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LMC: Does acting interfere with the FX work?  Are you able to apply on the set and still act?  

RK:  Doing the makeup effects and acting is definitely a big challenge. You have to be able to set aside any stress you may experience as a makeup artist once the acting hat is put on. When doing makeup you have to be focused on the job at hand, so you can't exactly be running your lines. Also the dynamic of the actor/makeup artist relationship changes. Suddenly you are not just the makeup person but you are part of the cast as well. I have actually found that the actors are a bit more cooperative when they get in the chair, knowing that you are an actor also. Suddenly you are one of them, not just a crew member. The real trick is being well prepared. You have to have your lines well rehearsed, so that you don't have to concern yourself with acting while applying makeups... and vice versa. With Frankenstein it was pretty hectic, due to the tight schedule, so on some of the busier days I think that the makeup application wasn't as good as it could have been. Overall the experience was fantastic - it allowed me to have a greater impact on the outcome of the film, and I had the opportunity to not only create the monsters, but become one as well

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LMC: Where do you see your studio (or career) in 5 years... 15-20 years?

RK:  It is hard to say where my career will be in the next five years let alone the next twenty years. My short term goal is to expand my shop and hire a permanent crew of twelve or more effects artists. I am also seeking to do my own productions and free myself from the constraints of the Hollywood film industry. I have many projects in the works, one being a puppet show. To self produce is a long and tedious process, unless you have a lot of money and can afford to hire people to do the work for you. Unfortunately I am not independently wealthy. . . yet. So like everyone else, I have to go about self -producing my own projects at a snail's pace. I do see myself taking on more acting roles in the future as I have discovered that I have a knack for character acting. Being an effects artist seems to help me to get character parts because I can use my skills to make myself look more like the character in the script. This gives me the edge over the average actor, and it excites the directors and producers because they can mold me into the part as opposed to just searching for someone with the look and the acting skills. I am already off to a great start , we're only half way through the year and I already have three acting gigs, not bad for a beginner!

LMC: If you have 10 million dollars in the bank, what would you be doing?

RK: Aside form the obvious; buy a new house, new car and pay off debts. . . I would travel the world and visit all of the places that I have wanted to go. I would also help out some of my family members and friends that could use the money. With what was left I would invest half and use the other half to produce my own film projects and hopefully be able to sell them and double or even triple my investment. These days ten million dollars isn't really that much, I mean it is, but it isn't. I think I could easily spend ten million dollars in one day if I wasn't careful. So I would be very frugal and try to spend the money wisely. Most importantly I would share the wealth. I would try to help out fellow artists that are struggling and give them jobs, and I would try to give back something to the community. I am not sure if ten million dollars is enough to do everything that I would want to do, so I guess I will have to make even more money than that.

 
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