Stand-in MUA for the Morning

I stood in for Karin Shoji today on a shoot for a local hospital. The filming is for an information DVD which I think gets given to patients who are about to have surgery (from what I heard the presenter saying ;-) ). I did natural make-up for four people, each with different skin tones and features, then Karin arrived to take over and continue for the rest of the day. I’m pretty sure there were more people to be done later in the day as well whom Karin will be looking after.

All in all I learnt a few things, received another call-sheet (which are good to use as proof of working status to get memberships and discounts, etc), I got to use some of my new products (Mehron Touch Up Anti-Shine for example) and my confidence is growing.

I also got to use my new make-up belt which I bought second hand but is in great condition (I love Craigslist! ;-) ) It’s a MAC brush belt which obviously looks good but it is really functional too and holds all the things I need it to hold! I do like the convenience of a belt, but having to look passed my (reasonably sized) chest to see what brush I’m picking out is a bit of a pain, haha! A belt definately saves on bench space which can be an issue on set, but given the option, I think I prefer having everything laid out in front of me on a table/work bench as this way everything is in sight. Maybe if I hang the belt over a shoulder and wear it like a bag it might feel a bit better for me, what do you think? I’ve seen other MUA’s wear it that way.

Pre Shoot Practice

I met up with Damian from Minor Moguls and the two female leads for a little make-up practice to figure out which make-up styles we are going to do for the characters.

I won’t tell you what we decided (you’ll have to wait and see), I just wanted to say how nice it was to have a quick practice and to meet some of the crew before we actually start. At least this way we got to have a bit of a chat and get to know a little of what each person thinks about their characters and how they expect them to look, etc.

I think I went well prepared, with face charts that I had made specifically for each character, a load of tear sheets from magazines and some images on my laptop to give ideas and inspiration. There are a few things that I want to pick up before we actually start shooting (should begin next month) but I’m happy with what I currently have. I think I have a nice range of products and from here on in its a case of buying various types of products (creams, liquids, water-based, etc) so that I have options in case people react badly to certain ingredients. I want to make sure that I have a small range of natural products too, such as Korres products, for those discerning customers. Maybe some vegan friendly stuff too, just in case, as Vancouverites do seem to be animal lovers in general. Speaking of which, I don’t know if you know this but ELF (eyeslipsface) are vegan friendly! I emailed them to check and all their makeup is vegan friendly, it’s only some of their brushes and tools that may not be (check before you buy if it’s an issue for you).

Really looking forward to this next project, especially since it will be my first feature film :-)

I can work with Minor Mogul after all! Yay!

I was able to contact Damian and let him know that we are able to stay and that I can work on his feature film after all if he still wants me. He said he does, yay!

Hopefully we’ll be able to meet up one evening this week and talk about what he’s after with regards to the characters make-up looks. We discussed it a little at our first meeting and I’ve created some looks on face charts and piled together some tear-sheets from magazines of looks that I think would work well for what he’s after.

Lets see what’s decided :-)

Intensive Filming! Minor Moguls! Dance Troupe Make-Up!

Last weekend was taken up with filming a short promo video for an American charity.

I was the official Hair and Make-up Artist for the young star. One look was tired and messy, the other all youthful. As usual I don’t have any images I can put up due to non-disclosure issues and what-not, but it should only be a few weeks before I can actually link to the video :-) It’s supposed to be getting shown at a big, (possibly) star studded event at the end of April down in LA. Exciting!

I just hope I did a good job!

Also, a quick update about my meeting last week with the producer, Damian from Minor Mogul. The meeting went well and we spoke about the project at hand, the characters, what we’re both looking for from each other, etc, but I had some bad news in my personal life and it looked like we may have been heading back to the UK pretty quickly (we’re able to stay, though) and so had to contact him afterwards to say I couldn’t help on this particular project. It does sound like a great project and I hope to get to work with Damian in the future as I love the way his mind works. He’s a funny guy too, which is always good to be around :-)

On a new note, a friend of mine has joined a small dance group here in Vancouver and she asked if I would help with the make-up when the perform next. Of course I said yes! It should be a chance to go quite creative with the make-up and have some fun! That isn’t until June, but we’re going to get together next week to have a chat.

Key Hair and Make-up Artist!

I’ve been given the opportunity to be the Key Hair and Make-up artist for a charities advert to be shown at their red carpet events and such!

The advert features a young girl, so make-up is going to be very natural, with some shimmer for the like for a “dream-like” sequence. The producer has a fair idea about how she wants the hair and make-up to look, but we’re going to discuss it further the next time we meet up. I know I said in my last post that I didn’t think I was ready to be  a Key, but there isn’t a hoard of actors to work on so I’ll be fine, and it’s such a great opportunity! I’ve been adding bits and pieces to my kit but I’m going to go on a major shopping spree this week for the items on my list that I haven’t bought yet. There’s a great shop that a few pro MUA’s have mentioned here in Vancouver called Holly North. I need to find out if I need to be registered with them to buy from them, but I’m going to try there for some things as they apparently have a decent range of products and brands aimed at people within the entertainment industries.

I was also contacted recently by a guy I messaged about helping out on their next low budget, independent movie.  We’re meeting up this week (in a public place for safety reasons of course!). It’s all go right now. Long may it continue! :-)

By the way, does anyone know of any good, professional reel/portfolio sites that may be of interest?