Discover the captivating journey of Karen Stein, an esteemed makeup artist who ignited her career on the glamorous sets of major Hollywood films and TV productions, from breathing life into terrifying monster movies to creating the perfect retro looks for television. Karen’s exceptional makeup skills have propelled her to remarkable heights with an impressive repertoire, including a three-season tenure as the department makeup head for Teachers on TV Land and contributions to popular shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Players, and Quasi. As a valued First Entertainment Credit Union member, Karen partnered with us for her home loan needs due to our support and understanding of entertainment creators with non-traditional work hours and pay. Ready to be inspired? Don’t miss our new Member Stories spotlight featuring Karen’s extraordinary financial journey intertwined with her thriving Hollywood career!
What is the key to finding success in the entertainment industry?
“The key to finding success is to be kind and pay attention. People often remember your attitude more than your skill, and when you’re aware of everything that’s going on, you can find where you’ll be most helpful.”
What inspired you to become a makeup artist?
“I had always been creative with my own makeup, and when I was working in P.R. and marketing in my early 20s, a friend in photography school asked me to help with a shoot. We did a Bride of Frankenstein portrait, and everything clicked for me. The artistry, creativity, and problem solving keeps me inspired.”
How does First Entertainment benefit you as a creator of entertainment?
“First Entertainment made the mortgage process painless for someone in the industry who has non-traditional work hours and pay history.”
How would you compare your experiences with First Entertainment with other financial institutions you have banked with?
“Helpful, no judgement, communicative.”
What has your experience been like with our digital banking?
“The Credit Union’s digital banking is very user-friendly. I like that you can see all of your balances right away.”
First Entertainment made the mortgage process painless for someone in the industry who has non-traditional work hours and pay history.
As a valued member of First Entertainment Credit Union, Karen turned to us for her home loan needs, appreciating our support and understanding of entertainment creators with unconventional work schedules and payment structures. She emphasizes kindness and attentiveness as crucial for success in the industry, valuing attitude as much as skill.
First Entertainment Credit Union membership is comprised of the people in entertainment whose individual stories are as unique as they are inspiring. Our Member Stories series* highlights these extraordinary stories. Building a network of supportive partnerships contributes to your story and can make all the difference in feeling a sense of genuinely belonging. At First Entertainment, you belong here and Your Story Matters™.
Testimonials are provided as a means for members to share their experiences. Individual experiences and results may vary. Membership eligibility is required.