Making (up) a Living at The Cutting Edge

Monsters and zombies and ghouls, oh my!
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So where exactly does a ghoul go to get a professional makeup job in Fort Worth these days? ¬†If that ghoul is one of over 100 live actors working at the Cutting Edge Haunted House, the answer is, “Go see Dee!”
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Makeup artist extraordinaire and licensed esthetician Delena Williams is one of eight makeup artists who work behind the scenes at the world famous haunted meat packing plant, transforming rookie zombies and seasoned veterans alike into horrific, scream-worthy apparitions night after night for three months out of the year.
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This fall, Delena will be starting her sixth season with the Cutting Edge, her first real job after graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. ¬†“I did a lot of theater in high school,” she says, “and I always wanted to do special effects makeup.” ¬†Cutting Edge granted her wish; she and her colleagues have roughly two to thee hours each night to make up over 100 actors, many of whom will need regular touchups as the night wears on. ¬†She has been known to stay as late as 2 am on occasion.
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Like most of the others in what she refers to as her “loving, dysfunctional family,” Delena also has a day job. ¬†She works full time at a European waxing center, providing facials, skin care solutions and esthetic waxing for hair removal. ¬†Oh, and makeup – only, different.
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Working at the Cutting Edge gives Delena a sense of artistic freedom she doesn’t get at her day job. ¬†The zombies aren’t so particular about their eyeliner, and don’t mind if she gives them a black eye or a jagged scar here and there. ¬†Still, it’s humbling. ¬†Despite the elaborate makeup and costumes, sometimes it’s the little things that scare the guests the most – things like, say, a feather.
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“There’s a clown, you know, that hides out in a wardrobe, and he pulls out a feather and tickles people. ¬†They go berserk!” ¬†As Forest Gump might say, “Scary is as scary does.”
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