Where better to get 3D candy pasties than from New Zealands’ own Body Art, Special Effects company BodyFX  with a new studio just opened just down the road from First Scene.  I went to the Launch party and have since interview Yolanda the Lady of BodyFX.  From competitions and workshops all round the world to Top Model and body art Burlesque.. this team can do ANYTHING!!

What does a girl like you on a normal day “at work”?
There is no such thing as a normal day… unfortunately I do spent a lot of time on the PC, something I would like to do less of this year and focus more on creative projects. Right now there is a lot of planning and organizing events and projects, buying new products for the shop and sorting out all the courses that I’ll be teaching this year in New Zealand and abroad.

How did you get into the industry and what made you decide this is what you wanted to make a living out of?
I got into it through my mum, she started painting me when I was 16 and then decided that it would be fun to try it out myself. I wasn’t quite sure It would be a full time career so I also did a Fashion Degree course at Massey. Unfortunately I don’t find much time for the sewing side of things anymore, but very happy to do so well with the thing I enjoy most!
5 years ago I attended the world-champs for the first time and came second, that was the point that I kind arrived in the scene, and things gotten bigger and better since.

 

What tips would you give new others who might be interested in a similar career?
You really have to be passionate about it, I spend most of the time working but when you enjoy what you do it does not feel like work. Also in the last 10 years the face and body art industry has grown like crazy, you really have to stay on top of your game and grow your skills.

When did you discover there was life outside the corporate 9-5 Office grind? Was there a specific event or epiphany that brought that about?
Never done the 9-5 as I have grown up in this job, and as it is not a job it is more 24-7.

Have you ever struggled to get what you do at work or out of work taken seriously?
I think my in-laws are still not convinced it is a career choice and think I am slightly mad for it. (If people think you’re slightly mad- you must be doing something right!) But hey, I don’t mind proving them otherwise…

Your work is very specialized – is this something you’ve learned in an education system or did you fall into it?
I have done some training, normal make up and airbrushing, and I am still learning all the time. As I have been traveling lots I have been privileged to work with and see some amazing artists creating their work. Also Youtube is a great source of information… (check out their channel!)

What effect has the Internet had on the way that you work?
Huge I must say, I spent a lot of time there. Either to promote my work, sell products, get inspiration or stay in touch with my fellow painters around the world.

What is the biggest, most exciting project you’ve worked on / are most proud of?
Wow I guess there have been a few, I think the ones I am most proud of are the ones that I set out to do like winning the World Champs and working on New Zealand’s Next top model or the Rugby World Cup Opening. The most glamorous one is still the launch of V Australia, Flying to Sydney to paint for Richard Branson was pretty epic.

World Champs

Have you got anything exciting in the pipeline that you would like to share with us?
Well this year would be little less travel and more play at the homefront. I am looking forward doing some projects around Kingsland, where our new Studio is based, A lot more online presence through Youtube tutorials. We’ll be at Bloom and Splore festival and we’ll have loads of courses and workshops coming up.
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