How I spent my Covid ‘way-cation’

By Jennifer Snowdon

It’s Fall and back-to-school. Students’ pencils are sharpened and crayons are at the ready to reflect and write about: “How I spent my summer vacation!”

In many ways, I feel that I’m just coming back after a long ‘way-cation.’ 

By ‘way-cation,’ I mean everything I’ve been away from during Covid! Away from everybody and everything during lockdown; missing any possibility of work as a makeup artist; tossing out so many ideas for the future that are impossible to recoup; stranded from all the wonderful family and friends gathering in person, and away from hugs!

I was inspired by this excerpt of Welcomehumans by Lindsey Uluwehimailani Morriss:

“With your first breath in the morning light,
what is it that you want to commit to
again and again? Can you say it out loud?
What matters to you
now more than ever?
Where does your energy
yearn to go now that the
world has stopped?
What is worthy of your time and heart, 
your prayers and thoughts
your blood and guts?
What will you choose to place your value on? 
With a once in a lifetime chance,
a moment out of time,
the movie’s been paused,
and you have the power
to decide what plays next.
Welcome to the re-evaluation of the century.” 

In the newness of this Fall season, I do not want to forget when everything stopped and the re-evaluation of all aspects in my life began.

I spent days in contemplation and meditation, praying for the quieting of my mind and the rush hour life of before. Then came the evaluation of what was still relevant, followed by days of purging files of creative plans and projects that no longer would have a place; serious plans of re-location that were not just put on the back burner, but in the shredder. I faced the regret of all that hadn’t been accomplished already and the important work that was often brushed aside for the busyness of the day-to-day. 

I was left holding one file, one idea that first came to me in 2007. It’s been rescued from the “regrets” pile and launched into action, something relevant and worthy and inclusive of all that I love. My comprehensive skills as a makeup artist combined with the intuitive understanding of what I have come to know as the essence of everyone, allows the uniqueness of each individual to be brought forth in appearance. My intention in carefully teaching custom makeup techniques is to let the inner light shine forth, both in person and on camera.

It is my pleasure to introduce:

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I have many people to thank who helped and advised me through this entire process. I’ll be acknowledging them on my Social Media platforms for some time! 

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Jennifer Snowdon

Jennifer Snowdon Jennifer Snowdon, Makeup Artist for film and television, has 25 plus years experience in the industry. She worked on the first High Definition camera tests with David Niles, who was building the camera for Sony. That insight into the cameras to come created a different lens for her makeup work and it wasn’t fully realized until the cameras became the standard ten years later. Keeping pace with the wave of visual online marketing, communication, and now performance venues, she has just launched a new facet of her career. She loves teaching makeup applications for individuals and groups, whether for the marketplace or for landing that special role with a video audition. Virtual Makeup Coaching sessions at …MAKEITUPTRUE.com Currently, she is Makeup Department Head for WONDERAMA and working closely with David Osmond, Emmy Nominated Host. Premiere of Season 7- September 17. TV and @WONDERAMATV. In her love of the Indie Film world, several of her favorites are available on Amazon Prime now. One of the favorable outcomes brought about by the Pandemic was when virtual content became high demand, opening up viewers to so many incredible Indie filmmakers. Favorites to work on and watch: “Threebound” with Kate Forsatz, writer, director, producer, actor, and an NYWIFT member. A smart Rom-com watch. “No Pay, Nudity”, starring Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane, Francis Conroy, and many more Broadway stars; Directed by Lee Wilkof. A New York story for all creatives in the industry. Comedy and poignancy both. Makeup Dept. Head for the NY Unit of “EDEN”, a Foreign Film with Greta Gerwig and directed by Mia Hansen-Love.  In the Documentary World, Key Makeup Artist for PBS “American Masters - August Wilson - The Ground on Which I Stand” with greats such as James Earl Jones, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Frankie Faison, Kenny Leon. She felt honored to work with these legends and to hear the tales of the inspired life of August Wilson.  In Theater she loved creating real-life characters such as Dr. Martin Luther King in “The Man in Room 306”, Craig Alan Edwards, 59 E59 Theater, and Katherine Erbe as Pat Nixon in Checkers, Vineyard Theater. A member of NYWIFT for so many years of invaluable connections, networking, mentoring exchanges both for Jennifer and by her for others, with education from panels of women willing to share their expertise, that she loves offering her makeup skills to the yearly events, The Muse Awards and Designing Women. 

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