Do You Wonder How C.G.I. Will Effect The Art Of Makeup?

It seems that C.G.I is taking over the makeup world. You see movies like Avatar, Clash of the Titans, and even the new Star Wars where the creature characters are created in post rather than a makeup effects house. Some people say that special effects makeup is a dying art, others say it is just evolving into a new partnership between the effects artist and the graphic artist. I recently got the pleasure of working with John Slowsky the preproduction Art Director from Lord of the Rings and his vantage point was very interesting. According to Mr. Slowsky, makeup artists are not excluded in the digital creature creation process.

So what exactly is does a preproduction Art Director do? Well, that person is responsible for creating the overall look and feel of the film. They literally create the style guide for the on set Art Director and crew to follow. So essentially, that person is key in the creation process which results in the finished product we see in the theaters. John Slowly is not only the visionary behind the design of films like Van Helsing, The Incredible Hulk, and The Lord of the Rings, he has been around since the dawn of the computer graphics revolution and he is an expert on what role Makeup Artists will play in film making in the world of C.G.I..

Please join us Monday April 19th to meet John Slowsky and find out more about how makeup and computer graphics work together in this new age of film production. For details about this event visit: http://hmartistsnetwork.com/events.

Michelle Lee
Makeup Maverick
www.hmartistsnetwork.com

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April 9, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Hair & Makeup Jobs, Hair & Makeup Marketing, Networking, Working as a Hair or Makeup Artist. Leave a comment.

Stop Being Lazy & Start Networking!

I’m always amazed at the small turn out of Hair & Makeup Artists at our networking events. As you all my know, we co-hosted the opening night red carpet gala for the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival. The event was a huge success! There must have been over 300 people at our event (most of which were filmmakers). Attendees included Sprague Hayden (24), Ileana Douglas, and Director Cheryl Hines. There had to have been over 200 filmmakers presents providing hair & makeup artists with optimum networking opportunity. Still the turn our for hair & makeup artists were low. I really don’t understand the mentality of today’s young professionals. There really seems to be this strange sense of entitlement with our peer group. It’s as if they expect that the work will just fall into their laps, or they believe that getting an agent will solve their problems. Agents certainly help, but there is not substitution for self-promotion. I have talked to agents and top artists alike, and the response is always the same. Agents from both Celestine and The Rex Agency have told me that an agent can only do so much. It would make their job easier if the artist would continue to network. I know an artist at Cloutier Agency who tells me that she needs to self-promote because her agency is only pushing the top artists.

People tell us that they would join our network if they could get work out of it. Our response is always the same. We are not an agency. We are a networking organization. Our job is to provide you with the tools for success by putting you in the same room with producers, directors, filmmakers like Cheryl Hines, and other celebrities so you can promote yourself. However, the work will not come to you unless you show up and participate. Ninety nine percent of all success if just showing up. If you are looking for a hand-out in this business, or if you are sitting around waiting for the phone to ring, you are in the wrong industry. You are self-employed which means it is up to you to bring in the clients. Job referrals will always come from people who know and like you, but that will never happen if you don’t get off the couch and build the relationship yourself. This is not an industry where you can just join a website and the work will start poring in. You must take control over your career and put some real effort into it if you want to be successful. So stop being lazy, stop waiting for the phone to ring, and start networking! For more information on our organization or networking events visit:

http://hmartistsnetwork.com/

http://hmartistsnetwork.com/events

Photos from our Red Carpet Gala:

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

April 2, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Hair & Makeup Jobs, Hair & Makeup Marketing, Networking, Party Event, Working as a Hair or Makeup Artist. Leave a comment.

Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival

You should know by now that we host monthly networking event for Hair & Makeup Artists. This month we have teamed up with the Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival to provide you with an opportunity to meet filmmakers. The festival has been in operation for over six years and is host to hundreds of filmmakers each year. This year we are co-hosting and organizing both the opening night red carpet gala and the closing night party. These events are expected to have over 200 filmmakers in attendance providing you with an opportunity to build relationships and a stronger client base. So please join us Friday March 26th and April 1st for our big gala events both starting at 8:30. This year director Cheryl Hines and Jennifer Tilly are expected to attend the opening night of the festival. For more information or to purchase tickets call us at 323 913 9375. Also be sure to check out our upcoming events:

April 19, 2010 – Networking Dinner with art director from Lord of the Rings Jon Slowsky
June 2010 – Networking Dinner with guest speaker celebrity photographer Stewart Volland
July 2010 – Networking Dinner with guest speaker television director and television icon Anson Williams
August 2010 – Networking Dinner with guest speaker fx artist Edward French

For more information on these events visit: www.hmartistsnetwork.com/networking_events

Michelle Lee
Makeup Maverick
www.hmartistsnetwork.com

March 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Hair & Makeup Jobs, Hair & Makeup Marketing, Networking, Party Event, Working as a Hair or Makeup Artist. Leave a comment.

