Save Your Life


This weekend I tried my hand at film makeup, and it seems to have gone over well! I worked on 3 male actors, and it was a much simpler form of makeup that way. Guys don’t need any eye makeup, they just need some general skin care and foundation to even out their complexions, and then lots of setting powder, and some bronzer for sculpting. I was especially handy at mopping up sweaty brows and re-powdering shiny noses 🙂 I had to create some sort of prison yard type tattoos on the thugs in the film, so I put a spider web on one man’s neck, and the other’s elbow, and put a cross on one’s forearm and a spade on the other’s hand. They were by no means professional looking, and when you looked at them in person you could tell it wasn’t real, and was eyeliner, but it worked for the shot. I also got to bloody a guy’s nose and lip! It was exciting.

Save Your Life is going to be a TV special that they are hoping will be picked up by a network and eventually become a series. The premise is that you can use martial arts training for many things in life, including overcoming trauma, dealing with past hurts, and getting yourself out of dangerous situations, the last being the scene we shot this weekend. We filmed in downtown San Jose, and boy did we get so many curious glances from passers-by.

I met a lot of really, genuinely nice people on this shoot, most of them associated with KO Karate. Master John Ozuna is the proprietor of KO, wrote a book about his multitude of life experiences from which Save Your Life originated, and is such a sweetheart! His fellow instructors and students made up the cast and extras, and there was a small production team who were professional and eager to make the most of every situation, from gawkers, light rail trains, buses and homeless people, to ever-changing light situations, losing power and having to re-shoot certain scenes soooo many times.

I am so happy to have been a part of this production, but man, I was worn out at the end of the first day because it followed my 5k and early wake up time. We had originally planned on just one day of shooting, but due to losing the light, we shot 2 scenes on Sunday to finish up. Over all it was about 10 hours total, but in film, you hurry up to wait. You rush rush rush to get everything done so you can start shooting, then you just hang around to see when you will be needed.

I didn’t get to snap a lot of pictures during the shooting, but here are the few I caught!

Master John Ozuna in the KO Karate studio

Pete, AKA Thug #1

Leland AKA The Dealer and his neck tattoo

Shooting on 1st st at Paseo de San Antonio

Fun facts I learned this weekend: Master Ozuna is the 2008 Guinness World Record holder of most martial arts punches in one minute, we was chosen to be one of the Ninja Turtles in the original movie, but declined the role to pursue more martial arts, the KO Karate studio bathrooms are AH-MAZING, one being the Zen garden and the other the Dragon’s Den, and they both live up to their names.

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5k and a TV pilot- in the same day!


It’s here it’s here it’s here!!!! The Henry Coe Park 5k  that I have been training for the last 3-4 months is tomorrow morning! In the last 4 months I have: sweat gallons, had more aches and pains than I knew what to do with, lost 7 pounds (woo hooo!!), ate cleaner than I have in years, listened to Lady Gaga more than I thought I ever would, accomplished so much, and made myself proud.

My goal: to finish the race in 31 minutes. This is on par with my training, knowing I run a consistent 10 minute mile, and the course is 3.1 miles. If I can do it quicker, great!

Now, I had originally planned on going to a yummy crepe breakfast at a restaurant in Gilroy after the race, but a few days ago, one of my salon co-workers called and offered me a really cool opportunity. His karate master instructor John Ozuna of KO Karate has a book coming out soon, and is hoping to launch a TV program called “Save Your Life” to correspond with the content of the book- using martial arts training to overcome obstacles in your life. Some of the stories he writes about are a Holocaust survivor using martial arts to battle the emotional demons and scars from what he went through, a child with autism who is able to “come alive” and interact with his family and friends through martial arts, and also how the master himself used his training to deflect a violent situation that erupted on the street in New York.

We will be filming the last scene as part of the pilot tomorrow, after my 5k. Truth time? Yes, I think so. I am freaking SCARED to do this project! I have worked on a film previously, but I did hair, and occasionally touched up powder and lipstick when the makeup artist was off set. This is my first project where I will be key makeup and hair. I have this slogan that I have stuck with for the last 4 years: FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT. I have to embrace this idea tomorrow when for the first time I am completely accountable for how the actors look.  No pressure or anything.

I think if I am asking for any good wishes and luck, that it be for the filming, rather than the running. The running I have down, but the filming….yeah.

One last thing: good makeup is SUPER expensive!! Building my makeup kit has been quite the ordeal. I never imagined the cost makeup artists had to stomach when building their kits, because as a hair stylist, I buy bobby pins and products occasionally, and can use the same irons, products etc for every person. Not the case with makeup. Every person has a different skin tone, needing different makeup colors, and I have to provide them! Whew. You would not believe the amount of money I have spent the last 2 weeks, and I won’t share, because most went on credit, and that’s way scary!

Wish me luck!