How Do I Jump Start My Hair or Makeup Career?

So you just got out of school, so now what???? Starting any new career may seem overwhelming. That’s especially true when starting a career in fashion or entertainment. The competition is tough and to be successful you really need an entrepreneurial spirit. This means you have to understand how to self-promote. It isn’t an industry where you can just go onto job boards like Monster and apply for a job. You must advertise your services like a new business and network, network, network!

When I started my career as a Makeup Artist an entire fifteen years ago, I was living on the east coast in Virginia. In Virgina, it was easy starting out. I was the only Makeup Artist in the area with any formal training. This alone gave me the competitive edge. In Virginia, I just sent out resumes and followed up with a phone call. The local production companies took my calls because they didn’t have a lot of Hair or Makeup Artists calling them. The funny thing is that I didn’t even have a strong resume because I was fresh out of makeup school.

It wasn’t until I moved to Los Angeles ten years ago where realized I really had to work a lot harder to get the job. No one here cares if you have training because most people here do. In this market, its not about what you can do so much as what you have already done. In other words, it will be your portfolio or resume that will get you the job here. However, in order for you to get the job, you must know people who will actually be willing to look at your work. For every one makeup artist submitting for a position in L.A., there must be at least another 100 people with the same skills applying too. What will give you the edge is networking. You have to keep calling people, asking for a meeting, and asking everyone you know for a referral. Join every networking organization you can afford to like Women in Film, Film Independent, or The Hair & Makeup Artist Network, and attend all their events you can. The objective is to get people to know who you are, and once you have done that, don’t be afraid to ask for referrals.

If you are new to this industry or even new to this town, I suggest you try assisting to as many experienced professionals as you can. The reality is that Spielberg won’t be knocking down your door just because you finished school or rolled into town. There are plenty of experienced professionals that you have a lot to benefit from by assisting them. This is the best place to begin and it all starts with networking.

For more information on networking opportunities visit www.hmartistsnetwork.com or check out our latest upcoming event at http://losangeles.olx.com/international-fashion-entertainment-networking-event-iid-68353392

Michelle Lee
Makeup Maverick
www.hmartistsnetwork.com

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January 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Hair & Makeup Jobs, Hair & Makeup Marketing, Networking, Working as a Hair or Makeup Artist. Leave a comment.