Reinvent Yourself In 2010

I was on set this morning and the caterer all of people made a very valid point about creating an image in Hollywood. I know that it may sound strange that the caterer was handing out advice on self-image, but she used to manage top recording artists in her early days in Hollywood. As the caterer and I talked, she gently pointed out how she was surprised I was the makeup artist for the shoot because I was “dressed down”. She said, “she usually sees the celebrity makeup artists dressed like a million bucks.” I could have take offense if I didn’t already know that she was right. For as long as I have been in Los Angeles I have been dressing for comfort and not for style. I guess it has been a combination of being lazy and heavily influenced by my super casual surroundings. In Hollywood, people wear jeans and flip flops every where they go! It astounds me that people show up to movie premieres wearing jeans rather than a dress. Where did the glamor go in Hollywood? I guess I can’t really talk because I have been doing what everyone else has been doing. I forget that if you want to work with the celebrities and their people you have to also look the part. It was suggested to me that I take sometime in 2010 to reinvent myself and my image if I want to attract better clients. Now, I never show up looking like what the cat dragged in but I do dress for comfort. I was told that I should take some time add some more style to my wardrobe and add some highlights to my hair. It may sound strange, but this is Los Angeles where image is everything. And if you want to run with the movers and shakers, you have to look like them as well. It may sound crazy but I know this personal Makeup Artist for a well know dance show. She dresses to the nines every time I see her. Her hair is perfect and she always looks hot, but more importantly she works all the time! So maybe there is something to be said about creating an image for yourself by the way you show up dressed to work. It certainly is something to consider when you are out networking in this town. So I suggest we take the artist manager turned caterers advice and reinvent ourselves in 2010. Think about where you want your career to be and project an image that will make you stand out. After all your image is your brand!

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

February 18, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Hair & Makeup Jobs, Hair & Makeup Marketing, Networking, Working as a Hair or Makeup Artist. 1 comment.

So How Will Going To A Networking Event Benefit Me?

I think I have actually heard all the networking stories and excuses. People have asked me, “So what exactly is a networking event, a party?” Or I have heard excuses of, “Oh I’ve gone to networking events and nothing happened.” Once a person called about one of our events asking, “If they thought if was worth it because they had gone to a Chamber of Commerce meeting once and she didn’t get any work out of it.”

So here is the answer about networking and networking events: what you get out of it is what you put into it. Yes, most of the time it is a cocktail party, but the people who attend the functions are there to connect will other people they can do business with. Networking events are not a a one time magic fix to your career. It is something you do in order to build relationship with other people. As we all know, great relationships don’t form over night. You have to build them over time. Our goal at The Hair & Makeup Artist Network is simply just give you the opportunity to meet people. What happens after that is totally up to you. Most people in this town think that they will just get an agent and their problems will be fixed. That isn’t necessarily true. Frank Moore, from the Celestine once told me, “It would make his job a lot easier if his artists would continue to network.” The job of self-promotion cannot just be on the shoulders of the agent. You are in charge of your career path in the end and it is you who must build the bridge with clients, agent or no agent.

He are the top ten mistakes artists make in attending networking events:

1. Not bothering to go
2. Showing up to an event with a friend and only talking to your friend all night
3. Not asking for the person you are talking to for their business card
4. Drinking too much at an event and leaving a bad impression on the people you meet
5. Not bothering to network with your peers as well as directors and producers (you peers can be a huge referral source)
6. Only listening to the guest speaker and leaving
7. Not remembering to bring business cards
8. Not bothering to continue to follow up with people you have met at a event
9. Only attending one or two events and deciding it isn’t going to work for you
10. Deciding you are above everyone in the room (you never know who is connected to who and how they might help you down the road)

I would say the number one reason that networking events don’t work for people is that they don’t follow up with who they have met. All of my guest speakers have come from my networking efforts. If it wasn’t for me being a member of Women In Film, I wouldn’t have ever met our publicity class instructor, Judy Sandra or Actress Sharon Lawrence. Sharon has not only been a guest speaker, she had referred me to other artists and helped out at our UBCF event. Networking events do work but not over night. You have to show up and follow up.

For more information on our organization visit www.hmartistsnetwork.com or attend our February 1st industry mixer http://losangeles.olx.com/international-fashion-entertainment-networking-event-iid-68353392.

Michelle Lee
Makeup Maverick
www.hmartistsnetwork.com

January 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Hair & Makeup Jobs, Hair & Makeup Marketing, Networking, Party Event, Working as a Hair or Makeup Artist. 2 comments.

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

January 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Hair & Makeup Jobs, Hair & Makeup Marketing, Networking, 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.