The Power of Networking with Your Peers

I was recently told by an artist they didn’t feel like our networking events were working for them because it was “just a bunch of Makeup Artists standing around staring at each other.” Yes we are a network of Makeup Artists and if you attend one of our events you will find yourself in a room full of your peers. I think the real problem isn’t that our networking events are filled with a room full of other artists. I think the issue is that Hair & Makeup Artists are under the misconception that all fellow artists are just their competition. But here are the hard facts: most of your work is going to come from other artists.

1. Film & Television Hair/Makeup Artists work in crews and that crew has a department head or a key that will hire you (not the producer).
2. Makeup Artists often bring the hairstylist onto a project (and vice versa) so take the time to network with them.
3. Network with more established artists (they often need an assistant or extra person on a job).
4. There are many times I am unable to do a job and I pass off work to other artists I know and trust with my clients.

Networking is sometimes an uncomfortable thing. It forces you to step outside of your comfort zone and introduce yourself to strangers. It’s not that networking with your peers doesn’t work because it does. It usually isn’t working because either you feel too awkward to introduce yourself or you feel intimidated by other artists. Or maybe it’s not working for you because you just don’t know how to network.

1. You have to feel confident enough to introduce yourself to others.
2. Don’t be afraid to tell them what you do and ask to trade work with them.
3. Don’t just give someone your card and expect they will magically call you. You have to ask for their card, make a note on the back about where you met, and take the time to follow-up with them.
4. Don’t just keep bugging people for work. Take the time to build the relationship with them over a period of time (lunch, dinner, drinks, event invites).

If networking with your peers isn’t working for you then I would reevaluate your approach. Start by building your networking of peers with a group of five people. Pass off a job with one or two of them and see what starts to happen. I’m sure you will start to see your jobs increase. And if you don’t, you need a new network of artists (either ones who are working or know how to network). Take these steps and your career will turn a corner, I promise.

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September 6, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Hair & Makeup Jobs, Hair & Makeup Marketing, Networking, Party Event, Working as a Hair or Makeup Artist. Leave a comment.

It Pays To Give Back!

As you all may know, we recently teamed up with the United Breast Cancer Foundation to provide a day of pampering for women affected by breast cancer. Well, I’m proud to announce that our event made it into Makeup Artist Magazine!
Not only is our goal to provide fantastic networking opportunities, we believe in the importance of giving back to the community.

Future events in Los Angeles include our International Entertainment Networking Dinner as well as the opening Gala for the Los Angeles International Film Festival. Our international event will be a definite don’t miss event:

East Meets West!

Bring Your Business Cards, It’s Going To Be An Incredible Night!

Featuring Guest Speaker…
Television Makeup Department Head Jori Jenae

Jori has been working in the entertainment industry for over 20 years. She has been the makeup department head for hit shows such as:”Eastwick”, “House M.D.”, “Boston Legal, “The Cleaner”, “The Practice”, as well as many others.

Topic: Creating a lasting career in the entertainment industry, getting hired on a series, and being a department head on a hit show.

Speaking engagement will be followed by networking with actors, filmmakers, stylists, agents, and guest artists all the way from Japan.

$25 for Non- Members
(special rates for members)

Admission includes appetizers, full dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, as well as cocktails by Hypnotic and Pama Liqueur.

Event sponsored by
http://www.naimies.com

Must RSVP by Jan. 28th (limited space so don’t wait)

Call 323 913 9375 for reservations

Michelle Lee
Makeup Maverick
www.hmartistsnetwork.com
www.mymakeupart.com

January 6, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Hair & Makeup Jobs, Hair & Makeup Marketing, Networking, Party Event, Working as a Hair or Makeup Artist. Leave a comment.

What Is Your New Year’s Resolution?

It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by. This year will be my 10th year living in Los Angeles. It’s true, things have been rough out there. I think now is the time to step back from everything and rethink your career in 2010. Ultimately, where do you want your career to take you? Once you have decided that then you can start to formulate a plan of attack:

1. Ask yourself where do you want to be five years from now or ten years? Do you want to be with an agency in join the union?

2. Decide what it is you are really great at doing and what do you want to be most known for in your industry – from there you can start to brand yourself

3. Create career goals for yourself on a monthly and yearly basis that will help you get to where you want to be much faster

4. Create a budget for yourself and stick to it. Once you understand what your living expenses are then you can figure out how much money you can afford to spend on self-promotion.

5. Do some research on the on what economic trends can impact your profession. This may seem boring but its better to know and be prepared rather than be a struggling artist

6. Don’t forget to include networking into your budget – it can be your biggest promotion tool as a freelancer

7. Diversify your income. Don’t rely solely on your craft for income

The saying goes, “If you fail to plan then you can plan to fail.” All successful business are well thought out so plan things well. If this is all overwhelming to you, then you should consider getting a career consultant. The Hair & Makeup Artist Network has consultants to help you will all aspects of your career. Whether it’s help with self promotion, career strategy, or branding and publicity, we can help.

To start the new year out right visit: http://www.hmartistsnetwork.com or call 323 913 9375.

Michelle Lee
Makeup Maverick
http://www.hmartistsnetwork.com
http://www.mymakeupart.com

December 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Hollywood Hair & Makeup Artists Give Back!

Microsoft Word - About UBCF and FAQ.docI’ve been working as a Makeup Artist for nearly fifteen years now, and most of what I do is pamper other people. I think it’s good karma to be of service to other people. I was just working with 70’s sensation,Yvonne Elliman over the weekend and she told me something that really resonated with me. I was asking her if she still kept in touch with her castmates from “Jesus Christ Superstar” and she said, “No, we all just seem to somehow go back to our own lives, but she read somewhere that Ben Vereen mentioned if he was ever stranded on an island somewhere, he would want it to be with her.” I said, “Wow, that’s a great testament to you and how you can touch someone’s life that much without realizing it.” The point is, Yvonne hasn’t really seen Ben Vereen that much over the past few years, but he still remembers her with warm regards. Yvonne didn’t even realize that she left that much of an impression on him, but she did touch his life.

You can make a difference in someone’s life with just a small gesture and this gesture can stay with a person for a lifetime. For this reason, The Hair & Makeup Network has teamed up with the United Breast Cancer Foundation to provide a day of pampering to low income women afflicted with breast cancer. Details are as follows:

Sunday October 25th 2009

Mothership Salon: 6111 5th Street Los Angeles, CA 90048
12pm to 4:30pm – 50 women will be receiving haircuts, makeup, and massages
6:30pm to 9:30pm – Pink Carpet Cocktail Reception
Cocktails Provided by Pama Liqueur and Appetizers Provided by Trader Joes
Surprise Celebrity Guests are Expected to Attend
Tickets are $50 (1/2 of the proceeds go to the charity)
Silent Auction will be held. 100% of the silent auction proceeds benefit the foundation.

To RSVP or donate- call 323 913 9375

We will also be needing volunteers for the event!

Michelle Lee
Makeup Maverick
http://www.hmartistsnetwork.com
http://www.mymakeupart.com

September 29, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.