We had the good fortune of connecting with Tonia Green and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tonia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk is necessary to advance and progress in your career and life in general. I say yes to everything and figure it out later. I have to rely on my instincts and surround myself with people that will make me better at what I do as well as help me keep everything together at home. People think you have to sacrifice having a big family to have a successful career and that’s simply not true. You can have it all… you just have to find the balance.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a television makeup artist and I have Department Headed many reality competition and game shows such as American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Legendary, I Can See Your Voice, So You Think You Can Dance, and World of Dance. A lot of these shows are large casts and specific looks as well as quick changes at times. I am proud of the art we create and the ability to make people feel like the best version of themselves. It’s not easy to run a department with so many challenges from time constraints and simply the volume of people. It’s important to pick the right team and place everyone in a position to succeed and create an efficient work place. I think what sets me apart is understanding everyone has a job to do and it is important to respect everyones time. Treat everyone with respect and gratitude and people will remember you. So many people that I met long ago were just starting out in the business are now my bosses and many of my bosses have taken me from show to show because we make it work despite the challenges.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love places with scenery. We would definitely visit the beaches and the tide pools at Leo Carrillo. Calamigos Ranch and Descanso Gardens always make for a lovely day. I’d also probably take them to the Huntington Library their gardens are beautiful.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my family who puts up with these sometimes insane work hours.