Chief Make-Up Artist
"The Hair and Make-up Department is responsible for the design, application, continuity and care of hair and make-up during feature film production. They are a key component in the overall design of a film."
Employer: AL JAZEERA
Industry: Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Digital Media
Job Role: Chief Hairdressers acting as Heads of Department break down the script: working out hair styles for each character, assessing whether wigs need to be made or hired, and carrying out research into the production's time period. They present their initial ideas to the Director, Chief Make–up Artist, Production and Costume Designers. Having created individual designs, they make sure that Actors are comfortable with their look, note any allergies or sensitivities and report them to appropriately qualified personnel.
Experience: Experienced personnel who have worked in the film and/or television industries for a minimum of 10 years. They may work in feature films, commercials, fashion and/or television, or they may specialise in one of these areas. Chief Hairdressers should be experienced in designing, making and dressing wigs.
Hours: You would often work long and irregular hours, depending on the needs of the job. You may begin work in the early morning long before filming begins, or work in the evenings for live TV, theatre or concerts.
You could work in TV or film studios, theatres, or in temporary buildings and vehicles on location. You would be on your feet for several hours a day. Location work could be anywhere in the UK or overseas, so you may need to travel and stay away from home regularly, sometimes for long periods.
You would be expected to build up your own make-up kit and take it to each job.
Pay: usually work on a freelance basis and are paid a fee for each contract. Rates can vary and will usually depend on the type of production you are working on. For example, a make-up artist working a 10-hour day on a TV drama could expect to earn around £210.