About essiecha

Essie Cha is veteran makeup artist and project coordinator within the entertainment industry. Within a short span of seven years, Cha moved swiftly up the ranks from a makeup artist to a department head in many featured projects. Currently Cha is the makeup department head for the CW's hit show "The Vampire Diaries." In addition, she brings 17 years of management and operations experience. Previously, Cha owned and managed retail and educational businesses. As the owner of a fashion related retail operation, she used her understanding of current fashion, consumer demand and developed marketing plan to attract her customers and successfully developed the business. Cha holds Bachelor of Arts from California Baptist University and advanced makeup training from Make Up Designory. Essie is fluent in Japanese and Korean and has extensive international business and travel experience. Essie’ Cha’s achievements include: At age 16, first place in L.A. Unified Art contest and won the following year as well. 1990, voted #1 Real Estate Agent by the Japanese Business community and guest on the show, "Good Morning Japan". In 2000, President of the Asian Women of Orange County

Michael Badalucco

By: Deborah Holmes Dobson (Hair Stylist)

Unfortunately, I only worked on the last season of ‘The Practice’. I was lucky, though, to work with Michael Badalucco, one of the biggest hearts in the entertainment business. Once a month, he had his favorite restaurant in New York City Continue reading

Arsenio Hall

By: Deborah Holmes Dobson (Hair Stylist)

I was working on the Arsenio Hall Show when southern California suffered the devastating Northridge Earthquake in 1994. A lot of the crew members were unable to make it into work, even if they had survived the quake, due to road closures and damaged homes. Ever thoughtful, Arsenio decided to shut down production for a week Continue reading

Nina Dobrev, the Sweetheart

By: Essie Cha (Makeup Artist)

The Vampire Diaries is the most difficult show I have ever worked on. It’s so physically demanding with a tremendous amount of running, hustling, schlepping, setting up and breaking down, and moving heavy crates containing the actors’ bags, backup supplies and so on. I would get so exhausted that I would need the entire weekend to recuperate. Nina always knew exactly what I needed. Continue reading

Katerina Graham, Humble Star

By: Essie Cha (Makeup Artist)

It was my first season on the Vampire Diaries, and we started shooting in the hottest time of year in Atlanta, Georgia. Overly hot and muggy when it’s not pleasant there. One day on location, we had an exterior shoot on, of course, the nastiest, muggiest day imaginable. During a scene with Kat, while a lens was being changed, I saw she was suffering from the heat and brought a fan to her. She took the fan from me, but whispered to me

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Marc Forster donates time to Make A Film Foundation

By: Tamika Lamison

I’d like to submit stories about a few AWESOME celebrities who have donated their time and talent to MAKE A FILM FOUNDATION.  We grant ‘film wishes’ to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions, teaming them with industry professionals who help the create short film legacies that offer them hope and build self-esteem. Continue reading

Christina Grimmie’s BIG heart!

By: Emma

Christina is a youtube artist. She has toured with Selena Gomez and has her own Album. But has not let any of it get to her head. Christina works with called Stomp Out Online Bullying. And she did a concert for hope for Breast Cancer. I was getting bullied and Christina defended me. She love’s Jesus Christ. Christina is a wonderful role model and has a huge heart!

Ian the Compassionate

By: Essie Cha (Makeup Artist)

I have seen evidence many, many times of Ian’s extremely down-to-earth nature and have decided that he is definitely an incredible role model for other actors. This goodness makes me his biggest fan.

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Ian the Grateful and Gracious

By: Essie Cha (Makeup Artist)

Ian Somerhalder is one of the hottest properties in acting right now. With multiple Teen Choice Awards, a Screen Actors’ Guild Award, and countless other accolades, you would think he would not need to take time to schmooze with the little people. I know personally that such is not the case. He stands up for us little guys, is very generous, always helping others, and generous with gifts. Most importantly, he finds joy in Continue reading

Ian Somerhalder’s generous gift

By: Essie Cha (Makeup Artist)

Thus far, I have been blessed to work with Ian Somerhalder for the past two years. Hopefully there will be many more to come. He’s a gorgeous human being and has the biggest human heart to match. One early morning while working on ‘The Vampire Diaries’, I noticed that Ian was extra happy. Ebullient. Intrigued, I asked how he was doing. He answered, “ I am going to buy Jess a Continue reading