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Meet Stephanie Anderson of Neon Armour Arts

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Anderson.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
The year was 2009. I was living through the real estate market imploding and the US economy crashing upon us. I watched my career in new homes sales, my house and my life, subsequently all lose their value. In retrospect, this shattered reality was the integral catalyst for the beautiful and artistic existence I experience now. These events led me back to Art. Creation had always been solace as a child and I found myself painting and sculpting as I had not done in many years.

Upon finding an ad about a traveling art show by the name of “Pancakes and Booze”, out of LA, I submitted the work to Tom Kirlin, the shows creator. I decided to contribute to my first art show in 13 years. Tom praised my work and asked if I would like to paint a living person at the show. This was intimidating to me, but against my initial fear, I agreed and began to delve into what that meant and what it exactly entailed.

That night was the catalyst of my new career and direction in life. The paint loved the skin and every stroke came to life as the model interacted with people and the live music. This was immersive, surreal and temporary. A moment. Body art happens then is washed away. I created it with no fears of perfection or it’s lasting. People wore the magick until it rubbed away like the dust on moths wings or careened down the drain amidst a splash of water.

Forget the house, the job, misshapen puzzle piece of a life; I once again became the artist of my childhood. Since 2009, I have focused on Body Painting, Make-Up and Special Effects Make-Up. For the past 10 years, I have served as the Key-Make up Artist for LED Experience, a corporate entertainment firm that creates magical, cirque-styled events for clients across the continent.

As the Key Make-up designer for Luminocity Entertainment Division (LED ENT) I create whimsical, fantasy cirque-style designs and head large creative teams. I have contributed to the accumulation of many Allie Awards for Outstanding Corporate Entertainment.

TV and Film projects include body paint in Marvel’s “Black Panther”, “The Gifted” “Dynasty”, “The Nice Guys”, “Project Almanac”, prop painting for “Spartan Race”, special Effects Make-Up for “Welcome to the Bubs”, “The Originals””Dead by Midnight” (In Production) and “The Walking Dead”, and “The Walking Dead Escape” and Netherworld Haunted Attraction. Musical contributions include work with bands like Galantis, Kat Graham, Redman, The Redland, Jahah and Art Direction for London artist, Freiberd.

Stephanie is proudly sponsored by Paasche and Norcostco Atlanta Costume.

Awards Include:
-PMAC Body Maqui of the Year 2017
-1st Place Days of the Dead Make-Up Challenge 2017
-1st Place, Dragon Con Body Art Challenge 2016
-Judges Award is given by Mehron Living Art America 2016
-2nd Place Living Art America 2012

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Anytime a child is expected to “play” on command, it becomes more difficult. An artist enjoys following their heart’s song. They revel in the chance to play it in any creative direction that satisfies. In many ways, the creative process resembles “play”.

As a professional Artist, this is not always possible. We must learn to listen. We must learn to effectively bridge ideas and breathe life into other peoples’ visions. We must “play” upon command.

Procrastination is always an obstacle. When I’m not initially passionate about a project, I sometimes find it difficult to start. The key is to create a schedule. To block out time devoted to accomplishing a specific goal. As a free-lance artist, I often make my own schedule. It is important to stay serious about your timelines and remember that anything worth doing, is worth doing well.

This is my mantra when I feel uninspired about a project or notice my mind beginning to wander. I find it very helpful in reviving my interest and desire to successfully create for someone else.

Please tell us about Neon Armour Arts.
Early in life, people begin telling you the story of the “starving artist” or of Van Gogh and his severed ear. The outlook for the professional artist has never been a good one.

For 8 years now, I have flourished as a professional artist. I’ve provided for myself and my 6-year-old daughter, a quirky and adventurous life full of circus performers, creativity and adventure. It’s never dull!

Seeing her thrive and knowing it’s all been possible because I believed in myself as an artist, has been my biggest accomplishment.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have said “No.”, quite more often. You do not have to take every job and you do not have to set yourself on fire to make other people happy. Know your worth, set your rates and stick to them.

I’ve learned that what I do is unique and has value. I’ve learned to be an eternal student. I am always open to learning new techniques and I strive to refine my talents. Education and humility are key to staying relevant and successful.

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Image Credit:
Walt Weiss Photo, Ralph Williams E37 Photography, Shaped Light Photography, Dmitri Morrissev, Alex Forsyth Photography

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