Students learn how to take their talents to Hollywood


Students gathered in the Nelke Theatre on Friday, Oct. 30 to learn the ins and outs of makeup and hair as a profession in the entertainment industry. Those currently taking makeup classes at BYU displayed their work and then professionals from the industry addressed the students.

Most of the invited professionals work behind the scenes doing hair and makeup for Studio C. Each told their journey into the profession showing how completely different one can get there and offered students advice.

Marren Bailey Copeland, freelance makeup and hair artist, said that she did not pick up a makeup brush until she was a freshman in college. She pursued theatre at BYU and soon discovered the makeup classes. It never occurred to her that she could be a makeup artist for a profession.

“It was never actually a career I thought I would have, but it is definitely one that I am so happy I have,” Copeland said.

Copeland was recently hired as BYU Broadcasting’s first hair and makeup department head.

Jennine Hollingshaus, adjunct faculty at BYU, grew up on a farm and had to sneak makeup to school. She practiced on her friends and spent the day of dances doing everyone else’s hair and makeup. During her time at BYU, a friend needed help with makeup for a production. Jennine ended up coming to the show every night to help her friend. She caught the attention of faculty and got a job in the makeup department and after taking some classes decided she wanted to become a makeup artist.

Hollingshaus now teaches three makeup design classes at BYU. She advises students to practice, saying that some students watch videos and think they can copy it without the practice.

“Trying it and doing it is important,” Hollingshaus said. “Watching videos isn’t the same as getting your hands in it.”

The other two professionals were Kathy Lynch, a licensed cosmetologist, and Karl Wesson, a professional union hair artist who has won Emmy awards for his work.

All of the professionals agreed that their success came from networking and a willingness to do the grunt work.

“It’s all about being a good worker so people want to pass your name around,” Kathy Lynch said. “I have 30 years doing hair behind me and I still do projects for free sometimes.”

Wesson also addressed the students on the importance of standing up for values in the entertainment business.

“Heavenly Father is there to help you. It is not an easy job,” Wesson said. “There is heavy duty stuff behind it all and you have to be able to stand up for your beliefs.”

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