Becoming a theatre makeup artist is a dream for many, but as with many creative industries, there is often no clear understanding or route as to how someone can pursue their theatre destiny.
Because of that, we are here to help. There are a few options you can take to becoming a theatre makeup artist, which is good news for those from all different kinds of backgrounds.
Read on to find out more!
What is a Theatre Makeup Artist?
A theatre makeup artist is someone who creates outstanding makeup looks for those in the theatre. This could literally mean anything, depending on what company you work for or what show you are working on, but more than likely, these looks with being bold, elaborate, and fun to do. The hours can be long, and the work can be grueling depending on what look you are working on and how long a period of a specific show runs, but there is the potential for high satisfaction, which is important in any job. And it can also be extremely fun.
No Qualification? No Problem
You do not actually need a qualification to practice makeup or work in a theatre, though there are plenty of courses and qualifications you can undertake if you want to. If you have already been to college or university, and this is a career path switch, you might not be able to afford to undergo another course, but thankfully, this will not stop you from breaking into the industry. That being said, a high school diploma or passing grades will help you get a job in some areas, such as a theatre.
There are so many videos on YouTube and blogs that have been created to share the magic of makeup, many of which can be used to self-teach not only the basics but even some professional mastery. It is incredible what we can teach ourselves with the help of others free from the internet, and many videos are addressed to those who are just starting out, giving valuable base advice for those who want to try it themselves.
There are some incredible ‘self-taught from scratch’ makeup artists out there and some excellent resources that can be used wherever you are, with whatever you have. Invest in some products from a theatre makeup store, to begin with, and then teach yourself everything you need and want to know and create a portfolio. This will give you something to showcase your talent to theatres to secure you a place! You could also practice on others doing pop-ups such as face painting for children and adults to get your name out there!
If you do have a desire to gain a qualification in theatre makeup, there are so many to choose from. It is worth thinking about what area you would like to specialize in, such as special effects etc., before you jump to undertaking a qualification. Try and get some experience in each area you are interested in to help you make a decision.