Though production on Syfy’s second season of their reality make-up competition program, Face Off, isn’t set to start in Los Angeles until the middle of September, the judges and former contestants are already highly anticipating what they will see from the new slew of up-and-coming artists passing the audition round and making it onto the show.
“We don’t have anything to do with picking,” season one judge Ve Neill, who will be returning next year, said during the International Make-Up Artists Trade Show held this weekend in Pasadena CA.
“I didn’t even know Frank Ippolito was going to be on the show– or Tate, and I had met Tate years ago when he won another program. He was in a make-up competition up in Canada, and one of his prizes was that he could come meet me on one of the Pirates [of the Caribbean] sets.”
Since she and fellow judge Glenn Hetrick (along with new addition to their team, season one contestant Connor McCullagh) are now hard at work on The Hunger Games, they will once again only learn who will be competing when they show up for their first challenge. But already they, along with some past contestants, are giving some thought to what the challenges may be.
McCullagh thought it would have been great to have to put someone in a creature suit in his season, but since they never did, he wouldn’t mind watching the new group sweat such a challenge!
And Gage Hubbard reiterated something he expressed in an on-screen show interview: a realistic Muppets challenge!
“I just thought it would be really cool to have to come up with a realistic Muppet look– like what if a Muppet was a person?” He offered, completely seriously. “I said it, but clearly they didn’t listen to me!”
Maybe not just yet, though. The challenges for season two are surely still being worked out. And knowing that, he continued with another idea: old-age make-up.
Sidenote: During Syfy’s press day for the debut season of Face Off back in January, they aged a woman from her thirties to her eighties and had her sit in the audience so we could see the drastic result. Naturally a demo was not possible, as it takes hours of prosthetics and brush technique, but on a set time is money, so what if the aspiring artists were tasked with trying to do a speedier version?
“It would be really a challenge,” Hubbard admitted. “You wouldn’t always see the best work represented, but it would be a real challenge, and I think it would be really cool.”
Neill and Hetrick both said they were just looking forward to seeing the excited new talent coming before them. After all, you never know who you will meet, and in this business, networking and showing off what you can do is the only real way you’ll get jobs.
“For me, it’s all about that blurb or cover letter you put with your resume,” Hetrick shared. “It’s those who show they are willing to never stop learning that I [pay attention to]…I don’t care if it’s only a sentence or two, but those people who are passionate and show why are the ones I call.”
What do you think? Are there any specific looks you hope to see taken on in season two? Sound off in the comments below!
Face Off will begin production in Los Angeles in September and return to Syfy in January.
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