LA 2023 Speaker Bios2022-12-28T17:00:07-08:00
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Mila Thomas

Named one of ESSENCE top 9 celebrity makeup artist you should know, Mila Thomas has been a multi-media beauty guru for over twenty years. Her work has graced the covers of world magazines, print ads, digital platforms and television screens on some of the most popular names of our time. An on-air beauty and style expert, Thomas has been featured on CBS The Couch,, Latino Magazine, Galore Magazine, Press Pass to Latino, BET 15 Makeup Artist of Color You Should Know 2018, Style Blazer, and was most recently a key note speaker at IMATS 2016 “Breaking into Reality Beauty” event. The North Carolina native moved to New York City working on the cast of the original Love and Hip Hop. From there she relocated to sunny Los Angeles as she was asked to take on the position of Department Head and Key Makeup Artist and Glam Coordinator for the hit VH1 franchise show Love and Hip Hop Hollywood. It is here Thomas hired her own team of 15 hair and makeup artist to help bring her signature “Young Hollywood Glam” look to life. Thomas continues to forge her own path and be a leader in the beauty industry. Creating high profile beauty looks that capture national attention, Thomas is innovative and sets the standard for everyday glam.

Shelby Michael Patton

Shelby Michael Patton is a professional make-up and effects artist based in Los Angeles. She specializes in the creation of custom prosthetic make-ups for film and television. Patton graduated from MUD’s Master Program in November 2014 and won first place in the Battle of the Brushes character/prosthetic competition at IMATS L.A. 2015. Since then, her credits include Celebrity Undercover Boss, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Fear the Walking Dead, Aquaman and more.

Viktoriia Bessarab

For over 16 years, Viktoriia Bessarab—one of the most experienced make-up artists in the Ukrainian fashion and beauty market—has become the favorite to celebrities, designers, TV directors and photographers of Eastern Europe. In 2015 she became the first student from Kiev to study at Cinema Makeup School, and in 2016 she took second place in IMATS Los Angeles’ Battles of the.

Bessarab’s prosthetic make-up artwork has become revolutionary in Ukraine. Bessarab created images for top Ukrainian musicals such as Baron Munchausen and The Guardians of Dreams. She was also chief make-up artist for TV projects So You Think You Can Dance UA, The X-Factor UA, Dancing with the Stars, Ukraine’s Got Talent and Next Top Model UA.

At her eponymous Media Academy, Bessarab helps make-up beginners learn first steps and the skills required for a pro career. Her students include hundreds of make-up artists from Ukraine and beyond.

Vincent Van Dyke

Vincent Van Dyke has been a professional working in the makeup effects field for over 15 years. Primarily working as a sculptor and painter he eventually found his way to one of Hollywood’s leading makeup effects companies, The Burman Studio, where he ultimately became creative director and project supervisor. He was given the core foundation needed to have his own company by owner’s Bari and Tom Burman. Learning the fundamentals of building teams and orchestrating these teams to get the best work possible under extremely tight deadlines on TV shows like Nip Tuck and Grey’s Anatomy. For both shows he was nominated for 4 primetime Emmy awards.

Justin Raleigh

Justin L Raleigh is an Academy Award, Emmy and MUAHS Guild award-winning creative effects artist as well as owner and CEO of Fractured FX Inc. With nearly 30 years in the special make-up effects industry. Justin has managed and art directed the creation of the special make-up effects, visual effects hybrid makeups, and specialty costumes for some of the most groundbreaking films and television series of recent years.

Jason Collins

Jason Collins started his company Autonomous FX, Inc. In 2005 specializing in all aspects of makeup and character effects for film and television. As a Special Makeup Effects Designer he’s responsible for designing and developing makeup and character effects from conception through the build and application on set. He’s been fortunate enough to win multiple Makeup and Hairstylst Guild Awards and an Emmy for his work in ‘Pam and Tommy‘.

Devin Morales

With skills ranging from natural beauty to special effects, Devin Morales is a versatile Makeup Artist that enjoys creating characters for Film and Television. From a young age she always been passionate about music and performing arts and her love of storytelling is evident in the way she prioritizes even the tiniest of details in her craft.

