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What’s in Your Kit: Send us photos/info. on your must-have products and tools.
Lab Tech: Got a great lab technique? Share it with us.
Out of the Kit: Show us your best tips, tricks and work-arounds.
Product News: The place to promote your company’s new make-up products and tools.
Beauty Breakdown: Share what you used to create a celebrity look for film/TV/red carpet.
Photo Features: For consideration, you may send a link (Dropbox or similar) to unpublished photos. Please include credits of who worked on the images, and details on the theme and inspiration behind the photoshoot. Make sure to include contact information.
We can’t guarantee that anything will be published. Due to the amount of submissions we receive, it’s not possible for us to contact everyone who submits.
Make-up Around the World: This annual feature spotlights artists working worldwide.
Martini Shot: Send us your funny, candid photos from the trailer/set/backstage.
And let us know what you’re working on: Send updates to [email protected]. Click the section on deadlines to see when we need information and images.
It’s best to submit your information as soon as possible. Here are the Make-Up Artist magazine deadlines for 2017/2018 (subject to change):
130 (Feb./March): Information/images due 11/6/2017
131 (April/May): Information/images due 2/5/2018
132 (June/July): Information/images due 4/9/2018
133 (Aug./Sept.): Information/images due 6/11/2018
134 (Oct./Nov.): Information/images due 8/13/2018
135 (Dec./Jan.): Information/images due 10/8/2018
136 (Feb./March): Information/images due 12/17/2018
Submit your information, story ideas and images to the Editorial Department: [email protected].
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Wondering how to get published in Make-Up Artist magazine or on our website, makeupmag.com? It’s easy (and free)! Start by sending us a press release with the following information:
1. Who, what, when, where, why and how much. So if you’re having an event, tell us who you are, what the event is about, the days and times it will be held, the name and street address of the venue, an admission price and a phone number the public can call for information, tickets, etc.
2. Your contact information: e-mail addresses and phone numbers, in case we have questions for you.
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We need information as early as possible. For the magazine, that means at least two months in advance. For the websites, we can take information up to two weeks before the event.
We’re interested in hearing about film, video, print, fashion, theater and runway make-up work and projects. We’re also interested in hearing about new make-up products and artists doing interesting things. We can’t promise we’ll do a story, but we promise to read what you send us and give it careful consideration.
Have questions? Contact Managing Editor Cori Stoddard at [email protected] for questions about the magazine. Contact Web Editor Annika Darling at [email protected] for questions regarding makeupmag.com, makeup411.com or imats.net. Or you can reach both of them by phone at (360) 882-3488 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.
You need a license to work in a salon. However, a license is not required to work in the entertainment industry where you work on performers. The government doesn’t have people qualified to license this kind of work. This has been one of the functions of the union. Now that the producers have cancelled the testing of artists, the government might require a license.
MICHAEL KEY, publisher of Make-Up Artist magazine:
Doing make-up for film and television can be exciting, challenging and rewarding. There are, however, many points to consider if you want to pursue a career in this part of the industry. Let’s look at the pros and cons, starting with the cons.
1. There are more make-up artists than there are jobs.
It’s a simple matter of supply and demand. The film and television make-up fields in the United States, England and Canada are so crowded that if no new artists came along in the next 10 years, it would still be possible to make the same number of movies, TV shows and commercials using just the make-up artists we have now. To succeed, you have to think like a professional athlete: If you are going to train and compete, your goal is to beat your competitor. Unfortunately, when you make the team, someone else may get cut.
2. Work can be sporadic.
Most make-up artists do not have as much work as they would like. You might be off for weeks or months.
3. The hours are long.
When you are working, plan on 12- to 16-hour shifts five to six days a week. And these might not happen during the day—they might be at night, or during both day and night. Working in film can be like joining the army. Production owns you until they are through with you. You don’t know when you can go home until it’s time to go, which is also when you find out your call time for the next day. You cannot plan for anything in your personal life during the week. If you work episodic television, you will work about 70 hours a week. Many nights you will just get your turn-around, which is a union term for the minimum time between your wrap and your next call time. This usually equates to nine hours for crew. That means you have nine hours to drive home, sleep, shower and drive back ready for work.
4. Locations can be remote.
You may have to live in a hotel away from family and friends for up to six months to a year. This may sound exciting at first, but after a month or so, your opinion may change—ask any traveling salesperson.
If these industry realities are not what you had in mind, there still many jobs for make-up artists outside the entertainment industry, including print and photography, salons, retail and manufacturing, just to name a few. Another option is volunteer work, which can give you artistic fulfillment without all the hassles of professional work. Theaters, churches and student films need make-up artists all the time.
However, if you still want to make your living doing make-up in film and television, even after hearing all this, I encourage you to do the following:
1. Be an excellent make-up artist.
We don’t need more mediocre ones.
2. Make sure you get good training.
Make-up schools are only as good as their teachers. Check out our school directory page for a list of schools worldwide, and our article on how to choose the best make-up school for you.
