Off's fourth season and he doesn't plan to go home until he's won the season five title. He credits the lessons he learned on the show with giving him "what it takes now to really let go and allow myself to be more fearless and creative in the competition." Still one of the youngest competitors on the cast, Eric has amassed an impressive resume as a makeup artist. Right out of school, he landed a job working with prolific makeup artist Robert Kurtzman; that led to Eric's dream job on the comedy/horror feature John Dies at the End. Now that he's back on Face Off, Eric is ready to challenge himself to achieve his goal of winning. His favorite movie with special effects is Altered States.
The artists must take fairy tale staples like ogres and faeries and reimagine them as high school students.