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Makeup Artist Assistant - TV/Film

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Works alongside the Makeup Artist to apply make-up and style hair for anyone appearing in front of a camera or a live audience.


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The Make-up Artist breaks down the script in order to work to the make-up budget and schedule for the production.  
 
The Assistant works under the instruction of the chief Make-up Artist. The Make-up Artist might delegate to the Assistant work such as administration and paperwork related to the department. The Make-up Artist briefs the Assistant Make-up Artist on the type of make-up required then schedules and assigns personnel to certain actors and/or extras. The Make-up Artist would usually attend to the principal actors and assign an Assistant to minor cast members and extras, depending on the size of the cast involved in the production.  
 
The Assistant Make-up Artist would see to the make-up requirements of crowds in any scene. The work involves applying all make-up to actors' faces and bodies as required. The make-up may need to be touched up between takes. If it is a period production, the style and type of make-up used at the time must be researched. The work may include helping the chief Make-up Artist in building, applying and removing prosthetic make-up; "ageing" actors; creating or concealing scars, burns and wounds and applying facial hair. The work involved for the Assistant Make-up Artist depends on the nature of the script.  
 
The make-up department works closely with the hairdressing, costume and wardrobe departments, taking account of the requirements of each. The work includes consideration of hygiene, skin problems and allergies that actors may have.


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Confer with stage or motion picture officials and performers in order to determine desired effects.

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Duplicate work precisely in order to replicate characters' appearances on a daily basis.

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Establish budgets, and work within budgetary limits.

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Apply makeup to enhance, and/or alter the appearance of people appearing in productions such as movies.

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Alter or maintain makeup during productions as necessary to compensate for lighting changes or to achieve continuity of effect.

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Select desired makeup shades from stock, or mix oil, grease, and coloring in order to achieve specific color effects.

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Cleanse and tone the skin in order to prepare it for makeup application.

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Assess performers' skin-type in order to ensure that make-up will not cause break-outs or skin irritations.

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Analyze a script, noting events that affect each character's appearance, so that plans can be made for each scene.

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Requisition or acquire needed materials for special effects, including wigs, beards, and special cosmetics.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others: Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Fine Arts: Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


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Management of Financial Resources: Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Assistant Make-Up Artists should have an out-going personality and cheerful disposition. They should like working and meeting with people.  
 
You will usually see the performers, personalities and guests just before they are needed on set or stage, when they are likely to be nervous or irritable. Therefore, you will need to put them at their ease and cope with any stress. This requires a mature and even temperament, tact, diplomacy and endless patience.  
 
You will need to be reasonably fit. Working on location can be physically strenuous and you will spend a lot of time on your feet, sometimes in the outdoors in bad weather. You also need a very accurate eye and good colour vision for colour matching. You need good hand skills and a steady hand to apply make-up.


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