Theatrical make-up artist

Theatrical make-up is becoming closer to makeup for film and TV, as a naturalistic look is now more popular. This is often because performances are filmed or because audiences are used to recorded media. The main difference is that theatre is live and characters may change their costume and appearance rapidly. This can be a very exciting challenge for a make-up artist and
you’ll need brilliant timekeeping and the ability to think your way out of a crisis.

When I decided to go to The Manchester College it was a total career change, but I’ve always been interested in make-up and hairstyling. The College prepared me for working on a film or TV set. I learnt set etiquette, the different terminology used on set and how to read a call sheet which was invaluable when I was in London.

Emily Swift • Foundation Degree in Make-up Artistry

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