Belfast’s Titanic Creative Management Bound For LA

LAST November, Belfast was treated to a series of makeup masterclasses led by Emmy-nominated makeup artist Brian Kinney.

Now, local entrepreneur Nuala Campbell is heading stateside with Titanic Creative Management and will be one of 75 exhibitors from across the globe at the annual IMATS (International Make Up Artist Trade Show) in Los Angeles later this month (15-17 January).

nuala campbell

Nuala Campbell

The local entrepreneur runs the only film, TV and stage training academy of its kind in Northern Ireland and previously collaborated with Brian, famed for his make up on Hunger Games films Mockingjay Parts I and II.

The two will now join forces once more as Titanic Creative Management’s specially commissioned live Irish Banshee will be transformed by Brian at the three day exhibition.

The Irish Banshee was inspired by the creation of a unique style of prosthetic grade gelatine exclusively produced at TCM’s south Belfast workshop late last year.
“It’s an honour to be invited to the globally recognised IMATS and when we were thinking about how best to show potential customers what our gelatine can do we decided that having it applied by an EMMY nominated make up artist was the best way to showscase its uniqueness and bring it to life.” Nuala Campbell said.

Receiving a personal invitation to participate in the show, Nuala is delighted to have Belfast’s creative talents recognised internationally. She has enlisted the help of Game of Thrones and Harry Potter mould maker Dan Frye, sculptor Don Lanning, who has worked on Star Trek, Grey’s Anatomy and Pirates of the Caribbean, and wig maker Andrew Whiteoak who has styled the likes of Rupert Everett, Stephanie Beacham and Gary Barlow.

Brian Kinney

Brian Kinney

Their hard work over the past month will come to fruition as they pitch to one of the toughest markets in the industry.

Nuala added: “I’m still pinching myself. What we have achieved in a short year is unimaginable. To be the only Irish company invited to participate at the IMATS is beyond anything we could have dreamed of when I set up Titanic Creative Management last year.​”

There will also be vast opportunity for creative expansion as TCM network with some of the biggest names in the business.

Development Manager Erika Clark said: “We’ve also been invited to the gala the a couple of nights before the exhibition.

“The gala event is renowned as the event where make-up artists working in films and some of the most popular television shows across the USA also congregate to network so we are really looking forward to making some valuable business connections.”

On returning from LA, Nuala will be back to work at the Ormeau Road academy for elite makeup artists, hairdressers and costumiers for TV and film.

Dan Frye

Dan Frye

Her vision for the social enterprise was to provide opportunities to local emerging artists to perform at an national and international level, and she is successfully breaking new grounds in an otherwise male-dominated industry.

There is currently limited opportunity for this in Northern Ireland, especially for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and Titanic Creative Management are leading the way in their efforts to put Belfast on the map. Look out for updates on their progress!

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Abby Williams
Belfast based author/writer specialising in entertainment, mental health and human interest.