1.When did you discover your love of makeup?
I’ve always been quite artistic, but never the best painter, the best photographer etc etc. Something about makeup just clicks with me. Ever since I was about 13 – I knew that this was something I wanted.
2.Where do you get your inspiration?
Everywhere! From people’s faces on the street, different collections from my favourite designers. Things like Pinterest and Instagram have made it so much easier to gather information and images; if I’m ever feeling a bit uninspired I jump on one of those platforms and start scrolling.
3.What is your most memorable project you have ever worked on?
WHORE of course! I have had so much fun working with everyone involved, and I have become really passionate about the story behind the play. It is amazing to watch, and be a part of the transformation of the 6 different characters.
4.What is your go to product? The most essential item in your kit?
Probably a really good primer. I will never do a makeup without first properly prepping the skin. My favourite at the moment is a mixture of MAC Strobe Cream and Prep + Prime Natural Radiance.
5.Have you worked on other shows with charlatan clinic before?
Yes – I was involved with the WHORE project from the first show. It has been such a privilege to carry on with this play. Whore has a big future and I would love to continue to be a part of it.
6.Who would you really like to work with – name anyone?
I would love to assist or collaborate with Yolanda Bartram – a VERY talented body painter who runs Body FX. Body painting is a real passion of mine and Yolanda is one of the best.
7.What is the most important lesson you have learnt working with models/talent?
I think that it is really important to understand that you must be willing to step above and beyond your job description. You hold up towels while models are getting changed, you help photographers carry equipment, you spend hours cleaning brushes and stations, you stand in the pouring rain holding up umbrellas, you are a confident with the talent. However these are some of my favourite scenarios, because they make you feel a part of something bigger.
8.Do you have a favourite makeup or skincare brand ?
MAC is definately one of my favourite brands, because they are essentially made for makeup artists. But I do have a secret obsession with brands like Benefit and The Balm – the packaging is to die for!
9.What is your dream location to film/shoot?
Somewhere wild and crazy like.. on top of the Remarkables in winter, or in the middle of a desert.
10.What makes you smile?
Watching someones face as they look at themselves in the mirror after they have had their makeup done (or rather done well). Making people feel beautiful is the most rewarding aspect of what I do.
Geraldine (Underage Sex Worker, Illegal Migrant) from ‘Whore’ is no stranger to sleeping (rough) in a van or showering in public bathrooms. Geraldine shares her story about homelessness, and why it’s important to support the cause.
When I first came to Auckland 4 years ago, I surprised myself saying “oh what an amazing place, I haven’t seen any homeless people on the street here!”
Of course after living in Paris for 3 years where poverty and people living in the street hits you all the time. When you leave your house, I clearly didn’t see it or didn’t want to see it here (in NZ) at first.
When talking to Corie Haddock from Lifewise Merge Cafe on Kroad I heard him say that most of the poverty here is invisible. That is the reason why I want to be part of this event. Even if you don’t see it, you need to open your eyes and heart, then do something about it!
I lived in a van for 10 months here in New Zealand and it was a choice. I wanted a life experience but when winter creeps up on you, it’s not funny anymore. I’ll always remember the day I stayed in a house again: feeling comfort, warmth and protection you then appreciate, like you never did. Don’t take the roof over your head for granted please! I want to put myself out there on the 3rd of July and understand what so many people experience.
We are now in 2014 and everyone needs a home. Let’s work together to raise the much needed monies to house the future of NZ: youth.
Poem by “Illegal Migrant”
I sell my body to make a living.
I let men penetrate my body
With their cock not their fist.
I never forget my worth.
I dream of the sea
When I can hardly breathe
To heal me from my pain.
You take away pieces of me
But I never let you see.
I am a whore today.
I am a whore tomorrow.
I am a human being.
Guest Blogger: Elise Hoggard
Devised and directed by Melissa herself, the Charlatan Clinic’s latest project “Whore” is a refreshing collection of six monologues, based on street sex workers in New Zealand. Tucked away at the end of Auckland’s notorious K-Road is Lifewise Merge café, which up until November 2010, was a soup kitchen. This is where the “Whore” journey begins. Offered a “do I look like a whore?” badge and paper cup of minestrone soup, I felt at home instantly- warmth, stability and respect radiating from the Lifewise staff; a true testament to their dedication to the “Whore” cause.
Seated on wooden pews, the audience is intimate, yet tis this intimacy that makes the “Whore” experience that much more impacting. Harrowing music plays as we take our seat- two half naked live performers roaming through the audience, offering their bodies in exchange for cash, creating an awkward yet apt foreshadowing of what is to follow.
Over the next hour we meet our six characters; rent boy, illegal migrant, refugee, married woman, underage street worker and transgender. Played by three actors with a simple change of furniture, the small space the cast inhabits is transformed accordingly. Over the course of the production there is a roller coaster of emotion, the actor’s honesty apparent through every sigh, twitch of the jaw and rattle in their voice. It was these subtleties that made the play what is was. “Whore” was believable as hell; I wasn’t sitting in a café watching theatre, I was sitting in on a support group at Lifewise. There was sorrow, there were nerves- even laughter, but more than anything, there was understanding.
“The only difference between you and I- is I have sex and get paid cold cash”; a powerful piece of prose from the ‘Married Worker’. Who are we to judge street workers on their vocation when we are marginalized everyday, just in different ways? This production is not here to expose unknown truths of prostitution. It is here to normalize and de-stigmatize what you might believe about sex work. This production is to challenge one to think more actively about what we see everyday on K-Road and how we as a society can create more opportunities for those struggling. It’s here to raise awareness on an issue, which is damaging and dangerous. It’s a cry for help and a scream for change.
Do you still think sex work is a choice?