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Eric Zapata from "Face Off" is one of the contestants in Season 5 of the Syfy reality special effects make-up artist competition series. He previously competed in Season 4. He is a 23-year-old freelance special effects makeup artist from Austin, Texas, with expertise in sculpting, casting and application. He was raised in Victoria, Texas.

Season 5

Eric Zapata made it through the first eight rounds of the fourth season, and he doesn't plan to go home until he's won the season five title. He credits the lessons he learned on the show with giving him "what it takes now to really let go and allow myself to be more fearless and creative in the competition."

Still one of the youngest competitors on the cast, Eric has amassed an impressive resume as a makeup artist. Right out of school, he landed a job working with prolific makeup artist Robert Kurtzman; that led to Eric's dream job on the comedy/horror feature "John Dies at the End." Now that he's back on "Face Off," Eric is ready to challenge himself to achieve his goal of winning. His favorite movie with special effects is "Altered States."

Season 4

Zapata grew up loving art, and knew right away after trying makeup FX that he had found his lifelong career. He did everything he could to learn more, from making molds in his garage to attending the Tom Savini school. Following his graduation, Eric landed a job at Precinct 13 working with Bob Kurtzman. In only four years time, Eric has become very knowledgeable in the shop and quite proficient at application, design, sculpting and molding. He sees the show as not just a competition, but a tool to learn more about himself as an artist and a person.


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Age: ∼23 years old
Hometown: Victoria, TX
Current Residence: Austin, TX

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