Our Conversation with Whitney Modesta Collazo

Which of your achievements to date are you most proud of?

Last year I won second place in a makeup fx challenge at the Days of the Dead horror convention in Charlotte, NC.
I wrote, produced and did makeup on a short film titled Gruss Vom Krampus.
My short won Best Super Short and Freaks Choice Award at Horror Movie Freaks Film Fest last fall.
It’s recently been accepted to Mad Monster Party’s Film Fest.
I’m also incredibly thankful for those who have chosen to commission artworks from me.

What’s your favorite horror film and why?

Pet Sematary. Mary Lambert’s direction was so profound and bone-chilling.
It’s one film that has made a huge impact on me emotionally as well as artistically. After all, sometimes dead is better!

Who is your hero in the horror world and why?

Guillermo del Toro.
Just like Guillermo del Toro, my father and that side of my family hails from Jalisco, Mexico! Macabre Mexican blood aside, I love how Guillermo makes us feel a sense of empathy and sympathy for his characters. Underneath layers of those creatures, he peeled back forms abuse, neglect and vulnerability. To me that is human, monstrous and magical all at the same time.

Share a practical tip for a woman who wants to do what you do.

Search for a local haunt, theatre, and/or film cast or crew call.
sign up, show up, do the work and network. Most importantly, keep learning and practicing so you can branch out. Hone your talents, remain humble, and never let anyone make you feel inferior!

Inspire someone who is not where they want to be in the industry yet.

Try and think about what you’ve already accomplished over what you haven’t.  Does that passion still burn? Keep that fire within you.

Scare the crap out of us with something you have done or plan on doing!

I’ve stayed mostly behind the scenes in film with the exception of being a double on a few occasions. Last year I stepped out of my element and had a small speaking role on set of a short titled Countdown to Midnight. I do plan to write more and who knows, perhaps a bit more acting.

What projects do you have coming up?

With Countdown to Midnight’s completion, I’m looking forward to seeing where it heads in the film fest circuit. Aside from art commissions,
I’m eager to get creative with my co-collaborators at Wreak Havoc Productions. Also, I am a new co-host with Gruesome Magazine’s podcast Decades of Horror: The Classic Era.