Today we’d like to introduce you to Bobbie Weiner.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Bobbie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my Makeup company after finishing the dead frozen victims in the mega-hit James Cameron’s film “Titanic”. in a garage in San Diego. I was featured on a morning show as soon as I was done working on the set of the Titanic and made up the morning newscasters as frozen dead victims. The manager of Camp Pendelton was watching the news show 6 a.m. that morning and heard me say that the makeup never came off the floating actors. He preceded to call into the TV station, got through and left his name for me to call him when I got off the air. I did and the next morning at 8 a.m. I drove on the base and met with him and about 10 other employees at the PX who came to meet me. He told me that the Marines needed a new face paint. I asked what was the problem with the one they were using and he proceeded to tell me the problems with the “OLD” makeup. I took notes and told him I could make him a new face paint for his troops. I told him to give me 2-3 weeks and I would be back. That same afternoon I got a call from the other big Marine base in San Diego and already the word was out that there was a gal who did makeup for the movies and she was making a new Camo Face Paint. I met with that gentleman the next morning. As soon as I got started creating the makeup and the colors they would need to match their uniforms I took the makeup to the beach where the surfers started every morning in the wee hours and had them wear my makeup to see if it would hold up to the salt water and how long. Bingo!! That was almost 21 years ago! And that is how I started my “Bobbie Weiner’s Camo Face Paint business. Today I supply all branches of the Government. I have all the contracts with the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Special Ops, National Guard etc… I manufacture everything here in the United States including my compacts.
At the same time, I had an idea to make Sports Fan Face Paint for the fans with their team colors. Leonardo DiCaprio’s stunt double was going to a San Diego Chargers Game and asked me for their colors so he and his buddies could show their team spirit at the football game.
When he came back to the Titanic movie set the next day he proceeded to tell me that everyone wanted to know where he got the makeup?
I asked him what he and his buddies used in the past. He said magic markers and sharpies. Oh My!!! So I decided to try to make a face paint kit using team colors. I drove up to Los Angeles and walked into UCLA with my prototype and asked for the buyer. I was lucky that he was there and came out to meet me after I told the salespeople who I was and I had just finished doing makeup for the film Titanic. He flipped out, Ordered 2 gross on the spot and told me I had to do a College convention coming up in 3 weeks. I did do that convention and sold to 46 colleges. BTW, I did not know what a gross was!! 2 years later I was asked to speak at a Halloween/Party Convention. That is when Bloody Mary F/X Makeup was born. My nickname in the film industry is “Bloody Mary”. I got that nickname when I did my first Horror Film, Pumpkin Head 2, 3 days after graduating from makeup school in Hollywood CA.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Of course not. It was a lot of hard work and meetings with the different branches of the Government and traveling.
I made sure that I gave them what they wanted. There was not a bank in the San Diego area that would even lend me money. I walked into many who said NO! I sold my car, I lived with people for 5 years to get this business started. There are no overnight successes. It takes a tremendous amount of hard work. I was 46 when I went to makeup school and I did prove that you are never too old to pursue your dreams. You can do anything you want if you are not afraid to work and believe in yourself. Friends and family thought I was nuts for starting this so-called makeup business. I ignored everyone who was negative and just trudged forward not looking back or sideways. Just ahead! I was going to do this!!
Bloody Mary – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I created an International Makeup Company. It all started in a garage in Pacific Beach CA almost 21 years ago. I make Camo Face Paint for all branches of the US Government. I make Sports Fan Face Paint Kits in team-specific colors for Colleges, Pro Teams and High Schools. I make a line of Special Effects Makeup called “Bloody Mary” for TV, Films, Halloween, Haunted Houses etc.. I write “The Tales Of Bloody Mary” Comic Books and I have licensed them to Universal Studios for Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando and Six Flags Theme Parks. I produce Bloody Mary Hot Sauces and “Bloody Mary’s” Bloody Mary Mixes. I am known for all of these businesses.They are all very successful in their own right. I have been featured on CNN, Entertainment Tonight, Magazines, News Papers etc.. Mark Burnett featured me in a TV show he produced, “How’d You Get So Rich” with some of the cast from Shark Tank. I wrote a Book “I CAN DO THIS”! The Bloody Mary Story. I am asked to do inspirational and motivational speaking at Women’s Conferences, Colleges, Conventions, etc… I love doing this. I am most proud of what I did with my life and that I support our troops and everything I make is “MADE IN THE USA.”
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Being recognized and awarded Gold Medals for my work with the US Government. This is a major honor!
- Website: www.bobbieweiner.com www.dearbloodymary.com camofacepaint.com sportsfanfacepaint.com
- Phone: 305-893-5650
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Brigadier General James P Totsch
Aveda Makeup Institute Los Angeles
Imats International Makeup Convention Sydney Australia