Her career started in New York City and Orlando but she now lives in Atlanta. Working on notable shows like Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Halloween Kills and Hillbilly Elegy have earned her recognition with previous Emmy and Makeup Guild Award Nominations.

Doug Drexler

Doug Drexler

Makeup master Dick Smith gave Doug Drexler his start in the business on the Hunger. His 40 years of experience in film and television spans a broad background, including visual effects, special character makeup, concept design, illustration, and graphic design.

Drexler is best known for his work on Star Trek, holding more positions over eighteen years than anyone in the franchises 54 year history. He claims the rare distinction of having designed two U.S.S. Enterprises.

Doug has won both American and British Academy Awards for makeup, been nominated for eight prime time Emmys, and winning twice for Visual Effects. He is also a Saturn, Visual Effects Society, and Peabody Award winner.

Nataleigh Verrengia

Nataleigh Verrengia is a Local 798 Journeyman Make-up Artist from Tampa, Florida.  Shortly after mentoring with a bridal makeup artist for a high school project, Nataleigh realized she wanted to pursue a career as Makeup Artist. In 2013 Nataleigh graduated from Joe Blasco Makeup Artist Training Center.  After a few years of honing her skills and developing a love for working with character makeup, Nataleigh moved to Atlanta Georgia where she began her career in Film and Television. Since then she has worked on teams for episodic shows such as “Stranger Things”, “Cobra Kai”, “Ms. Marvel” and “The Righteous Gemstones”.  In 2022 Nataleigh was nominated for a prime time television Emmy award for her work on “Stranger Things” Season 4 as a Key Makeup Artist.

Rocco Gaglioti

Rocco Gaglioti is a Professional Makeup Artist with over 13 years of experience in the makeup industry. His strengths include beauty, airbrush, and special makeup effects. His broadening experience has taken shape through his work both in the United States and abroad, creating characters for Universal Studios Makeup Dept. in Orlando, Fl and for Hong Kong’s Ocean Park. He has worked in freelance cosmetics, taught masterclasses and demonstrations and is a Union member of Local 798. He largely contributes his growing skillset to the various creative collaborations he’s had with many talented artists from around the world. These artistic talents have led him to earn many accomplishments over the course of his career, including his Emmy nominated work for Season 4 of Netflix’s Stranger Things.
“Makeup has the ability to be an escape from reality to other worlds we get to create.”- Rocco Gaglioti

Lisa Poe

Lisa Poe is an Emmy nominated IATSE Local 706/798 makeup artist. Some of her credits include, “Stranger Things“, “Tell Me Lies“, “13 Reasons Why“, and “Devs“. Originally based out of the Bay Area, Lisa got her start working in theater. Through years of training she honed her skills of working quickly, and well with a team. Over the past few years, on-camera work became her passion and focus. She currently resides and works out of Atlanta.

Amy L Forsythe

Amy L Forsythe is a professional makeup artist in the TV/Film industry whose work coming up in independent film helped her become the well rounded and resourceful artist she is today.  Having been tethered to shows like Stranger Things and Russian Doll more recently, she has had the opportunity to showcase her strengths at a higher production value level, being acknowledged by her peers with Emmy/Guild nominations for period/character makeup (non-prosthetic), special effects prosthetic makeup, as well as contemporary makeup.  Creating a fully developed world for people to get lost in is what she loves the most about this craft, especially the collaborative nature in how each show gets shaped.  Amy is based in New York, splits her time in Atlanta and is represented by the Milton Agency in LA; She is in both IATSE 798 and 706.

Eddie Duyos

Eddie Duyos is a NYC based make-up artist and Global educator with a degree in Fashion Design & skilled in Make-up Artistry ranging from special effects, theater, runway, film, & editorial. With over 25 years of experience working with top beauty brands and vast work in editorial he has developed a keen eye for color composition, and artistic trends. Because of his fluency in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, Eddie has been an Instructional Designer for the U.S., Mexico, Canada & Brazil and is currently the leading Pro Education & Artistry at MAKE UP FOR EVER for North America. Eddie’s vast experience on set for global campaigns has also given him the opportunity to work on Global Artistry teams for New York Fashion Week, as a Global Artist, lead talent on brand videos, and key facilitator for recognized Global Artistry brands.

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