The Film and TV makeup industry is a totally different vibe than runway, bridal, or photo shoot experiences.
Filming on set can be a long day with lots of waiting and checking consistency of makeup and lots of craft services (my favorite). I always joke that you can earn a secondary degree online while you wait for filming.
Most artist beginning their career in this industry getting unpaid jobs doing makeup/hair for student films, which is a great way to jump start your career! Most film students move on to paid jobs so making strong connections is very important, they tend to take people with them to the top whom helped them when they where just beginning. - Classic story! It always happens! Trust me!
What you need to know and be aware of about this industry:
- The Makeup Union
- Working on set
- Who to know and why
- What to do when arriving on set
- Understanding paperwork - Getting paid
- How TV makeup differs from print makeup
- On Set etiquette
Getting the job:
- You will need to call or go to your local Film School or Academy and get the name of students currently doing student films projects.
- Make sure you ask open ended questions in order to fulfill the requirements of the job. i.e makeup looks, how many actors, female or male ratio, what type of theme or style the makeup will be done, who will be the hair dresser, will there different locations to shoot at? etc.
- Your Makeup kit will need to be cleaned and organized in order to produce great clean work.
- Your tools of the trade must be fully stocked. i.e. q-tips, cotton rounds etc.
- Attention you details when it comes to scheduling is imperative. Start by adding reminders on your schedule.
- Make sure you update your phone and email message to represent a professional etiquette.
Please check website for current information as some requirements have changed and are in the process of changing. Thank you!
the makeup artist