Pamela Bass is a Makeup Artist. Her work and creativity as such an artist can be seen everywhere – on television, in films, on magazine covers and especially on the faces of many politicians! The latter, by way of an echoflam.com article, is what apparently drew attention for The Hill, a newspaper out of Washington, D.C.. Reporter Jordy Yager contacted Bass for an interview and another source for a gig!
Bass’s background consists of graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Television and Film, and she has been a professional Makeup Artist for two decades. For more on Pam Bass visit articles on her below.
Yager recently contacted Pamela Bass and interviewed her on October 5, 2010. As Pam Bass puts it:
“This week was just another week for me until I decided to go to my AOL mailbox and open my Email. I do not check my Emails everyday, so I had about 109 messages. ARGHHHHH! As I grudgingly checked them, I saw a name I did not recognize and wondered how it got past my SPAM mail. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. I opened the Email and found this letter:”
From Jordy Yager
Question for Article
October 5, 2010 4:02 PM
I’m a reporter in Washington D.C. with The Hill newspaper and I’m writing an article that takes a close look at what goes into being a makeup artist for a politician. I was wondering if you might have a couple of minutes at some point this week to talk about your experiences in working with politicians in the past and your advice for present day candidates?
Thanks very much,
“I read this and thought, ‘Well how about that?’ Of course I had to find out if he was legitimate first and he was. So I told him YES I would call him and we could talk about my work with politicians.
I was very excited to say the least. The first question I asked him was. ‘How did you find me?’ And he said ‘I read an article in echoflam.com about your work as a Makeup Artist.’ So I had to Email Deb Ford to tell her the good news!
‘Hey Deb! I wanted to thank you for writing that article about me in echoflam.com. It appears that your story got me a job with the Secretary of State in Mississippi this month who is Delbert Hosemann and also an interview in Washington DC with The Hill newspaper. Thanks so much.’
Maybe it really does matter what I do every day.
You know I am, have been, a Makeup Artist since 1990. I have had the priviledge to apply makeup on national television ( not local) for every Governor in Mississippi since that time. I have also been Makeup Artist to other politicians like Governor Mark Warner of Virginia who is now a senator in Washington DC. This same man got written up in the Washington Post as saying ‘Mark Warner obviously had a top notch makeup artist that day on CBS Face the Nation, as this correspondant has never seen him look this good.’
Well Governor, now Senator Warner, wrote me a letter after that article came out and sent me a copy of it for a keepsake as well as an 8 X 10 autographed photo of him which says” ” Pam, thanks for making me look so good!”
I keep it beside my computer where I am sitting right now so I can see it everyday. It reminds me how much I love doing what I do! On the other side of that photo is an 8 X 10 photo of my first Governor Kirk Fordice in Mississippi. That was in 1990, and he is now deceased and so is his lovely wife Pat Fordice who became a dear friend of mine over the years.
In fact, Pat Fordice (fomer First Lady of Mississippi) told me I was the best kept secret in Mississippi and she wanted people to know me and for me NOT to be such a secret. She wanted people to know that what I did mattered and that I was very good at my craft. I told her I was not good at selling myself…only good at promoting others. So she invited me on her television show as a guest a few times to get my name out there. Pat would really love reading all the interviews and articles. Maybe she is up in heaven orchestrating all of this. I like to think so.
I like to think that God is in charge of my life and my career. After all how else can you explain my life as a Makeup Artist?
I have never advertised my work or even had my phone listed, but God has sent me every client one by one. I have never called any of my clients to ask for work. It is just like my actor and fellow Christian friend, Tom Lester, told me years ago when I asked him where I should go. He said ‘Pam, stay in Mississippi. And if this is what God has for you then He will bring them to you.’
That is exactly how my life has gone. God has brought me every face/client. I have had faces that I ‘created’ on the covers of national magazines in New York, an exhibit in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, every governor in Mississippi at the governor’s mansion as well as the Governor now Senator of Virginia and Congressman. Names like Senators Trent Lott and Thad Cochran. (Thad was a friend of my dad’s and they worked together in Washington DC for many years.) The Grand Opening of Nissan gave me many dignitaries in 2003. I have had work on CNN, FOX NEWS, CBS FACE THE NATION, NBC and CBS.
Only God can do things like that.
I told Jordy at The Hill newspaper that I like to make my clients (politicians in this case) to feel comfortable and relaxed and enjoy having their makeup applied. I try to make it a nice experience for them when possible. Of course in the world of fast TV that is not always the case. Sometimes I only have ten minutes to get a man ready for camera. Every situation is different and so is every face. I think of each face as a canvas and I try to bring out the best in each person, so when they are seen on camera people see someone who looks like they have on no makeup and someone approachable and real! Not fake!! I am very serious about how they look on camera! I take each one and see that they have on the right color clothes, also that they present themselves as the best they can be.
I like for viewers to look at my client on television and say to themselves ‘What a great face!’ Not what great makeup. I do not want anyone to see makeup on my folks! I like natural and it still takes plenty of makeup on some, believe me, to make them look natural.
I told Jordy, the reporter, that I have to give God the credit for bringing so many wonderful faces my way! It is not me who is getting them to me but when they get to me I do try to do the best work I can and to leave a positive impression on all of them. I love what I do!
My next big question in my mind is this ‘I Wonder when God will send a president my way?’ Now wouldn’t that be something? Never say never!
I can only hope!” – Pamela Bass
Thank you Ms Bass for sharing this experience, and so happy our past interview had a little something to do with these new contacts. Myself and echoflam.com knows it was really all you!