A Personal Story
What you do in the job?
GETTING STARTED IN MAKE-UP
I started in the industry years ago as a performer. Starting in the theatre, I went on to work in TV, video, photography and to some degree, film. During this time I came across some of the best make-up artistes in the industry.
Working with these people was the beginning of my education. I knew that when I had had enough of performing, make-up was what I wanted to do. When I was at school I had never heard of a career as a make-up artist and so, although chemistry and art were my best subjects, I never thought I'd need them. On hind-sight those subjects have served me well.
CELEBRITIES AND PERSONALITIES
Celebrities and personalities, when about to perform, are facing the unknown, to a degree. It may be new film crews, new directors, new make-up etc and therefore they can often be nervous, excited or apprehensive. So they use their time in the make-up chair to prepare themselves for the experience about to unfold. They need to able to trust in you that you will make them look the best they can, so that they can get on with what they do best, Entertain!
When working with celebrities and personalities you will need to think of their needs. Be prepared for anything they may need throughout the day, tissues, razors possibly a toothbrush and so on. And Yes sometimes it does feel as if you are carrying "Boots" (the chemist) around with you, after all you probably are.
What qualities are required?
There are many colleges and courses out there advertised in the classified section of many national beauty magazines, which offer full training to would be make-up artists. More ideas are on another StartinTV.com page:
www.StartinTV.com/whichjobforme / Make-up artist.
My advice, is to contact the chosen college, ask for a prospectus and see if it is possible to go along to see the setup - in other words - what do you get for your money?
Ask if they have an agency attached, or help in some way to get you started in TV or your chosen field when you have finished your course. After all, to learn how to do make-up for the media is a very expensive business, so make sure you choose the right course for you.
As most make-up artists are freelance you will also need to know how to keep your accounts.
You will now need to build a CV. To start with you can look for work-experience by contacting make-up artists to see if they need any help, maybe find a film school project, a local theatre production or a make-over photographic studio. All of which give you confidence working with the face and an understanding of the business whilst learning which products suit the type of work you are going to specialise in.
PATIENCE & PERSEVERENCE
Being a MAKE-UP ARTIST means so much more than make-up alone. It can be tough to get started so I wish you all the best in your endeavour to be a make-up artist.
It is a fantastic job ... the envy of many, and with patience and perseverance, I'm sure you can achieve your dreams.
If you are thinking of becoming a make-up artist, here are some of the qualities you'll find may help you to be successful: Calm, helpful, attentive, supportive, trustworthy, dependable, assertive and creative.
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