Michelle Mai Smith is a makeup artist and hairstylist with over 12 years of experience working in the film and entertainment industries. She has been a proud member of IATSE Local 488 since 2021 and loves to share her passions related to arts, music and entertainment with a special commitment to sustainable and equitable practices. Having started working in the film industry at just 17, Michelle has a deep understanding for the need for mentorship, guidance, and opening doors for those that hope to work in the industry. She strives to pay it forward, and hopes to be able to provide platforms and opportunities for underrepresented voices in the film community. An avid community organizer, Michelle has worked over the years with various organizations and charities in and around the PNW to help amplify the voices of local BIPOC artists and connect them with the greater community through events and fundraisers. As a voice of the newly appointed Equity Committee, Michelle is excited to get to work with her fellow members to create a more inclusive and equitable Washington Film Community for generations to come.