Chances are good for make-up artists
Demand for make-up artists who have completed a full film, television, fashion and SPFX (special effects) course is increasing as more commercials, films and television programmes are being shot in New Zealand.
Network and volunteer to improve your chances of finding a first job
Networking, and having work experience can help you find a job.
You can network and market yourself by:
joining industry organisations such as WIFT NZ (Women in Film and Television) or Ngā Aho Whakaari (Māori in screen production)
- attending industry events and introducing yourself, particularly to make-up designers (who create the overall make-up look for films or other productions)
- checking industry magazines and websites for new productions and contacting their make-up designers directly
- reading and advertising on networking websites and social media pages for the arts
- being professional on social media when you showcase your make-up work, and in personal pages.
You can gain work experience by:
- training at make-up schools that offers internships and job placements
- volunteering for amateur and drama school productions.
It's also useful to have experience in hairstyling, hairdressing, beauty therapy and customer service.
According to the Census, 540 make-up artists worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Types of employers varied
Make-up artists may work for:
- hair and beauty salons
- television, film, magazine and theatre productions
- department stores, cosmetic stores and pharmacies
- fashion design companies and magazines.
Some make-up artists work freelance or run their own business.