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Saturday, June 23, 2012

CAREER OF THE WEEK: MAKE-UP ARTIST




Being a make-up artist means that you get a varied lifestyle. Its definitely not a standard nine to five job. You get to travel, meet new people, and be part of a creative team and no two briefs will ever be the same.
As a make-up artist you will normally have to start very early in the morning because you have to get yourself to locations and set up with your kit. You then have to get your client ready for the actual shoot and be on hand all day for touch ups or changes of looks. You also have to be prepared to get involved with every aspect of the shoot.

Days are pretty full-on and you really have to be on the ball but it is great to see the finished result at the end of the day. Make-up artists will work with a wide variety of people from modeling agency,  fashion shoots, TV commercials and photographic advertising campaigns, Brides amongst others. Every day is different, its might be from working with children who only require minimal grooming to working on a high fashion shoot with a glamorous model.
Being a successful make-up artist is mostly down to experience so it is really important keep up with industry trends too. You also have to have a really sensible head on your shoulders and be organised. If you can’t arrange to get yourself to a shoot on time with a full kit no one will book you again!

The positives are that you get to travel and you get to meet lots of people from different creative backgrounds. However because you are following your client’s brief you might not have as much creative rein as you would like and you are often given a short amount of time to create the look so you really do have to be on the ball.
There are some great make-up artist training courses in the local area that will give you a real insight in to what the work is all about.. If you want to work on the big campaigns you have to be prepared to travel.
The main things an agency or client looks for is a creatively versatile portfolio, a professional/organised attitude, and the ability to work under pressure. If you have that extra enthusiasm, it will make clients want to book you again, and help you build a good reputation.

And starting from next week, I  will start special features on makeup artists in Nigeria from top and established ones to new and upcoming ones.

So are you an upcoming makeup artist?Do you want us to feature you  on bebeakinboade.blogspot.com? Send your well written profile and pictures of your work to: bebeakinboade@yahoo.com. We give you an opportunity to become a global brand!!!

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