I have just spent 5 very hard, but amazing, weeks on Tim Burton’s live action remake of the classic Disney film ‘Dumbo’ as a paid trainee makeup artist. It has given me such an in-depth insight into the career that I have trained for.
We were in the makeup marquee by 5.30 every morning and worked up to 14 hours per day. There were 80 MakeUp Artists and approximately 21 trainees in total.
I did a variety of tasks such styling men’s hair, assisting the makeup artists with rollers, cleaning brushes and keeping their work space clean and tidy. But, more importantly, being on set and getting involved with doing checks.
What was particularly rewarding was when the MakeUp Artists would use any spare time to share their knowledge with demonstrations of skills and techniques. Even the most senior MUA would confirm that you can always learn. This generous sharing of their experience and expertise meant that we, as trainees, were constantly upskilling.
It was so exiting to be in this busy environment and put into practice the set etiquette we were taught at the MAKUP academy. It also consolidated all the learning I accumulated at the MAKUP academy and made me realise how high the standard of Veronica’s training truly is.
It’s been great getting to know the makeup artists and to see them in action. It truly is inspiring and have gained so much knowledge and many tips while working on the job.
I can’t thank Veronica and the MAKUP agency enough for this brilliant opportunity.
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