I have chosen this career because it is already something I do as a hobby. I enjoy doing makeup and would consider pursuing the career of a makeup artist. I also chose this career to learn more about it.
During the process of researching this essay I expect to learn basic information about this career and have a better understanding of it in general. I expect to have a more accurate idea about the career and daily work life of a makeup artist. As a makeup artist, I would manipulate the appearance of, put makeup on, change the face shape of, and bring out the natural physical features of actors, models, and various other individuals.
I would use creams, gels, powders, and prosthetics to accomplish this. The minimum education to become a makeup artist is a certificate or license. The maximum is a two year training program at a cosmetology school.
There are in between six months and two years of training depending on how much training you want to undergo and what program you choose. These programs typically cost between $5,000 and $20,000. These programs typically take place at cosmetology school but on-the-job training is also helpful. In order to go to a cosmetology school, you must have a high school diploma and a GED. In order to become a makeup artist, you need to have a variety of skills, talents, and personality traits. These include, but are not limited to, creativity, attention for detail, be good at manipulating faces using many different mediums, and the ability to work under pressure.
You also must be willing to work well under pressure for long hours and a willingness to work hard. You can gain experience by experimenting using makeup on yourself or others. You may also gain experience by training under a professional or doing makeup at a local theater. I qualify for this career because I am creative, enjoy the career, can work under pressure, and can put my mind to things that I am passionate about. I am willing to work long hours and have an attention to detail. I work hard for things I love and am fairly good at learning new hands-on skills. The standard beginning wage for this job in the United States is $17.06 per hour.
In South Dakota, the average beginning average wage is $31,602. This is particularly low compared to bigger, more populous states such as New York and California who have a beginning annual salary of $50,590 per year. The average maximum in South Dakota is $42,000 per year while the average maximum in more populous areas is between $78,250 and $103,620. Where you are hired, how long you work, and how much work you are responsible for are all factors that affect the amount of money you earn.
Being a movie makeup artist can be expensive, especially when you are just getting started and have to pay for your own makeup. In addition to paying for the products and applicators you use, you may also have to pay for transportation to movie sets, theaters, stores, or remote filming locations. Schooling is another large cost when it comes to being a makeup artist. You can finance these costs by getting a cosmetology scholarship or making brand deals with makeup companies to lessen the cost of products and brushes. Sometimes, movie companies will pay for transportation and the products you use as well. There are usually no benefits or health factors involved when it comes to being a makeup artist. This is largely due to the fact that contracts are very short. Infections and sickness from makeup or customers is the most common health issue when it comes to being a makeup artist.
When you are a movie makeup artist, you have the opportunity to meet new people or travel to new places. You can receive discounts on makeup and potentially meet celebrities. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for makeup artists is supposed to rise 19% from 2014 to 2024. The amount of movies being made, the amount of cosmetics stores, and the number of people going to cosmetology school all affect the availability of jobs in this field.