Career of the Week – Abisoye Balogun, Film Makeup and SFX Artist

Abisoye Balogun, who goes by the name Abisoye Circe, graduated from the Theatre Arts department of the University of Ibadan, where she majored in Makeup, with a minor in children theatre. She started Special Effects Makeup in her second year, working on stage play productions, and is now looking forward to building a career in Nollywood.

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CN: When did you first discover your artistic talent?

When I was going to enter university I wanted to be an actor, you know, own the stage and get people to come watch you. The feeling alone was really thrilling, but immediately I entered school, I met people who were more passionate about acting than I was and I got discouraged.

I am a movie person, I sometimes skipped classes because of movies. I remember the first time I saw Terminator, I was perplexed at how he had a metallic face and wanted to figure it out, but at that time, there was no internet browsing and all of that. I guess I just got interested in my 200L when I needed to decide what I wanted to major in. Sincerely, I couldn’t even do anything at that time because everybody I met had no idea, people felt these special effects were “movie tricks”. However, I was going to get to the bottom of it, although just the drive was there with no instrument, manual or guide on how to go about it.

CN: Did you get any formal training in film makeup and special effects?

I learnt stage makeup from school, and I also learnt beauty makeup during my internship at Kandy House of Glam, then in Ibadan.

I had no training on Special Effects, none at all. I started to make my findings on how foreigners do it and I think I just started doing it too…building myself. Sometimes I have to draw in my sketch pad what I want to achieve and think about it for days, you know.

CN: What do you enjoy most about your work?

Challenges! Sometimes some clients just say this is what they have in mind and sincerely at that point I don’t even know how I want to go about it but I just know in my mind that I have to do it. It’s more like challenging yourself and it helps to make you better.

CN: What do you like least about it?

Sculpting

CN: Which professionals inspire you the most?

Marc Clancy (@Powdah on Instagram) and Amanda Prescott (@amandaprescottfx on Instagram)

CN: What advice do you wish someone had given you as a student?

Participate more in productions.

CN: If there were any other career that you would choose, what would it be?

Psychologist.

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