Laura Illman Special Effects Makeup Artist

My love of Casualty Simulation and Special Effects Makeup started as a kid while volunteering as a Cadet in St. John Ambulance.  It was there that I learned so basic techniques of how to make burns, cuts, bruises and broken bones.  

It was also here that my friends convinced me to become a paramedic.

It was thanks to a few special friends who started throwing yearly Halloween parties that my interest in Special Effects Makeup only continued to grow. 

I have now volunteered with St. John Ambulance for over 22 years, always working with our Cadet division.

I have been a Paramedic for over 15 years and still work just north of Toronto.

In 2016 I decided it was time to update and upgrade my skills.  I had done casualty simulation for a variety of competitions, mock disasters, training scenarios and even commercial video and photo campaigns.  

I wanted to learn some "normal people" makeup.  I also knew there was a better way to do Casualty Simulation (my reference books were printed in the 1960's and I'm not even joking about that!)

So, off to college I went and began to make this a serious job.  


I have had the opportunity to work with many people and a variety of different projects. 

Film making continues to be a place I want to focus my energy, editorial photography lets me be creative and casualty simulation will always be my strongest asset.