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Serpico shares “Face Off” experience with Cosmetology students

Emily Serpico, Palm Beach State Cosmetology program graduate, visited her old stomping grounds Wednesday, a day after she appeared on the Season 8 finale of “Face Off” as one of three finalists in the competition/elimination TV series that chooses Hollywood’s next great special effects artist.

Serpico, who turned 19 during the show’s taping, is the youngest contestant in the history of this Syfy cable network hit series, making her achievement especially noteworthy. She came close to winning, besting 12 other artists for a place in the finale after 13 weeks of competition. Each week contestants were challenged to create characters for sci-fi, fantasy, horror and other extreme film genres. The Season 8 winner was Darla Edin; Serpico and Logan Long were finalists with no further rank assigned.

The “Face Off” judges praised Serpico’s work throughout the season. Neville Page: “Emily is fearless in three categories: fabrication, concept and form. That kind of range is, at any age, admirable.” Ve Neill: “Overwhelmingly genius decisions… this little girl is absolutely phenomenal.” Glenn Hetrick: “There’s one thing about this I really hate…that is how much better you are than when I was your age!”

Serpico spoke with students and faculty at the College’s Lake Worth Cosmetology lab, where she honed her skills before competing on the show and after graduating high school from the G-Star School of the Arts. Questions ranged from “what was your favorite “Face Off” challenge” (her rag doll from the “Deadly Dolls” episode) to asking about special effects hair and makeup techniques. Serpico plans to pursue a career in the special effects field.

And when asked, she also offered this advice: “My experience on Syfy’s “Face Off” Season 8 was amazing, and I would recommend every student and everyone to pursue their dreams and not be afraid to take risks and try something new, because you never know what can come from it.”

Emily Serpico
Emily Serpico, PBSC Cosmetology graduate and Syfy “Face Off” finalist, fields questions from Cosmetology students at the Lake Worth campus.

Catch up on Season 8 episodes by visiting the “Face Off” website.

Read the original News Center article about Emily Serpico.

Emily Serpico (center/seated) and PBSC Cosmetology students
Emily Serpico and Palm Beach State Cosmetology students



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