From performing on stage to working in commercials, Michelle has always been around makeup and the entertainment industry. With her extensive background as a performer, Michelle has a good eye and sense of perfection that is required for makeup and photography design. Her journey began with her love and passion for the performing arts that took her to New York City to pursue a career as an actor, singer and dancer. In between working as an actor, Michelle’s interest in makeup and the magic that happens behind the scenes lead her to train with top artists in the industry.
Michelle holds her BFA in musical theatre from the University at Buffalo. She is a Certified Makeup Artist from the Makeup Designory School specializing in airbrush techniques, traditional makeup and is also a Licensed Esthetician. Michelle is experienced in all areas of makeup and has worked in various divisions of the business with a wide range of clientele including high profile talent in the media. In addition to her training in makeup design, she has worked with many talented photographers throughout the years and is trained in photography and lighting from the Peter Hurley Headshot Crew.
Michelle freelanced as a makeup artist with sought-after cosmetic lines such as MAC, Chanel, Laura Mercier and Bobbie Brown cosmetics. She also trained and worked with celebrity makeup artist, Eve Pearl. Some of her credits include, The Today Show, Extra, Man vs. Food, Food Wars, Restaurant Impossible, 48 Hours, The National Latino Show, A Girl Named Guy-Health and Wellness Show, and Confessions of a Match Maker. Her print work has been seen in publications such as Punk Rock Confidential, Solis Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, Syracuse Bridal Magazine, and Rochester Wedding Magazine. Michelle has also worked with many advertising clients such as, The Seneca Casinos, New Era Cap, WebMD, Hodgson Russ and Cellino and Barnes Law Firm.
Michelle has completed a transformative journey, encompassing her time as a performer and her work behind the scenes in New York City. Now, armed with a wealth of invaluable insights, she has returned to Buffalo, NY with a mission to empower fellow professionals in the performing arts. Her focus lies in equipping them with getting the images they need to stand out in front of casting directors and industry leaders. Michelle extends her expertise to encompass portraits for entrepreneurs, family, seniors and makeup design. Contact Michelle Sperazz Studios today!