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Career Details :: Makeup Artists, Theatrical and Performance
Apply makeup to performers to reflect period, setting, and situation of their role.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Applies makeup to performers to alter their appearance to accord with their roles.
- Selects desired makeup shades from stock or mixes oil, grease, and coloring to achieve special color effects.
- Designs rubber or plastic prostheses and requisitions materials, such as wigs, beards, and special cosmetics.
- Confers with stage or motion picture officials and performers to determine dress or makeup alterations.
- Creates character drawings or models, based upon independent research, to augment period production files.
- Examines sketches, photographs, and plaster models to obtain desired character image depiction.
- Studies production information, such as character, period settings, and situations, to determine makeup requirements.
- Attaches prostheses to performer and applies makeup to change physical features and depict desired character.
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General Work Activities
- Thinking Creatively
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Implementing Ideas, Programs, etc.
- Assisting and Caring for Others
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Provide a Service to Others