It's all about how well you can serve.
The makeup artist is one of the most powerful people on set or on an assignment because it is the interaction with us that sets the tone or the mood of the talent or client. You can single-handedly make or break the end result because their disposition coming out of your chair will translate on film. Make sure that you are at your best and energy/ mood is uplifting and your work carried out with love so that you will transmit that good vibe to your subject.
Choose what part of the industry suits your personality and expression best.
I am a painter and love to explore different looks, create characters as well as simple, pristine beauty. I got my start in Chicago in TV spots, so when the director expected the talent camera-ready clean and fresh look in twenty-minutes, it assaulted my artistic sensibility. Perhaps I should have chosen the fashion industry and worked in London. As a young makeup artist it was more about expressing my artistic side as opposed to collecting a big paycheck from a TV spot.
Create a system of documentation.
How do I know I've worked with 100+ celebrities and personalities, 70+ corporations & companies, 50+ photographers, 3 major motion pictures, numerous video and TV directors, magazines, photographers, TV shows and music videos? I have every call sheet from every commercial, film, video I've ever worked on. That becomes a precious resource of documentation and your credit list - which gives you the credibility to get more work. Also, I really wish I would’ve documented EVERY face with a before and after. It would be awesome to have that library of transformation. Document your work because you are building your history and legacy.
"Creativity Means Not Copying."
- Jacques Maximin
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AKUA AUSET | Referred to as “The Queen of Transformation" & "LA's Best-Kept Secret," noted celebrity makeup artist and author, Akua Auset, has groomed and transformed thousands of faces for hundreds of TV, film, music video and magazine projects. She is the author of Superwomen & Goddesses: Workin’ Your Power & Magic Book One and The Eight Elements of The Most Beautiful & Magnetic People On The Planet. A holistic beauty advisor with a worldwide following, she has worked intimately with the planet’s most famous and talented celebrities in business, sports, entertainment and advertising specializing in a term she’s coined, “the healing beauty arts.” Akua is expanding the first-ever global holistic makeup artist team. Her work and advice has appeared in Real Simple, InStyle and JET magazines. She has been featured on ABC-7, The Chicago Tribune, Metromix and the popular blogs: Daily Candy & Vital Juice.
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