A makeup artist’s dilemma–to take a movie or not

a makeup artist--to take a movie or not

A makeup artist’s dilemma–to take a movie or not….

I’ve had quite a few notes from our viewers wondering about the period feature I was prepping in my last diary post, so I thought I’d better fill you in..

Well, things don’t always work out, or sometimes they work out even better.  This show is one of those exceptions and I’ll tell you why……

So in my last post, I was breaking down a period film script and digging through 1940’s period looks just before meeting with the director.  I mentioned how hard it can be if the director isn’t willing to let me give him authentic period looks and so at that point I have to decide if I really want to take on the job or not.

Maybe you guessed it already, but I met with the director and he really wanted to go with looks I wasn’t crazy about.  I really love this director and thought the script was great.  I know they already have distribution and think it will be a hit……but I also love what I do and I knew I’d be frustrated the entire show if I was locked into putting together looks that don’t sell the period.  I also had quite a few other job options coming at me and knew I could make more money in less time by taking other options.  So, that’s what I decided to do.

It can be hard and really drive you nuts if you think about giving up a show that has a lot of potential to do well, but I learned long ago to just keep pressing forward and never look back.  It could make you crazy because it’s such a guessing game.  I also believe in being loyal to anyone I commit to work on a show with.  If they are first in line, I won’t bail.  I see too many people who do, and I just don’t feel good about that.  But it’s come back to bite me many times when a better job (always with better pay) comes along.

I did that last summer while I was on a show in Boston.  I got a call for a new TV series needing a makeup artist, but it overlapped with what I had committed to do and so I had to pass it up.  I also knew that the Boston show would lead to a couple more shows, including one to be shot in Austria, so I hated turning down the TV series, but felt I needed to be loyal and that it was better long term too.  The Boston show led to another film, but the Austria film never happened (not yet anyway.)  But as luck would have it, the TV series I turned down went big and has literally traveled all over the world and has been paying top rates–ugh.  Yeah.  DON’T LOOK BACK LAURIE!  Sometimes I have to kick myself to keep making myself look forward!  LOL!

So in the next few blog posts I’ll let you know what other projects I ended up taking on instead of the WWII show.  Also, some of you asked for some period tutorials, which I agree would be fun.  So maybe after Halloween, Tiff and I will work some of those up for you.  In the mean time, we do have one on our website under “hairstyles” videos.

I really wish I had pictures of all of the period looks I’ve done, but I haven’t been great at gathering pictures of my work, but here are a couple more pictures of the 1930’s-1940’s looks that I’ve done on films…  enjoy and please feel free to comment, we love to hear what you have to say!!

ps. the following pictures are the same actress, the top photo is her in the 1930’s and the bottom one is her in the 1940’s–and yes, her hair is the same length in both.  crazy, huh??=)

And please comment below, I’d love to hear your suggestions!


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