Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Makeup Artist Goes from Woman to Man and Back Again

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Makeup Artist Goes from Woman to Man and Back Again

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Byline: DANNY MURPHY

Arlington resident Audrea Gregg entered the room as a man and left as a woman.

Gregg, an award-winning makeup artist who co-owns Model Fest Photo Studios on the Southside, recently showed the tricks of her trade to the local chapter of the Florida Motion Picture and Television Association.

For her entrance to the presentation at Jacksonville University, she was dressed and made up to look like a man. She introduced herself as "Drea," an assistant who was going to fill in until Gregg showed up. She was accompanied by actresses Lisa Ramirez, who was made up in a style reminiscent of the 1920s; Laura Bradley, who appeared as an old lady; and Kathy "Hot Kitty" Mueller, who had the air and appearance of a prostitute.

Over the next half-hour, Gregg showed some of the tools and tricks of her trade. Eventually, she took off the jacket, wig and makeup to reveal her true self.

"Makeup artists have a reputation for not showing up, but I'm not like that. If someone is going to pay me, I'm going to show up. The more you can do for the director and the producer, the more they're going to love you," she said.

Gregg said she has a passion for showing what a good makeup artist can do to transform an actor's appearance.

For that, she's won awards.

She's traveled to Costa Rica and Mexico to train people how to do makeup and hair and to participate in competitions with other makeup artists.

In Cancun, Mexico, Gregg won first place in the body art category and the Members Choice Award for best makeup artist. In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, she won second in the international makeup artist for print category. The events were sponsored by Ujena swimwear.

In her 20-year career, Audrea has worked on Broadway shows, television commercials, movies and even Spamalot, which recently appeared in Jacksonville at The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. …

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