Debbie Zoller, Bill Corso, Mike Mekash, Eryn Krueger Mekash, Richard Redlefsen, Selena Miller, Tym Buacharern, Ve Neill, Jake Garber and Kim Greene

From award winning Local 706 IATSE makeup artist, Debbie Zoller, comes The Mentors Project, an amazing, unique opportunity for ten Makeup Artists working toward a career in Film and Television from every area of artistry focus from  Beauty to Character and Special Makeup FX.

Along with Zoller, she has invited nine fellow makeup artists to join her in volunteering their time for this eight week program in support of artists developing a career in the field who are not yet a part of the IATSE union. In addition to Zoller, the mentors include industry icons Bill Corso, Mike MekashEryn Krueger Mekash, Richard Redlefsen, Selena Miller, Tym Buacharern, Ve Neill, Jake Garber and Kim Greene. Each mentor will guide one Makeup Artist through once a week mentoring and coaching sessions along with project assignments and artistry reviews.

I have been contacted by many artists that are giving up hope of a career they worked so hard to achieve given the state of the industry today with all that is happening with the current mandatory production shutdowns.” Said Zoller Over the period of the mentorship, artists chosen to participate in the program have the opportunity to up their skills with the support of one of these amazing and highly skilled artists and stay motived to continue to work toward their career dreams.

Zoller’s hope is that once the shut down is over, these artists will be that much closer to achieving their makeup goals and ready for new and unique challenges that the makeup industry will be facing. “I created this specifically for mental and artistic support, for the non-union community, working hard towards their union days. I truly hope it helps keep these passionate new artists focused and motivated during a tough time for our industry

So how do you apply to this amazing program?

All Artists interested in applying for The Mentors Project must submit ALL of the following:

  • Must enter by sending an email to by May 15, 2020 and include: your name, address and phone number, social media handles and website if applicable.
  • Submissions must also include a letter explaining why the applicant feel that being a part of The Mentors Project would benefit them.
  • An outline of career goals and current samples of work, that have been created specifically with a focus toward film and television artistry, must also be included.
  • Work submissions may be by website link or attachment, and can be student work, test shoots, non-union film, television or commercial projects. The submissions can include beauty makeups, facial hair application, prosthetic application, tattoo application, tattoo cover, or sculptures that are completed or in-process.

Once all applications are received, The Mentors will review each submission and determine which ten artists will be matched up with a Mentor for the program. Confirmed participants will be contacted directly the week of May 25, 2020 if they have been chosen to participate in the program.

Such an oppotunity is not to be missed, Good Luck!