At Work With… Lisa Barnes, Makeup Artist
The ‘At Work With…’ Interview Series is our way of bringing you behind-the-scenes with the names and businesses included in our Texas Production Directory (TPD). We want to showcase the creatives that cover all levels of production experience, backgrounds, and geographies around the state.
This week’s spotlight is on Lisa Barnes, Makeup Artist based in Austin and a Texan for over 50 years.
Your claim to fame: What special skill or fun fact differentiates you from others?
I am known as the makeup artist who can roll with the punches. In fact, I expect it in all my productions, things can change in life on a dime.
What’s the most memorable experience on a project or production that you’ve had and what made it so special?
My most memorable production was an indie film with Lisa Kudrow called Kabluey. She and I spent a lot of time together over a month talking about everything under the sun. She is good people.
What are the skills required to succeed in your specific area of expertise?
The ability to work with clients, agency, producers and directors all at once and make them all happy.
Have you had an industry mentor or colleague that has made an impact on you or helped you along your career path? If so who, and how did they impact you?
I had someone tell me in the beginning of my career that you should not limit your talents to one area. Diversify, diversify, and diversify.
What tools and supplies can’t you live without in your job and why?
Good brushes. They can make or break you!
How have Covid-19 safety protocols affected the way that you work?
Coming at someone in a face shield, mask and gloves can be intimidating, so I try to lighten things up. I am constantly trying to stay up to date on the latest safety protocols.
What’s the best part about working in Texas?
All the beautiful locations I get to go to off the beaten path.
Why do you choose the Lone Star State as a place to live and work?
I am a fifth generation Texan and couldn’t be prouder.
Interview has been edited for brevity.
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