Oceanside CA— A high school teacher once told Jamie Leodones she would never be able to do anything with a degree in arts, let alone make a living out of it. Today, Leodones can proudly prove that high school teacher wrong.
Leondones’ journey into stage makeup began in 2002, when the then-music-major took a MiraCosta stagecraft class and switched her major to technical theater.
“In order to earn the technical theater degree, students have to take the stage makeup class, which I didn’t want to… but I had to,” said Leodones.
While Leodones had some experience in sculpting, drawing and painting—applying makeup to a face was completely new to her.
“I don’t wear makeup in general so I was kind of scared,” Leodones said. “Then I realized makeup was just like painting, but on the face. It just clicked.”
In 2003, Leodones began to work as a makeup and hair designer for various MiraCosta College theater productions, including 1940s Radio Hour, Once Upon a Mattress, The Matchmaker, Charlie’s Aunt, Once on this Island, As You Like It, and most recently, the fall 2014 production of Twelfth Night.