Tuesday Crew Day: Brandi Osburn

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Tuesday Crew Day: Brandi Osburn

Where are you from, where are you located now, and what are your ties to WV?

I am originally from Ohio, but I moved to West Virginia when I was young and live in the Hurricane area. The biggest part of my family is from WV. I graduated from Mountaineer Beauty School in 1992.

What was your first job in film production and what was the experience like?

My first experience was in 2004 with Greystone Films/Historical Entertainment for the History Channel. I was 2nd Makeup Artist/Hairstylist. Being my first time on a set, I realized I had a lot to learn. Luckily, I learn quickly, which lead to many other things, such as Kingsworld Productions’ “Inside Edition”; Five Finger Productions’ “WV Higher Education”; and Kim Spurlock Productions’ “Down in Number 5”. During my job interview for “Down in Number 5,” I was asked if I could do makeup on the main character to look like he was sick and dying from cancer. It just so happened that my mother had Stage 4 lung cancer and only lived four months after this production. I knew first-hand what deterioration cancer can cause, which made the job emotionally difficult. But, I found strength in doing what my mother always wanted me to do and am thankful I was given the chance to work on this film.

I have also worked on commercials and music videos as Key Hair and Key Makeup. My responsibilities were to make sure everyone’s character looked the part they were playing, e.g., Special F/X makeup for a soldier who was killed to a coal miner dying of black lung, complicated by 90 degree heat that caused the makeup to melt. I learned to do exactly what the producer/director envisioned for the production. It is definitely teamwork that brings all of it together, and I feel lucky to meet so many people that are as passionate about their craft as I am mine.

What was your last job and what were you responsible for?

My last job was working with Inspire Productions’ Suddenlink High Speed Internet national commercial. I was Key Makeup and Key Hair. Again, I was battling the elements in 90 degree heat, which is always tricky.

What advice would you give someone wanting to work in the film industry?

My advice would be to start young, don’t wait until later. You have to be a very disciplined person. It can be very demanding being just one person doing makeup and hair, but people are depending on you. It is your responsibility to give those people 100%.