Lizzie’s Story:

This summer we were fortunate enough to be offered some time working in London as trainees on Tim Burton’s live action remake of the classic Disney film ‘Dumbo’. Veronica was already working as one of the makeup artists in the Crowd Room, and when vacancies came up for new trainees, she immediately recommended us.

This is what is so good about Veronica’s MAKUP Academy, not only is the training of the highest standard, but she is still working in the industry and has so many contacts.

Obviously, our week was very intense, with a lot of running around and making sure all the makeup artists had everything they needed, as they were working non-stop for hours on end.

Furthermore, we organised the extras, allocating them to different artists, took continuity photos, made fitting sheets, cleaned work stations, swept, washed up, prepared hot flannels and all of the other duties a trainee would expect including:

1. Wig blocking
2. Preparing hot towels
3. Getting ready for set duty
4. Finding supporting artists’ fitting sheets
5. Covering tattoos
6. Decanting makeup products
7. Sweeping up after hair cutting
8. Tiding busy make-up stations
9. Office work
10. Breakfast runs


Fortunately, none of this came as much of a surprise, as Veronica taught us all of these things on the course, along with how to conduct ourselves in such a high energy professional environment (see Veronica’s blog post, here). We have definitely learnt a lot in our time working on the film – particularly that organisation is key. Also, you need to learn and remember what everyone likes and preempt what they need, in order for their days to run as smoothly as possible.
Moreover, we have absolutely loved our time on this film, it was a lovely team of make up artists and we couldn’t have asked for a better first film experience. We want to say a massive thank you to the team for being so friendly and welcoming, and also to Veronica for giving us this opportunity, believing in us and giving us the best training to prepare us for the job. We hope we have done her proud

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