Circus West Kids – "Around The World In 80 Days"

Circus West Kids – "Around The World In 80 Days"

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Circus West Kids – “Around The World In 80 Days”


I was delighted to have been contacted by Jay Nunn’s, a member of the Circus West crew. He had a run of shows coming up soon and needed professional makeup for the cast. The show was entitled, “Around The World in 80 Days” and was to be performed by the Circus West Kids. He requested airbrushed makeup as from his past experience, this has been the most efficient method of application. Efficiency was vital considering we had over 20 faces to make up! I knew I would need help!


I only met with Jay in person “the day before the show”. Well that was silly of us! I didn’t hear all of the details until then so obviously didn’t realise this was a serious booking until I was left with hours to organise a team of artists to help me over the next 4 days of day “and” night performances. Yikes! What have I gotten myself into!

I called Blanche Mcdonald right away to ask for some help in finding volunteer makeup artists so last minute. The careers advisors, Heather and Jenn, immediately put a volunteer position posting out for me on their facebook profile to help me with what seemed to be an impossible task. I also used my own facebook. I sent out a mass email from my facebook group, Faye Smith Makeup & Hair Artist, calling for any Vancouver based artists to help. Surprisingly…I got a few responses!


Abby Cruz – 1st Assistant Makeup Artist
Krysten Merrick
Stephanie Miramontes
Erin Mitchell
Kristina Wood

These are the names and web-links of the girls who came to my rescue. Some post graduates. Some students. Abby Cruz even took over as the key makeup artist for me for the Saturday show as I had a booking that day. I couldn’t have pulled this off without these girls and I am so greatful for their assistance. I had such a fun time with each and every one of them and the show ran amazingly smooth! We managed to have at least 3 artists for each show. With 4 artists, we finished with an hour to spare. With 3…with seconds to spare!

The kids were absolutely fantastic. A pleasure to work with! I would be more than happy to work with Circus West again. Hopefully with more time to plan and organise next time! It is certainly true that if you are determined enough…you can do anything!

Ian Paterson Photography

Faye Smith
Makeup & Hair Artist


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