BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 2 - (Page 33)

THIS HAIRSTYLIST H RSTY HAIR YL IS ON FI E! FIRE! IRE ERIC FISHER ALUM WORKS BEHIND THE SCENES O BLOCKBUSTER LUM WORK D ES ON BY BEAUTYLINK STAFF C elebrities often speak ften about a "big break" or chance meeting that propelled their careers forward. Caitlin DeGarmo, a 2011 graduate of Eric Fisher Academy in Wichita, KS, says her big break for a hairstyling opportunity on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie set occurred while she was still a beauty school student. Working with accomplished pros is part of the education experience at Eric Fisher Academy. Students are encouraged to interact and ask questions of visiting educators and guest artists who regularly visit the school for demonstrations and to share their knowledge. DeGarmo was very excited to learn from Aquage TeamQuest artist Ann Bray, owner of Master's Salon and recipient of numerous awards and honors including a North American Hairstyling Award (NAHA) and L'Ordre de la Chevalerie by Intercoiffure. DeGarmo was selected to serve as Bray's assistant when she taught at the academy and continued to stay in touch after she graduated, even working with Ann briefly in Atlanta. The networking paid off. When Bray was chosen to work as a team supervisor on the Atlanta set of Catching Fire, she contacted DeGarmo and offered her an opportunity every hairstylist dreams of-working on the set of a blockbuster production. "I jumped on the opportunity when Ann offered me the position," recalled DeGarmo. Although DeGarmo was used to working long hours in a salon, the movie set experience took the concept of "long days" to a new level. "The experience was very surreal. Our team often worked on hairpieces throughout the night so that they would be ready for filming the next day. The charge The entrance to the premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, CA, on November 18, 2013. Caitlin DeGarmo, a 2011 graduate of Eric Fisher Academy in Wichita, KS, says her big break for a hairstyling opportunity on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie set occurred while she was still a beauty school student. of adrenalin definitely made up for the lack of sleep," DeGarmo said. Working on the film's "Capitol Hairstyling Team," DeGarmo helped create looks for the film's victory tour party and parade of chariots. Her responsibilities included assembling wigs, styling hairpieces, and integrating extensions into the hair of actors and actresses serving as extras on set. Did she see the film's star, Jennifer Lawrence? Yes, from a distance, and again, the experience was surreal. "It made the whole Hollywood paparazzi thing come to life," recalled DeGarmo who witnessed Lawrence being plucked from the chariot following a scene, and whisked into a waiting vehicle while paparazzi swarmed the car with cameras. During her on-set work that lasted about a week, DeGarmo developed an appreciation for the rigors involved in film production. She noted that hair for some scenes would need to be prepped more than a dozen times and some days were more than 14 hours long. She also remarked on the speed required to work in a fast-paced production environment. "Some days I had the opportunity to work on up to 20 extras," she said. DeGarmo says that while the pace is much faster on a movie set than in a classroom, the experience of working on photo shoots while still in beauty school helped her feel more comfortable with the movie work. However, she's hesitant to use the word "work" to describe her experience. "Even though the days were long, working on the set did not feel like work at all," she said. Looking toward the future, DeGarmo hopes to secure additional film work and also aspires to work as an Aquage TeamQuest artist. What does her alma mater think of her experience? "I couldn't be more proud of Caitlin. It is an amazing feeling to see her name in the credits of a movie and to know we helped her learn the skills and techniques necessary to accomplish such an awesome endeavor," said Eric Fisher. B E AUT YL I NK | BA L* A N C E | 2 0 1 4 | 33

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 2

Message From the Aacs President & Cea Chair
The Workings of Washington
Creating a Recipe for the Future
Voices From the Trenches
Creating Harmony in the Classroom
Living an Integrated Life
A Student’s Perspective
And Then There’s Compliance
This Hairstylist Is on Fire!
Keeping the Enrollment Funnel Flowing
Beauty Changes Lives
Significant Changes
Battle of the Strands
Cyber Liability and Data Security
Superstar Graduate
Plagued by More Delays
Voices From the Classroom
Launching a Blow Out Career
People & Places
New Products & Services
Associate Member Profiles: Distributors
New School Members
Upcoming 2014-15 Events
Index to Advertisers

BeautyLink - Volume 6, Issue 2