CATHERINE Young is about to travel to Hollywood for a dream internship with Samuel L. Jackson's personal make-up artist, Allan A Apone.
CATHERINE Young is about to travel to Hollywood for a dream internship with Samuel L. Jackson's personal make-up artist, Allan A Apone. Tweed Daily News/Craig Sadler

Starving for star's scars

CATHERINE Young is about to take her scars, burns and bullet wounds to Hollywood.

The Banora Point make-up artist will pack her bags and head to LA to take on a dream internship with Allan A Apone - Samuel L. Jackson's personal make-up artist.

Ms Young will go on set with the Pulp Fiction and Snakes on a Plane star and Mr Apone over the next three years.

It's a tough gig, she says, but someone has to do it.

“No one really gets internships like that,” the excited 30-year-old said.

“People don't understand you can't just walk into a job, you have to be referred or already with the crew. It's a lot about luck.”

Mr Apone has worked on feature films such as Coach Carter, Starsky & Hutch, XXX, S.W.A.T, Star Trek and both Iron Man films.

Ms Young, who previously worked as a promotions model, has been a make-up artist for the past three years.

“I did film and TV work before make-up and that's how I knew I wanted to do this,” Ms Young said.

“I love the crazy make-up and the kooky characters.

“A lot of people think it's just lipstick and powder, but you go from a studio into an actual lab and there are all these chemicals and moulds.”

In June, Ms Young attended the two-day International Make-up Artist Tradeshow in Pasadena, where she met a number of Hollywood make-up artists, including Ve Neill who did Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands and Robin Williams' make-up for Mrs Doubtfire.

It was there at the tradeshow that Ms Young approached Mr Apone and asked if she could take on an internship.

“I've known about the tradeshow for five years and been trying to get there for three years,” she said.

“There were heaps of displays and demos, lots of zombies and goonies walking around.

“There was even a stall for fake boobs and they had all these implants just lined-up.” Mr Apone was hesitant at first, but Ms Young managed to talk him around.

“He was just trying to make sure it was exactly what I wanted to do because it's a tough job as well as a tough industry,” she said. “But eventually he saw how serious I was.”

Ms Young will live in Hollywood, which may sound glamorous, but she says there will be tough times ahead as the internship is not a paid position.

“I'm pretty excited, but I'm going to have to be a starving artist,” she joked.



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