orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

April 14, 2013

Living the dream

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

BUNA — Randy Landry had plans to get a degree in business when he discovered his talents for hair and make-up.

Landry said he was working with several charities when it was suggested he attend school for hair design.

Immediately following graduation he started taking classes to become a licensed instructor.

“When I went to take the test in Louisiana, there were only four other guys there to take the test,” Landry said.

That was in 1975.

Landry returned to Orange to work at Styles Unlimited in 1980. He also did a lot of charity work to help build his resume.

A filming company, Bob Burge Productions, advertised for talent for a movie to be filmed in Beaumont in 1984.

Over 200 people applied for the hairstylist or make-up positions, with Landry making the first cut for the top 20.

The process required Landry to show what he could do, so while competing for the top 10, he asked if he could do the make-up and hair for the model.

“Since I can do both,” Landry said. “I asked them if I could just do it all.”

Speaking up at that point gave Landry the opportunity to show his talents with body make-up as well and was put at the head of the line for the positions.

Landry said that he used all his own supplies during the interviews.

The film, Texas Godfather, originally titled Texas Sno-Line, was released in 1986. Credits for the film list Randy Landry as assistant makeup artist.

It was just the beginning for Landry.

The film gave him the opportunity to meet his idol Diana Ross in Las Vegas.

“She had her own stylists but I was able to go back stage and meet her,” Landry said. “Her hairstylist let me help with her hair that night.”

Landry faced opposition with his dreams.

“Everyone said I was never going to make it because I am in a small town,” Landry said.

Landry was given the opportunity to move to Los Angles to continue the dream but once there he had second thoughts.

Landry was a single father and knew that lifestyle would prevent him from being the father he wanted to be for his son.

“God gave me this little boy,” Landry said. “I have to raise him.”

Landry said that when his son ran to hug him at the airport upon returning from Los Angles, he knew he made the right choice.

Actors and Models of Houston Agency contacted Landry upon hearing of his work through actress Charity Delay and Scott Strozier, stuntman.

The agency also had a film company and a school which needed a hairstylist.

Landry worked on hair and make-up for the models and taught at the school.

Landry’s resume includes print, film, television, and pageants over the years, including entertainers from Tracy Bryd to Dottie West.

He was the stylists and make-up artist for 5 MIss Texas, of which three went onto MIss America.

“Miss America has their own people for hair and make-up,” Landry said. “But I would do the hair and make-up while my wife, Vickie, would do the nails while they were competing for Miss Texas.”

Jo Thompson, Miss Texas 1987, became a finalist for Miss America and is one of the contestants Landry and his wife worked with during that time.

Landry and his wife have been together 31 years.

The health of his parents lead to Landry returning to Orange and leaving that life behind.

Now 38 years after he started working on hair, he has returned to the salon.

“I always kept my license current over the years.” Landry said.

Landry does public speaking at beauty schools and works at Buna Skin Center, 35607 Highway 96 South in Buna.

Landry said he spends his time now showing his wife that she is number one.

“I could never love another like I love her,” Landry said.

Landry said he found fame and fortune because of diligence, hard work, and faith in himself and the Lord.

“Dreams as a little boy can come true,” Landry said. “Obstacles will arise but dreams can come true.”