Academy Award winner Matthew W. Mungle is regarded as one of Hollywood's premier make-up special effects artists. With over 200 film and television projects to his credit, Matthew has earned accolades and recognition as one of the industry's top masters of makeup effects illusion.
He has been nominated four times for the Academy Award for Best Makeup, winning in 1992 for Bram Stoker's Dracula. He has also received 26 Emmy nominations, winning 6. In addition to Dracula, he has also received Oscar nominations for his work on Schindler's List, Ghosts of Mississippi, and Albert Nobbs.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/matthewmungle
-How he initially became interested in makeup effects and some of his initial inspirations including movies and Richard Corson’s Stage Makeup.
-The experience of moving to Los Angeles and his early work in film.
-A walk-through of many of his films including The Guardian, Edward Scissorhands, and What About Bob?
-His experience in working with Tim Burton and Frank Oz.
-His Academy Award win for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and his nominations for Ghosts of Mississippi, Schindler’s List, and Albert Nobbs.
-His advice to young people who are considering getting into makeup effects.
-How he took on the “Oscar Curse.”
-The change that occurred in his work and career after he stopped working from home.
-Learning to delegate.
-His advice to always find a way to learn from your mistakes.
-Maintaining a professional relationship with actors and actresses.
-What he’s up to now, including helping James Glavan with the new edition of Richard Corson’s Stage Makeup.
“I never started my career out thinking ‘I’m going to win an Academy Award.’ I just did it because I love this profession.”
“If you really love what you do, you’re going to be successful. Because you point yourself in that direction and it’s a positive thing in your life.”
“60% is working with people, listening, being kind, and doing your job. And 40% is your talent.”
“I had to learn to let go of some of my idiosyncrasies and demands of myself and put that onto others.”
Hannah Faith Yata is half Japanese and was born and raised in a small town in Georgia. She grew up with a deep love of nature and animals passed down by the beautiful surroundings in the country and her mother.
In her paintings, Yata seeks to interweave the parallels of the unconscious with the struggle of the natural environment and how it relates to views regarding the body of the woman and that of nature.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/hannahyata
-Her early career as she worked other jobs while doing her own work in her free time.
-Doing work for B.o.B.
-The role that nature (and human interference) plays in her pieces.
-Her process and the amount of planning that goes into her pieces.
-Magic and synchronicity.
-How you often get rewarded for going after the thing you’ve always dreamed of going after.
-The difference between commissions and personal work and striking a balance between them.
-The importance of surrounding yourself with other likeminded creative individuals.
-Learning from her husband, Jean Pierre Arboleda’s experiences.
-Some of the creative resistances that she faces.
-Not getting too caught up in what other people are doing, but keeping your head down and doing your own best work.
-How to bridge the gap between lack of skill and taste.
“You never want to put yourself in a place that you can’t do your own work.”
“I can’t tell you how many people asked me, ‘Why are you going to college for art? This is a waste of a degree.”
“I feel like half the time you are making things, you’re in a frustrated state.”
“Do your best work. Don’t look at anybody else. Keep doing what you feel is comfortable and right for yourself.”
“I did a lot of work and I sucked at a lot of it, but I kept making it and learning from those mistakes.”
“I really believe in creative people and I think that the world needs more of them.”
Nikki Rae is an independent author who lives in New Jersey. She explores human nature through fiction, concentrating on making the imaginary as real as possible. Her genres of choice are mainly dark, scary, romantic tales, but she’ll try anything once. When she is not writing, reading, or thinking, you can find her spending time with animals, drawing in a quiet corner, or studying people. Closely.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/nikkirae
-How she started writing when she was 14 and homebound after breaking her leg and having nothing else to do.
-The frustrating and fruitless experience of querying her first novel out to publishers for five years.
-The differences between indie publishing and traditional publishing.
-How independent publishing takes away the gatekeepers.
-Being able to interact with and get feedback from her audience as she is writing.
-Getting burnt out.
-Her strategy of writing for half of the year and promoting for the other half.
-How everyone struggles with imposter syndrome… even Neil Gaiman.
-How she battles her inner editor through word sprints.
“I feel like when I was querying the story, I was asking for permission for my story to be real to people. The more I did it, the more I hated the idea of other people being in charge of what I wanted to put into the world.”
“It’s like two-parts writing and a-million-parts promoting.”
“Rejection isn’t an excuse to not put a book out there anymore.”
“Any creative person that’s good at what they do hates half of what they do.”
“Your world is in your head, and it’s up to you to make it real.”
Megan Carty is a New England-based artist who makes cheerful abstract floral paintings that are uplifting and color-drenched for people who have a flair for bold statements and tailored style.
Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/megancarty
-How she always knew that she wanted to be an artist or an art teacher when she grew up.
-The seed that was planted in her at a young age to seek praise or to do what her teacher liked rather than what she wanted to create.
-The dangers of comparing yourself to others.
-Some of the trials and tribulations she went through after college, including sexism, 9/11, depression, layoffs, breakups, and struggling to find the right fit career-wise.
-Being appreciative of the negative experiences while you don’t know what brings you joy, because they inform you of what does bring you joy.
-Getting involved with Etsy and the double-edged sword of being able to do anything, but also getting frozen by being able to do anything.
-The important decision to not wait until you reach Point B to be happy, but to attempt to experience happiness today and throughout your entire journey.
-How following your joy leads to finding more joy (and also spreading it to others).
-How she battles negative thoughts and even depression.
-How wishing on a star is a skill we have as children that we gradually lose.
-How artists need to take their creative “medicine” or else they start to feel ill.
-Donald Trump in relation to creativity.
“I just let all of the roadblocks overcome me.”
“I was on the wrong path and I was doing all the wrong things. Everything had to blow up in order for me to get on the right path.”
“I had lost the sense of joy of creating.”
“What is it I want to make, and what is it that makes me the most happy while I’m making it?”
“If you have a creative passion that you’re not pursuing, chances are you’re feeling a little bit negative and sad about it.”
“There’s nothing that can stop me except for my own thoughts.”
“If it’s tickling your heart, then that’s the right thing. Do more of that.”