When you’re reading the following situation, I want you to really think about what I’m about to say. Imagine it. And think about how you would feel if you were in this situation.
You’ve done it! You’ve bagged an interview for you ultimate dream job. Something you’ve daydreamed about for years. You’ve strived, worked menial jobs and did what you had to do until now…but this…wow. The interview is going really well. You get on with your new boss already. He’s clearly going to be a great leader, but he seems fair, kind and quite funny too. You’ve even met some of the staff and they’re a fantastic team! Back in the interview room, the boss is super impressed. You pretty much know you’ve got the job at this point. It comes down to talking shop now.
“So…we really love you and want to take you on,” he begins. You try to reign in the urge to jump on the desk and dance to celebrate. “Here’s the thing. There’s just no budget for you. But it’s a great opportunity. It’s fantastic exposure and there will be paid work in the future. It’s just right now, we’re working on a super low budget, I’m afraid. You’ll be expected to work to the best of your ability, and put your own money into your projects. And you need to supply everything you use yourself.”
What would you say to that?
You might be thinking – that’s ridiculous. There’s no jobs like that.
The weird thing about being an artist, and pretty much everyone else in the same industry, is you’re just expected to give your time and talent for nothing. The weirder thing is…I do it. I love makeup artistry so much, and although I’ve fallen into it a bit later than a lot of people, I am just so in love with it and now can’t imagine my life without it.
I’m not talking about test shooting by the way. That’s different. Everyone’s working for their portfolio and that’s great! I love testing. I’m talking about other things. Fashion shows, magazine shoots, film, television, music video, etc etc. For some reason, there usually seems to be “no budget” for the makeup, hair, stylist and so on. BBC say the fashion industry is worth £23 Billion.
Here’s a fact for you. I’ve been doing this for near enough a year now. I’ve made £75. My kit, if I added it up, is probably in the thousands.
I’m not complaining. I do love being a makeup artist. I’m just trying to open people’s eyes to how we as an industry are being treated. And I hope people read this and maybe, if they’re ever in a situation where they need to hire someone, they’ll think twice about what they’re willing to pay.