Becoming a Theatre, Commercial, and Film Industry Make-Up Artist
Lights, camera, and action! Are you someone who loves the spotlight, but also love the idea of working in the spotlight? Yes, we mean the fashion, commercial, and movie industries. Essential to the TV, film, theatre, and fashion world, fantasy make-up artists, also known as special effects artists, make models look like zombies, brides look amazing, and actors look anything but themselves. If you’re a natural and think you’ve got what it takes to land yourself in the spotlight, then a behind-the-scenes career as a fashion, theatre, commercial, or movie make-up artist might be just the thing for you.
To a Fantasy Make-Up Artist, Anything is Possible
First and foremost, a fantasy make-up artist ensures that actors are camera-ready. They are responsible for helping the writers and directors tell the story. The hours are crazy, and you’ll spend most of your day and night mimicking effects that range from period drama make-up, ageing, bruises, wounds, and other injuries that require elaborate fantasy prosthetics. Fantasy make-up artists certainly have their jobs cut out for them. But it’s not all work, work, and more work. This is a very exciting and lucrative career with many local and international opportunities.
As a country in the business of making movies that cost half as much as they look, South Africa’s film and commercial industry is thriving, with both local and international production companies using local resources and hiring local crews. There has never been a more exciting time to get into special effects than right now.
This is a career where you get paid top dollar, and get to travel and expand your creative skills, if you have the passion, creativity, and drive, and are up to date with all the latest fashion-forward make-up styles and trends. But, most importantly, if you have the talent, then you need to look at the renowned and highly respected special effects fantasy short and long courses at Face to Face Beauty & Make-up Design School in Johannesburg.
Situated in Parktown in Johannesburg, we’re proud to have been awarded a grading of the highest order, “A School of Excellence”, by the professional awarding body for health and skincare (PAB). We offer internationally recognised and highly accredited qualifications in accordance with SETA, CIDESCO, ITEC, and City & Guilds, and a visit to our exclusive academy will showcase one of the most well-equipped beauty and make-up schools in South Africa. Contact us today.