1. Who are you, where are you from and what do you do for a living?
I'm Emma Räsänen make-up/special effects make-up artist from Helsinki, Finland.
2. When and how did your career get started?
I went to the first school in the field in 2007. Actually, I drifted to study the field through many coincidences, which in the end turned out to be one of the best coincidences in my life. So I can't really say this to have been a childhood dream and even applying to the school was a big surprise to the people close to me and even a bigger one to me. Though the industry swept me off of my feet from the very first school day.
3. How would you describe the way you do make-up and masks?
With make-up I appriciate technical expertise, and I think that to be one my strengths. This means, that I'm able to take in consideration the individual facial features of the person I'm putting the make up on, that the make-up is resistant, symmetrical (if there is such a purpose) and three dimensional. I've been teaching sevelar years in the field so it has been necessary to think about the make-up basics from a different point of view than just doing it. I think that the appreciation towards technique has become from that. I'm also a perfectionist and I demand a lot from myself, which is ofcourse essential to development (but also occasionally tough). With special effects make-up I'm happy to receive challenges and I like to try new ways to implement them. When I do for example cuts and bruises the most important thing for me is to make the make-up look as real as possible. I do a lot of research about how the real things look like and practise, practise, practise... Some time a go I carried out a piece of work where I used real fish scales and in another one I "pierced" the body of the model with a real bullhorn. So the most important thing to me is that the end result is as autentic as possible even though getting the materials would be very difficult.
4. What are the things you love most about your job?
There are so many things I love about my job -creativity, the challenge, entrepreneuship (I get to be the master of my own work). I'm very social by nature, so meeting new people and working with different teams is awesome! It's also nice to have a job where you learn something new every day. I believe that that is the thing that will mentain my passion for this job!
5. What are the sources for your inspiration?
The world around me. I take inspiration everywhere and all the time. I love to observe people on public transports, on the streets, on TV, in magazines. I follow fashion magazines shamefully little, because I'm more interested of ordinary people in everyday life. I don't look at people in an evaluating way but to explore their different kind of faces and way of dressing, with sincere interest. My beauty standards are different from the majority - the most beautiful features to me are the different kind of facial features like bigger ears and tooth gaps.
6. Who do you admire in the business?
My colleagues. It's awesome to work with the professionals in the business who for example use to be my teachers.
7. What are the things you'd wish to change in the business?
The appriciation towards professional skills. At the moment there seems to be a habit of hiring the cheapest. Our industry is over trained and you can see make-up artists in all different levels. This happens in many other industries as well, which I would naturally wish to change. With a professional make-up artist the end result is nevertheless the best and in many cases saves time (and nerves) of other team members.
Pictures by: Nadi Hammouda
8. The greatest achievements in your career so far?
The greatest achievement is that I make a living with this work and I get to do it full time. I've also tried competing - in 2012 I won the Finnish championships in special effects make-up and this year I was second. With Make-up World championships I was 6th. I also take it as a great tribute from my colleagues that I was chosen to be a member of the board of The Proffesional Make-up artist of Finland for the coming year.
9. Your future dreams and goals?
My dreams and goals regarding my career is to develop better and better and to stay humble and to maintain passion for the work that I do. In addition to my career in the near future my dream is to start a family and to buy a small wooden house from the countryside.
10. Your life motto?
"You wont get anything, unless you try." (Mitään et saa jos et yritä.) A cliche but it works.
Thank you for the interview Emma! You can check more of her work on her website here. And last but not least, Emmas favorite song for now here: Ane Brun: Changing of seasons
Creative talent is a serie where I want to pick the brain of the people who to me are interesting, creative, talented and/or promising in the field of fashion, art and music.