My friend Junis would be VERY interested in this conversation; however she is in Hong Kong teaching special effects make-up. She has been a make-up artist (and I mean artist) in LA for 20 + years. She moved here to Portland to be closer to family. She is finding it very tough to find serious crews capable of performing up to the standards of the LA crews.
Junis has worked on many projects; including a few Star Trek - Next Generations; Seasons 4 & 5 of Babylon 5; and she did the special effects make-up for the Silas character in the DaVinci Code (remember when he tightens the thorns around his leg). This is a very short resume to show she does have what it takes to make it in the business.
She has worked very hard since coming to Portland last September; to make contacts with everyone who would return her many calls, sometimes making appointments and no one would show up. She feels Portland has a reputation for being POT smoking flakes and deservedly so. She believes that Portland lost the opportunity to have Twilight filmed here because the flake factor is so rampant. And the TV series with Kevin Bacon is being run by an LA crew because there are NO qualified crews here in Portland. The flake factor entails: people who show up when they want to show up, they have poor work ethic (In LA there are 5 people waiting in the wings for your job so you have to work hard to keep your job.), and the arrogance of the people who are know nothing about the industry and feel entitled to preferential treatment.
I will forward the link to this “Think Out Loud” show to her. I know she has so much more to say about this subject. I have listened to many frustrated phone calls speaking of all the many facets of this subject. I know she would have really wanted to talk with you.
Perhaps people would be willing to open their mind to learning new skills. That would be a benefit to all.
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