PRESENTING… KRISTA JEE!
During the past year of galavanting around the city, sticking my nose in every film set I could sneak onto, I’ve met a lot of fantastic friends and major talents. Krista Jee tends to fit in both categories. On the subject of my “experiment” posts, where I test my hand at makeup and styling, it’s only fair to showcase the HMA (Hair & Makeup Artist for all you n00bs) who showed me what being a professional at one’s craft really looks like.
We met on the set of Immaculate Reception in January and have painted the town a little since. I was able to ask her a couple questions so you can get to know her a little more.
JESS PAUL: What were you doing when you decided to do HMA?
KRISTA JEE: I remember just sitting there right before I was going to leave for college thinking, I really don’t want to be a fashion designer at all. I thought that [was] what I wanted. But, while I was sitting there lost and looking back on everything, I realized I loved doing hair and make-up ever since I was little. I mean, my mother used to let me do her hair and make up in the morning before she went to work!!! Who let’s their child do that? But, then again, she loves me. And on my free time I was touching everyone’s face and playing with their hair, even cutting and coloring it. Let’s just say I got in some trouble back then. But, it never stopped me.
JP: Name some must-haves that transcend the Fall season.
KJ: In my opinion I think everyone should have a great pair of leggings and it doesn’t matter what kind or pattern. Boots, are a BIG one. They have to be comfy, cute, and have just a little something different. It could mean something different by color or texture or metal accent. But, not too over done. Then I need a black cardigan, preferably with some type of leather or kool A-symmetrical flow to the cut. Last but not least a scarf! A big soft scarf that you can manipulate with any outfit.
JP: Name one thing in Pittsburgh that you can’t get in any other city.
KJ: The one thing that sticks out to me when I go to other cities is of course food. But, when I goshopping at boutiques I am looking for that unique owner that makes you feel amazing before you leave! The one place that makes you want to come back because of how great the experience was. And for me Pandora’s Box and Gallery on the south side is my place.
JP: The Immaculate Reception was such a blast! What’s your fondest memory of being on set?
KJ: My fondest moment was watching everyone’s transformation! Seeing everybody walk in as normal people and then an hour later it’s like they time traveled to the 60s and 70s- it was amazing. I loved meeting everyone too! Everybody was so nice and talented! I loved working with you Jess! You were my key girl! I had so much fun with you, and you are so talented and great to be around.
JP: Thanks girl- I feel the same about you! Now,I’ve been on your new blog everyday this week: what plans do you have for the future of the site?
KJ: I want to create some videos on how to do hair and make up apps. I think it would be fun and entertaining. Just easy, fast looks!
JP: 5yr goal now! Where would you like to be in 5 yrs?
KJ: I would like to have some major motion pictures under my belt. It has been a dream of mine since I started in this business. I want to have a positive, reputable, and recognized name by then. Also, some great stories too!
I hope you know I’m draggin’ you out to Hollywood if I ever do produce these pipedream screenplays of mine- call me if you get there first, girl!
Check out more of Krista’s portfolio and new blog at kristajee.com