The super hit comedy on NBC is in it’s second season and no one’s happier to be working on this show than Makeup Department Head Jessica Crocker. She’s an artist to the “T” and it’s no wonder she won an Emmy. (I mean, have you seen her Instagram page with massively detailed tattoo artistry, crazy super effects makeup and a few glimpses of the gorge About a Boy star Minnie Driver?) Her creative soul developed early in her preschool days, and aside from painting actors’ faces on hit TV shows and films, she’s also an oil painter with an art exhibit opening soon. We asked Jessica about that moment when she won an Emmy, her staple makeup products and what it’s like to keep herself from laughing on set.
Congrats on the 2nd season of About a Boy! What’s it like working with the amazing cast such as the gorgeous Minnie Driver, Benjamin Stockham and David Walton? You must laugh all the time.
Thank you! It is one of the best projects I have ever worked on because it is so funny! We laugh a lot on set at video village – sometimes I wonder if we are ruining the takes because we cannot hold back!
Can you describe a challenging or over-the-top scene that you had to create?
So far our most challenging episodes were the “Halloween” episode and the “Romeo and Juliet” episode. ([It was] about a willoween & about a Romeo) The most challenging thing about these episodes was designing and creating the looks of all the background and principals in costume. I mean challenging in a fun creative way!
Based on your Instagram, you’ve created some really cool work like airbrushing tattoos and special effects like burnt skin. Can you tell us a bit more about those pics and what shows or films they were for?
I created the tattoos and special effects for shows such as Sons of Anarchy, The Shield, Rizzoli & Isles and Southland, and for films such as Supremacy, The New Daughter and Streets of Blood. Sons of Anarchy was the most challenging to design because every character had tattoos and scars and a lot of research went into it.
What was it like winning an Emmy for “General Hospital”?
Winning an Emmy was exciting and terrifying! I am a behind-the-scenes type of artist, so going up there made me almost pee my pants, so to speak.
What inspired you to want to be a makeup artist?
I have been an artist since preschool, winning my first contest in kindergarten and so on – [and it] kept fueling and encouraging the natural ability. I still oil paint to this day – art exhibit coming soon!
If we raided your set bag, what products would we find?
If my set bag was raided, you would find the Color Science Mineral Corrective Palette as a quick fix and the Bobbi Brown Artist Palette for Lips for quick lip changes with lots of choices, some essential oils to help me get through the long filming shoots. Also, energy blends and tension blends, which have led me to start my own company called Good Juju!