Speaker Bios

Ashley Fierro

Ashley Fierro is a make-up artist and educator who specializes in editorial and fashion media, red carpet, professional athletes and luxury brides.  Creator of Business of Makeup®, Fierro has taught students from all over the world how to take their creative passion and turn it into a full-time career.  Her experience spans over a decade. With a fresh, natural approach to beauty, Fierro inspires artists and students of all experience levels.   

Li-Sa Choi

Li-Sa Choi is a make-up artist from Australia who is trained in film, TV and special effects make-up. Choi started her career in make-up after studying at The Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup in 2015.  Her passion lies in creating realistic and stylized character creations, particularly incorporating prosthetics. In 2016 she won the Prosthetics Division of Sydney IMATS Battle of The Brushes and has gone on to work on films such as Kong: Skull Island and Choi most recently finished working on DC's Aquaman in the costume department.  

Richard Martin

Richard Martin has worked in the make-up industry since 2009, having been chosen over 731 applicants for an apprenticeship at Millennium Effects. He has worked as a freelance sculptor, mold maker, painter and make-up artist for effects companies across the country and established his own company specializing in hyperrealism and medical models. Martin is also a teacher at Gorton Studios and several universities. 
Rod Maxwell

Rod Maxwell

Award-winning special make-up effects artist and director Rod Maxwell has melded digital and practical effects for more than two decades in projects including his film The Wishing Well. He created the Flesh Master Color System and Flesh Master game for iOS to help artists learn color matching. He also teaches Cinema Makeup School classes on out-of-kit make-up effects, advanced prosthetics, creature maquette and digital effects. Maxwell is a former Face Off competitor.

Roque Cozzette

Roque Cozzette is a make-up artist, photographer, innovator and educator who thinks creatively and creates strategically. His talent comes from the orchestrated sensibilities of hands, head and heart. He’s a seasoned beauty-industry pro with a multifaceted career spanning three decades. He is experienced in photography, television, print, fashion, celebrity image and cosmetic product development. He has co-created with celebrities including Christina Milian and Melody Gardot, and his brand (Cozzette) offers cruelty-free cosmetics, make-up brushes and beauty photography.

Shylie Parsons

Shylie Parsons is an Australian make-up artist and costume designer specializing in head to toe creations. Graduating in 2015 from the Australian Academy of Cinemagraphic Makeup, she launched quickly into her career. With special thanks to her win in 2016 at Sydney IMATS Battle of the Brushes, she has gone on to secure numerous jobs in the film, music and editorial world of make-up. Parsons is excited in what the future has to offer.