About me

I’m on the left. I think.

Hi, I’m James Olney and this is a little bit about me!

After an extensive but soul-destroying career in the design industry I decided to take the leap and quit my job with nothing ahead of me but the belief that I could become a makeup artist.

I taught myself as much as I could and plugged the gaps with classical sculpture tuition from renowned artist Andrew Sinclair at The Sculpture School, followed by character creation tuition from Hollywood superstar Don Lanning and then an extensive prosthetics course at Gorton Studio under the incredible Stuart Conran (Hellraiser, Shaun of the Dead, Saving Private Ryan, the list goes on…).

In between making contacts and picking up a variety of freelance work I undertook a tenure as special effects lecturer at college level and then transitioned into course assistant at Gorton Studio.

I am now seeking TV and film work and am currently available so if you think I may be suitable for a project please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I have exhibited at IMATS and The Prosthetics Event, demo’ed at IMATS and UMAE for The Makeup Armoury and have competed in the Battle of the Brushes final at IMATS London 2019.