Friday, October 24, 2008

Yes, I Once Was A Make-Up Artist

This new wrinkle in the Palin problem really is now in a way all about lipstick. Pig? Not Pig. Not the point. Everyone has a talent, some more talents than others, but one of mine was that I was a very good make-up artist. I even have a resume with pictures of some of my jobs. Once I put lipstick on a Rottweiler. I'm not proud of it, but the dog did have a handler who assured me it was ok and would not hurt the dog. His handler was, no doubt, much better paid than I, but I didn't work for chump change. I was seldom told exactly what my job would be prior to arriving at the photographers studio. The dog was a complete surprise to me. But like any good make-up artist I was prepared for just about anything. There was also a stylist on that job. No expense was spared for the dog. Imagine what they are doing for Palin.

I have made perfectly healthy people with nice skin look like they had all kinds of wounds and scars and acne for the before photos, and then removed their icky skin problems and made them look lovely. All in the name of advertising for a skin care company.

I have worked on some gorgeous women making them ever more gorgeous for fashion shoots, for TV commercials or catalogues. I have also put make-up on Orin Hatch and Jake Garn, notorious Utah Republicans for local TV interviews. I almost got to put make-up on Colin Powell, but he travels with his own make-up artist. Who knew? It sure shocked me. This was several years before he became a member of the Bush Cabinet, but still.

Those were the Clinton Years and they were very good for me economically speaking. I acted in movies and three TV series. I did some voice work that paid incredibly well. I modeled. And I was a make-up artist.

No one goes in front of a huge audience or in front of a TV camera (especially in a studio) without make-up. But this two week paycheck for Sarah Palin's make-up artist is purportedly bigger than McCain's economic adviser's paycheck for a comparable time span. Humm. I guess you get what you pay for. $22,000. 00 for two weeks is a hefty paycheck even for a traveling full-time make-up artist. She makes more in a month than Joe the Plumber makes in a year. And plumbers aren't cheap. I do not begrudge the make-up artist her salary, but I do think they could have found someone perfectly excellent for Sarah without quite that price-tag. Same with the wardrobe. And is the RNC paying for everything? And who finances the RNC? Is this income? Taxed income? I know it is for the make-up artist, but... I wonder how many laws are being broken in all this financing of Palin and her family? I have no doubt the make-up artist knows how much she got paid and how much she will owe in taxes. And she's skilled. There is no doubt about that. She's probably smarter than Sarah, too.


Unknown said...

Probably smarter? Nooooooo..she IS smarter than Palin, hands down.

Also apparently she is smarter than McCain and all his minions too. Jesus...

D.K. Raed said...

UT, you never cease to amaze me. Quite the resume! hmmmm, I always suspected those acne-faced people who faking, now I know for sure!

Weren't you tempted to make Hatch look a little vampirish? And Jake Garn, gaaah, isn't his nickname "Barfin' Jake"?

Re: taxable income ... no, sarah will not be taxed on the value of those clothes as long as she only wears them for official functions related to her job. quite a racket, hunh.

D.K. Raed said...

"who faking" = "were faking"

can you believe one of my first jobs was as a proofreader?

Ghost Dansing said...

Her face is a map of the world
Is a map of the world
You can see she's a beautiful girl
She's a beautiful girl
And everything around her is a silver pool of light
The people who surround her feel the benefit of it
It makes you calm
She holds you captivated in her palm

Suddenly I see (Suddenly I see)
This is what I wanna be
Suddenly I see (Suddenly I see)
Why the hell it means so much to me

I feel like walking the world
Like walking the world
You can hear she's a beautiful girl
She's a beautiful girl
She fills up every corner like she's born in black and white
Makes you feel warmer when you're trying to remember
What you heard
She likes to leave you hanging on her word

Suddenly I see (Suddenly I see)
This is what I wanna be
Suddenly I see (Suddenly I see)
Why the hell it means so much to me

And she's taller than most
And she's looking at me
I can see her eyes looking from a page in a magazine
Oh she makes me feel like I could be a tower
A big strong tower
She got the power to be
The power to give
The power to see......

Randal Graves said...

Of course she makes more than Joe the Plumber since Barack Hussein X invented that time machine and raised his taxes starting in 1978.

The fact that you were able to do your job with Orrin and not punch him in the face is a testament to your iron will.

Kulkuri said...

How ironic that the party that rails against the elites would go to Saks and Neiman Marcus to shop for the hockey mom!! As for the hair and makeup person, my guess is it's a relative of someone high up in the RNC. You know, that good old cronie kapitalism.

Utah Savage said...

I carried a straight edged razor in my make-up kit. Ya never know... So I could have slit Orin's throat. But I didn't. Sad but true. I failed my nation, in the name of wanting to stay out of jail and keep getting those lucrative bookings.

DivaJood said...

Please. My vacuum cleaner is smarter than Sarah Palin.

Anonymous said...

That's the makeup artist from So You Think You Can Dance. What a great paying gig she's got now. I think the Dancer said it best:

"She may be award-winning good, but she's going to have to work miracles to spackle over the hate in Palin's face."

Utah Savage said...

Any make-up artist work her salt came make silk purse out of a dead mean moose ear.

Demeur said...

I used to be a photographer. You can make somebody look great with the right lighting and angles but what comes out of their mouth can be quite another story. Wouldn't you agree Utah?

Utah Savage said...

I agree completely.