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Meet Blythe Tierney Dever

Today we’d like to introduce you to Blythe Tierney Dever.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have loved makeup my whole life. As a kid, I would paint my friend’s faces, put lipgloss on my elementary school friends & carry makeup around before I was even allowed to wear it – so strange I know. However, the people who knew me as a kid always comment on how me being a Pro Makeup Artist makes sense because I used to carry around a fanny pack full of makeup.

But the real passion bloomed when I got into theatre – in high school I would always love to do the theatrical looks that our shows required on myself & many friends would have me do theirs as well – that progressed into being asked by directors to create looks for principal characters – this kind of led to me being the designer of the shows. I was hooked. My passion for theatre grew – leading me to pursue a BFA in Theatrical Performance from Baylor University.

While at Baylor, I found myself strongly gravitating towards Makeup Design & Application – any show or scene or piece of experimental theatre that I could get my hands & brushes on – I did. I would design the shows & run the crews. This led to me having 15+ design credits before having graduated in 2015. My senior year of college a close friend & mentor told me she was leaving the tour of the Off Broadway musical (“I Love Lucy”: Live on Stage!”) she had been working for a couple years & needed someone to finish the last leg of the tour – when she told me I was her first choice I was through the roof – her faith in me & her belief that I could not only handle a job like that but do it well meant the world. I got the job of Makeup Manager/Assistant to Wig & Wardrobe before I graduated from college – a HUGE opportunity & a real fairy tale scenario – I will never forget that call. After completing the tour I got an internship at Richard Linklater’s “Detour Filmproductions” in Austin TX & learned so much about film – up until that point the majority of my experience had been theatrical so this experience was huge for me.

While in Austin I also did my first film as the Makeup Designer/Makeup Department Head. Once I completed my internship, I moved back to my hometown of Houston TX where I landed a job doing wigs at the Alley Theatre. This job meant a lot to me because it was the theater where I saw my first show & found my love of theatre. I worked at the Alley for a year & learned more than I could have ever imagined. My boss Amy Solomon is one of those phenomenal people in the industry who have SO much knowledge & are so incredibly forthcoming & willing to teach others. I can never thank her enough for all she taught me. After completing my season with The Alley, my boyfriend & I made the decision to move to Atlanta to pursue our careers in film (me being a Makeup Artist & him being an actor). We made the move July of 2017 – Atlanta was the perfect choice for us – an industry city with so much opportunity – yet with the same “Southern Hospitality” that we grew up with & love. After being in ATL for a couple of weeks I was offered a job at the Alliance Theatre doing wigs for the show “Shakespeare in Love” – this was my first job in ATL & a pivotal one – from there I was introduced to the Atlanta Opera where I have been a Principal Makeup Artist & Wig Crew Member for most of the last two years.

Since then I have also been lucky enough to work with the Atlanta Ballet – doing photoshoots & getting to design Makeup looks for their newest production of “The Nutcracker” which was one of the most exciting opportunities of my career. – I’m very blessed to live in a city like Atlanta where I am able to maintain my passion for theatre while pursuing a future in film as well. The versatility of the industry here is something unlike anywhere else. Getting to do my Theatrical shows with Film opportunities in between is something I am extremely grateful for – not every city gives you the opportunity to do Theatre, Opera, Ballet, Film, TV, Music Videos & etc. in such a small saturated area. Truly the land of opportunity. I am very grateful to Atlanta for being so kind to me & offering me so much opportunity with open arms – I truly believe Atlanta is the kind of city where what you put in – you will get back – its all about the hustle & the drive – I’m grateful to live in a great city where that is the case.

Has it been a smooth road?
I have been extremely blessed by my journey – it has been A LOT OF WORK – blood sweat, tears & an extreme lack of sleep – but worth it all. In every career there are struggles – but I like to think I’m a person who follows opportunity. I have never tried to force myself into a position or along a path that I didn’t strongly feel the universe was guiding me to. I follow my heart & my feet. That mindset I think has really benefited me in my life & my work.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a Freelance Makeup Designer & Artist. I do Makeup for Plays, Operas, Ballet, Film/TV, Music Videos, Photoshoots & whatever else I can get my hands on (In Theatre Makeup & Wigs are in the same world – so although I am a Makeup Artist – I have training & experience in Wigs as well.)

I am proud that I have been able to & consistently work with major companies in the Atlanta area – the opportunities I have been given are major & I am so grateful for the incredible people I have been able to meet & work with – the fact that they love & respect my work & keep asking me back is everything to me. I’m really ecstatic about all I have been able to accomplish in my 26 years of life & in my professional career thus far – I’m still young & am very content with where I am on my journey thus far. I have so much I still wish to accomplish & I feel like I am on my way. Also, I am really proud to be a part of such an incredible community of artists.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Atlanta – like I said before – I truly believe what you pour into Atlanta, Atlanta will pour into you. This is the city for people who want to work hard & reap the benefits of their labors. It’s an incredible industry city while maintaining the charm & Southern Hospitality other industry cities can lack. Also, the diversity of Atlanta is incredible – this city is so full of culture & life its amazing.

Hmm what do I like least…I’ll have to get back to you on that – I truly love the city. – Maybe those 55MPH speed limits haha I’m a Texas girl who is used to 75MPH so that KILLS me sometimes on my way to a gig.

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