For many people a career in make-up means bridal parties, prom and fashion shoots.
One may envision a career full of beautiful people, palettes of pinks and reds and a stream of women trying to look their best.
Not for Alissa Gee.
Although Alissa is trained in fashion make-up artistry, and does an excellent job at bringing out people’s best qualities, her skills lie in the designing of monsters and creatures so terrifying they could give you nightmares.
“Special effects and prosthetic would have to be my favourite (make-up style). I am a huge horror fan and a lot of special effects and prosthetic are used in the horror film industry,” said Alissa.
To be honest, Alissa is my cousin. I have known her my entire life and she has always had a deep infatuation with all things abnormal. Her childhood books all featured murders, crimes, monsters and the supernatural. Her favourite television shows are gory, suspenseful and terrifying. And her very own apartment looks more like a geek shop or a haunted house rather than that of a hard-working young woman.
But Alissa is in fact a very hard-working young woman. A career in make-up artistry is not for those who are unmotivated or unwilling to put the effort and time in.
“Ultimately I would like to get into a shop, but in the meantime I plan to keep practising and take on as many job opportunities as I can,” said Alissa.
She has volunteered to do face paint, assisted a friend in a pin-up girl calendar photo shoot, completed make-up for a clothing line, frequently turns her friends and family into monsters just for fun and more.
“It’s a creative outlet for me… Each make-up comes with a different challenge and is never the same. It doesn’t get boring,” said Alissa.
Alissa received a makeup certificate from Voila Hair Institute in 2012, and recently graduated from Complections College of Makeup Art and Design in Toronto.
Moving to Toronto was a difficult decision for Alissa as her entire life is in her hometown, Cambridge, Ont. The anxiety of moving to a larger city, one not well-known to her, did not stop Alissa from following her dreams, though.
“It was my first time being on my own and Toronto is an entirely different beast compared to Cambridge,” said Alissa.
She and her boyfriend are currently residing in Toronto. Their plan to move back home after graduation was altered when he accepted a tattoo apprenticeship over a month ago. Although somewhat homesick this worked out well for both of them. Just last week Alissa was offered an internship at a shop in Scarborough, Ont.
“I enjoy making people feel good about themselves or assisting in bringing a character to life,” said Alissa.