3. Be informed.
Get how-to and reference books and DVDs from the Make-Up Artist Shop, along with a subscription to Make-Up Artist magazine. It’s the voice of the make-up industry, with great interviews, news and techniques from working professionals. Our website, makeupmag.com, is a great places to read the latest industry news, expert advice and more. Social networking is also a great way to learn from other artists. Being part of our online community will help you learn, network and share questions and information with other people who are passionate about make-up artistry. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
4. Attend the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show.
Six times per year, in six cities worldwide, we offer the International Make-Up Artist Trade Show, which features keynote presentations, classes, demos and more from the best artists in the business. You can get more education in one IMATS weekend than you can during a month anywhere else. IMATS is also a great place to network, which makes a major difference in your career. For more information, visit our website: www.imats.net.
I hope these tips will empower you to make the best decision. My desire is not to crush your love of make-up artistry, but to help you find the best outlet for that passion.
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You must register for tickets by going to the individual IMATS city’s ticket page on ShowClix, entering your Pro Card information and selecting the event tickets you would like. Pro-Card ticket allotments will be listed on the individual ticket pages.
The Make-Up Artist Gold Pro Card is exclusively for make-up artists affiliated with an approved trade union (see below), work in an approved make-up effects shop, represented by an approved agency or in professional theater productions.
If you are affiliated with one of these groups and would like to request an upgrade, please log into your account at www.makeupmag.com/pro and click “Upgrade” under Your Card and upload one of the following credentials:
- A copy of your Union card from 798, 706, 873, 891 & NABET
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- Direct link to your page on an agency’s website
- A signed contract or pay stub from an approved, professional theater company
The Make-Up Artist Gold Pro Card is exclusively for make-up artists affiliated with an approved trade union (see below) or make-up effects shop, who are represented by an agency or who work in approved, professional theater productions.
If you are affiliated with one of these groups and would like to request an upgrade, please email one of the following credentials to [email protected]:
- A copy of your Union card (IATSE 798, 706, 873, 891 or NABET)
- Proof of employment at a make-up effects shop (for 1 year or more)
- Direct link to your page on an agency’s website
- A signed contract or pay stub from an approved, professional theater company
The Make-up Artist Magazine Pro Cards are for professional make-up artists who work in print, film, theater, television, runway, bridal, or retail sales. Below are the types of cards and the artists they represent.
Red Make-up Artist Magazine Card
The Student Card is for current or recently graduated students at recognized make-up schools.
Blue Make-up Artist Magazine Pro Card
The Blue Pro Card is for professional estheticians, cosmetologists, bridal make-up artists or cosmetic sales associates.
White Make-up Artist Magazine Pro Card
The White Pro Card is for media make-up artists who work in print, film, theater, television, and/or runway.
Gold Make-up Artist Magazine Pro Card
The Gold Pro card is for make-up artists affiliated with specific trade unions, represented by an approved agency, working in an approved make-up effects shop or working in professional theater productions.
If you are unable to provide the required credentials from the lists provided on the Pro Card credentials page, your application will be declined.
It can take 4-6 weeks for the approval process.
You will receive a confirmation email within 1-6 weeks stating the status of your card.
Your card will either be sent to you by mail or held at the IMATS of your choice for pick up.
Gold, White and Blue Pro Cards are valid for two years from the date of issuance and may be renewed once they expire. You can renew them by logging into your account. When your card is a couple months from expiring a renew button will appear under “Your Card”, just click it and follow the instructions.
The Red Card is valid for one year from the date of issuance and may only be renewed by emailing [email protected] with proof of current school enrollment. If you are no longer in school, please apply for one of our other cards by logging into your account and clicking the “Upgrade” button under “Your Name” and then follow the instructions.
There is a $10 replacement fee to reprint and send a new card. You may order your replacement card through the Make-Up Artist online store.
You can email a request for a new card to [email protected], but there will be a $10 fee to reprint and send a new card.
The Gold Pro Card is for make-up artists who are affiliated with an approved trade union, make-up effects shop, agency or who work in professional theater. Please log into your Make-Up Artist Magazine Pro Card account and click the upgrade button, located under “Your Name” and complete the application.
School Directory Questions
Thank you for your interest in adding your make-up school to our School Directory! You may fill out and submit this form. We will then contact you with any questions and to let you know if we have added the school to our directory.
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Below you will find the schedule of when you will receive your first issue. (Dates are subject to change.)
Date Ordered and Issue You Will Receive
Before Jan. 1 2018 #130 (Feb./March issue, ships approx. Dec. 13)
Before March 1, 2018 #131 (April/May issue, ships approx. March 21)
Before May 1, 2018 #132 (June/July issue, ships approx. June 13)
Before July 1, 2018 #133 (Aug./Sept. issue, ships approx. July 25)
Before Sept. 1, 2018 #134 (Oct./Nov. issue, ships approx. Oct. 10)
Before Nov. 1, 2018 #135 (Dec./Nov. issue, ships approx. Dec. 5)
Before Jan. 1, 2019 #136 (Feb./March issue, ships approx. Jan. 30)
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