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I have been a makeup artist for 12 years now and recently got into film/television. I met many associates in the film industry on the set of Ted 2 and have been working ever since. I support myself and, with Boston Back Bay rent prices, would be without a home if the incentives were cut. Please consider all the lives that will affected by this decision! Thank you.

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I started working as a makeup artist for film after graduating Emerson College in 1999. This was of course before the film incentive was passed, and things were financially sparse, at best, especially considering my single-mother status. Somehow, I have no idea how, we got by — though basic necessities, like food, for example, were truly luxury items for years. I had finally given up hope on surviving on my meager income to pursue my dreams and enrolled to get my masters in art therapy (another affluent means of income). It was then that things began shifting due to the tax incentive.

The first year the incentive passed, my income doubled, bringing my yearly gross from meager to a lower middle-class standing. Within three years, I was able to buy a condo, and now am confident I’ll have the means to send my son, now 18, to a proper university.

But this isn’t about single-experience stories. On Shutter Island, for example, there were 200 Massachusetts residents hired to do construction alone! And many hundreds more hired to work on the film in other departments. It also should be noted that the materials necessary to produce a film are endless. They range from tools and equipment to set dressing materials and wardrobe needs, from makeup products and office supplies to food products/catering and beyond, beyond, and beyond.

Films that come to Massachusetts are spending millions and employing thousands of Massachusetts residents.

It isn’t because they love Massachusetts and it’s convenient. It’s because of the incentive…PERIOD. Films weren’t here before the incentive and they won’t be here if it’s pulled.

Thousands of middle-class crew members will be out of work if the incentive is pulled, or will see a decline in their business income. I’m not sure how that could help the state financially.

 

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My name is Julie LeShane. I am freelance makeup and special effects artist. I grew up wanting to do special effects since I was five years old. I am now 30 years old, and I have been working in the industry for almost ten years. Through years of hard work, I eventually could afford opening up a special effects shop in the city where I grew up, which I thought I never could do while staying in Massachusetts. Many of my loved ones, friends, and family are located in Massachusetts. I love Massachusetts and would rather not relocate anywhere else in order to continuing making a living doing what I love to do.

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My name is Manda Carco, and I am a makeup artist for film and commercials, which I have been for more than half of my 13-year career. I’m blessed that I don’t have to move far away from my family and friends to do a job that I love to do. I love that we are bringing work to OUR home state, and giving back to individuals and businesses here in Massachusetts. The work I do also allows me to volunteer at local nonprofits and, again, give back directly to our community. I have met some of the hardest working people in the world working in this industry, and I really would hate to have to leave. But if the film tax incentive goes, so will the work that we all rely on to survive.

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My name is Rob Fitz, and I have been working in the film industry for about 20 years as a makeup artist and makeup FX man. I grew up in Massachusetts, and when I returned home after college, I began working on indie films to scrape together a living. Unfortunately, at that time, it was before the tax incentive, and it was very difficult to make ends meet in this field. I was forced to seek other work on side jobs like custodial work and delivery service.

When the tax incentive was introduced, I was able quit my janitor job and work full-time on movies. For the last seven years, I have flourished and have been able to buy a home and help my family. That is all because of the Massachusetts film tax incentive. Don’’t think for second that if this goes away the productions will continue here. Movies will go elsewhere and an entire community of craftsmen and artisans will wither and die.

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Hi. My name is Jeri La Shay. I have been a make up artist since 1987. I want to say how fortunate I have been to be an artist and support myself through the creative process. It is my sincere desire that we keep our market going so we can all take care of ourselves and our families. Best to all.

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My name is Trish Seeney, and I proudly work as a Massachusetts makeup artist and department manager. My career began 23 years ago — long before the inception of our tax incentive. Prior to 2006, movies produced in Massachusetts were few and far between. Independent films were mostly shot with budgets often less than $1 million. Hours were long and pay was low, but we loved our chosen craft and quickly became a community of creative film makers, a productive family.

Since the tax incentive, our family has grown. In the last nine years, we have collectively trained and mentored those new to our local business. We have grown from a very small group to an industry of truly respected and talented artists. Producers and directors return again and again because of the strong industry we’ve become and the beautiful state we live in.

The tax incentive has allowed local crew to purchase cars, buy homes, and start families. Finally, an opportunity to save for an emergency, retirement, or college educations. On the job, our budgets are spent in local towns and in local stores. We hire local crew and use local services. The economy in Massachusetts is better because of the continued film production. This month we will have five projects running simultaneously, creating work for all.

Next time you watch The Departed, The Town or Ted, think of us. Come visit set and see how dedicated we are. Once you take the time to speak with crew individually you’ll better understand why we’re so proud of what we do and why we need to keep our tax incentive alive in Massachusetts.

 

 

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