A Southern California-based beauty, education, and staffing expert offers her advice to those considering a career in makeup artistry.
By Christina M. Kane
Deciding on a career as a hair, makeup or fashion stylist can be life changing, but understanding the necessary steps along your chosen path is all-important at the outset.
Breaking into this competitive business requires talent, a passion for, and knowledge of, color and tone, and an objective eye for fashion and style. While careers in this industry may seem glamorous and exciting, it is important to remember that this is a demanding area of business just like any other. Assuming that you have what it takes, you can get started on your way to a satisfactory career – as well as earning a significant rate of pay - as soon as you have a little experience and a good portfolio.
GET TO KNOW THE BUSINESS
Regardless of your skills, it is important to understand the various aspects of the industry in order to decide on the area that is right for you. There are several disciplines, and while some of them overlap, a lot of areas are quite specialized. Artists should start by carefully examining the area of the business that attracts and excites them. Some budding artists we meet want to work specifically in daytime soap operas, for example, while others find themselves involved with feature films or other areas of television work. Many artists work for magazines, television commercials, or high-fashion runway shows, some with celebrities and alongside high-profile photographers. Some adventurous and artistically creative artists specialize in special effects, creating the incredible creative images that we see in movies and on TV everyday.
Whatever your aspirations, your advancement is possible once you have become familiar with the different career choices available. The next step is to have access to the critical tools of your trade, and to gain the required knowledge to utilize them...
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