This amazing lady worked with me on Variety’s Wizard of OZ this year- let’s hear from wig and makeup artist Krystal!
Q: What was your first experience in theatre?
I was in middle school and was told by the drama director to “read this, but with emotion.” Next thing I know I was cast as Emma in Over the River and Through the Woods. I was a very convincing grandma as a 7th grader. But my first experience in the theatrical side of theatre wasn’t until my sophomore year in high school. My directors told me about a Theatrical Design competition and had me do the hair and makeup category, the rest is history.
Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?
It is never too early or late to seize opportunities.
Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.
I ran Hairspray at a local high school as the wig technician and we had to be behind a rolling set piece for Welcome to the 60’s, wig changes on top of costume changes, during the first dress I remember one of the wardrobe kids froze and Tracy didn’t have her dress fully zipped up in the back but her presence made up for it!
Q: What is your dream role/show?
Cats: The Musical… I LOVE IT. That is my one and only dream show to run as a Wig Technician.
Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?
Keeping Up with the Kardashians!
Thank you Krystal- I will admit to a secret love of Cats myself!!
Grace Austin is an STL area director and educator.
See her work at gracemaustin.com