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Liezl’s Craft!

Liezl Phokane pursues a not-so-ordinary craft.

Liezl Phokane, a 27 years old from Burgersfort Limpopo picked special effects, SFX, make-up art as her trade. SFX, commonly known as special effects make-up art, is a form of art focused mainly on wounds and injuries make-up artistry.

Liezl says SFX art has chosen her and not the other way around.

‘I was just at home during my gap year when somebody called saying “there is someone looking for a make-up artist. I gave her your number.”‘ she said.

It was at that point that her grit for this craft fully kicked in. ‘As they say, the rest is history’ she added. It took Liezl three years to teach herself the art of make-up and her work is now featured in photoshoots, dramas and music video shoots. Most of her work is inspired by horror movies like The Conjuring, which she says that its incorporation of horror and paranormal, as well as the special effects visuals, makes it ‘More and more realistic. It’s fascinating.’ The South African SFX make-up art is not where it’s supposed to be according to Liezl.

‘I haven’t seen any work of my imagination portrayed.’

Her dream is thus to see South Africa’s up and coming SFX make-up artists, and film producers come together to ‘throw a bomb horror movie.’

‘Make-up art is a good career choice. It does generate money, but on different levels. You need to socialize, you need to offer services for free if you are only starting and you’re being doubted.’ She said.

by – Matome Seketa


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