PureGear Mobile Lifestyle Series: Paul Thompson, Professional Makeup Artist and Instructor
In our Mobile Lifestyle Series, we talk with extraordinary personalities from all walks of life about their mobile devices – what they love about them, how they use and personalize them – and, occasionally, how they break them.
For our latest profile, we’ve selected Paul Thompson, professional makeup artist with 24 years of experience working and teaching in the industry. He has lectured internationally for major cosmetic companies such as MAC Cosmetics and Max Factor & Company. He also founded Creature Creations, a special make-up effects company specializing in television, commercial and theme park projects. One project resulted in the creation of the very first silicone bodysuit for Luke Perry in Robin Cook’s Invasion, a NBC mini-series. He is currently Director of Education at Make-Up Designory, the largest makeup school in the nation.
1. What’s the longest you’ve gone without using and/or checking your phone?
In this day and age, I am very well connected. I do not like to go for very long without access to information or data. The longest I typically go is about two or three hours. I like to paddle board so I will usually leave my phone behind for that.
2. What are your favorite apps?
Hands down two most favorite apps are Dropbox and DocsToGo. I am constantly traveling and am regularly asked questions that require me to review curriculum. These two apps make it so easy for me to have access to all of the data that I would normally have sitting in front of my computer.
3. How often do you update your status, tweet, etc.?
I am not much of a tweeter, nor am I on Facebook much. However, I do check into LinkedIn about once a week.
4. Do you have any mobile horror stories? i.e. dropping your phone, emailing/texting wrong person, autocorrect?
Besides the typical story of dropping my phone into a toilet, I have been very fortunate. I have been on the receiving end of texting gone bad. One of our teachers was texting me a question about an upcoming lesson and what was sent to me ended up being a very inappropriate reference to the male anatomy.
5. What platform are you on? iOS or Android?
I use the iPhone4S, iOS 6.
6. When did you get your first smartphone?
It was probably about ten years ago, it was Palm. I remember thinking how amazing it was and for its time it was amazing, even though it could double as a brick.
7. What accessories do you use – headphones, armband, screen shield, etc. – and what do you use them for?
For accessories I use the standard headphones for when I am about and about. If I am traveling I use a larger set of noise reduction headphones. I have been experimenting with different cases and I use a screen shield. My favorite accessory is my Jeep, my phone connects to the car via Bluetooth and I am able to stream music, make and receive calls and it gives directions.
8. What’s your ringtone?
I am one of the 8 million people using the “Old Phone” as my ringer, however I have a reason. I am a little hard of hearing, so this particular ringer is perfect for me. Unfortunately, it is very popular and every time I am around someone else with the same ringer and an iPhone I think I am getting the call. I am constantly answering a phone no one is calling.
9. Have you ever lost your phone? What happened?
I have yet to lose a phone, however now that I said that I am sure to lose it.
10. Which PureGear products do you like best and why?
I love the PX360 case, I am constantly dropping my phone. As I have mentioned, I have been experimenting with different cases and I need one to hold up to my kind of abuse. These phones are not cheap and having a good case is essential to keep the glass in one piece. This particular system works well with several of the things I like to do in my off time.
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