Speaker Bios

Danessa Myricks

Danessa Myricks

As a make-up artist, photographer and entrepreneur, Danessa Myricks’ career spans more than 16 years. She has mastered beauty application and made a name for herself as one of the most creative in the make-up industry. Inspired initially by the beauty business, Myricks’ career hit the ground running at the corporate level, where her true passions aligned with her artistry and marketing for ethnic skin tones. She has worked with numerous celebrities and co-created with multiple global beauty brands, including Kiss and Benefit Cosmetics. Currently, Myricks spends her time developing Danessa Myricks Beauty, a global beauty blend of professional insight and cosmetics.
Jonah Levy

Jonah Levy

Jonah Levy has been working in the make-up effects industry since he was 17, doing film, television, theater, corporate conventions and theme parks. His film credits include Green Lantern, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, I Am Number 4, Zombieland and The Crazies. Levy runs Blue Whale Studios Inc., a full-service make-up and special make-up effects facility located in Orlando, Fla.

Matthew Silva

Matthew Silva, co-owner of Blue Whale Studios Inc. has been working as a make-up artist for over 10 years and has been part of make-up teams on such projects as Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, The Accountant, Allegiant, The Vampire Diaries, and Selma. Before partnering with Jonah and Crystal Levy, Silva owned a well-known Atlanta based make-up effects shop: Black Tie FX. His acute attention to detail makes Silva a strong and versatile artist—with a skillset ranging from beauty and fashion to technical sculpture, armor making, and prop building.  

Siân Richards

Siân Richards is an award-winning make-up artist. Richards has worked in every avenue that make-up demands, from editorial to special effects. She won the Broadcast Film Critics Choice Award for the transformation she performed on Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas and was Emmy and 706 Guild Award nominated for her transformation of Queen Latifah into ’30s blues icon Bessie Smith. Richards just completed working on Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, just wrapped Avengers: Infinity War and will shoot Avengers 4 (Untitled) this fall. You can see more of her work on Chadwick Boseman on the Netflix original Message from the King. She also has a successful brand called London Brush Company
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