How to Break into the Film and Theatre Make-Up Industry

I don’t think there’s anyone who hasn’t secretly romanticised about getting into the film, theatre, or television industry. I mean, what’s not to like. Not only do you get to make celebrities, presenters, and models look flawless and fabulous, but you also get to travel to exotic locations and earn great money, all while doing something creative and fun.

In an economy that feels like it’s sinking, the South African film, theatre, and television industry is still going strong. South Africa is a serious player that has over the years produced and shot hundreds of films and productions. Make-up artistry jobs are far from scarce in this industry.

Essential to the TV, film, theatre, and fashion industry, make-up artists can have a lucrative career with many local and international opportunities. Basically, this is a career where you get paid top dollar to make models look flawless, presenters look polished, and actors look like a better, younger, or older version of themselves. Now, who wouldn’t want a job like that!

While the good news is that make-up artistry is in high demand, the bad news is that it is a highly competitive industry. But don’t let that stand in your way. What this means is that if you want to stand out from the rest, then you need to have the best training behind you. Yes, in the film and theatre industry, it’s not who you know, but how well you can do the job.

How to Become a Professional Make-Up Artist

Make-up is a multibillion-dollar industry that keeps expanding with new and better products, tools, and techniques each year. Film and theatre make-up is an art and science. It’s not just about slapping on a quality foundation, some lipstick, eye shadow, blusher, and false lashes. Film and theatre make-up is about special effects. It’s all about artistically changing and modifying faces. While a creative flair, practical ability, and the latest fashion and beauty trends and tricks will get your foot in the door, if you really want to break into this industry, you need to enrol in the right film and theatre make-up course.

We Are South Africa’s Leading Make-Up Artistry Experts

We are celebrating our 52nd year as South Africa’s leading make-up experts and have received the accolade as a “Centre of Excellence”. Our makeup artistry school has not only been highly praised by the international awarding body for health and skincare (PAB), but we are also proud to be accredited internationally by SETA, ITEC, City & Guilds, and CIDESCO. What this means is that a film and theatre make-up accreditation from our academy means you have been trained by the best and can find work anywhere locally and internationally.

At Face to Face Beauty & Make-up Design School, we offer the most prestigious full-time and part-time film and theatre make-up courses, which will ensure employment both nationally or internationally. We can teach you all there is to know about fashion, bridal, special effects, film and theatre make-up, and more. Visit our campus in Parktown, Johannesburg on the 4th of November and find out why we are the best in the industry.

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