Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles
For me it started one day when I was shopping in a beauty brands store downtown Manhattan. I was shopping for a project I was working on at the time.
So, if you know anything abut me I’m very organized so going in any store I already know what I came in for , I find it, purchase it and then I’m gone because I have a list of other things to do and I don’t waste time AT ALL.
So I go in and I get 12 of these, 12 of that, and 24 of those, OH WAIT!!!…and 24 of this right here!
So a young lady finally comes sauntering around the counter and finally asks me if I need help and here’s a basket. Duh!!! Clearly I need help and a basket!!! She was on her phone texting behind the counter, not recognizing that she has a major sale on her hands.
Which in her case may mean a big commission or maybe even a long awaited promotion because you’re cash register is full and you gone beyond your daily sales quota.
She says to me ” I see you have several dozens of similar items, are you a Makeup Artist?” I smiled and said “Yes, Yes I am.” She says “Wow! I thought so. Where do you work?”
So I tell her what I’m working on and why I’m purchasing so much product. The girl almost fell off of those 4″ heels she was wearing. I chuckle a bit and tell her to calm herself.
She says “Thats what’s up! I want that!” I said “What do you want dear heart? To work as a Makeup Artist? She said ” No, to be FAMOUS, well no, yeah, to be a FAMOUS Makeup Artist! Yeah a FAMOUS Makeup Artist.”
I thought to myself “A FAMOUS MAKEUP ARTIST”? Well, I personally don’t believe in luck but ummm yeah, good luck with that one honey!
Try being a GOOD MAKEUP ARTIST first, then graduate to being a GREAT MAKEUP ARTIST, BUT that doesn’t mean even if you’re a GREAT MAKEUP ARTIST that you’ll wind up being “FAMOUS”!
All kinds of thoughts ran through my head. Mostly thoughts of how naive she actually was about how this industry really works.
Well, I just stopped short and looked at her with a blank stare.
Why did I look like that?
Well, mostly because at first glance of this young lady and hearing what she’d said to me made me think and really look at her. And I thought about an industry I’d worked so hard for years to get to work in.
So many years I’d put in doing home study and classes. Talking to Pro’s I’d admired. And I even had the pleasure and honor to speak to them. And to get information and encouragement from them.
I was ambitious and just wanted to be a GREAT Makeup Artist when I came into the biz. Clearly, speaking to that young lady, there is a difference in our reasons why we wanted to be Makeup Artists. I asked her “How old are you dear heart?”, “I’m 24.” I thought to myself….shoot, at 24, I was already deep in the entertainment industry!!!
At her age I had already been on a major music World tour with the #1 Pop/R&B Artist in the world!! I’d travelled the world 2x at that age! Wow! I thought gee what a privilege it was for me BUT NO, I worked really hard to get to that level. I’d earned my respect in the industry because of the years I’d put in, in work!
WHY ARE YOU IN THIS GAME?…HONESTLY??
When I worked I always wanted my work to be recognized and considered GREAT, which in my mind means to always do what I loved doing…MAKEUP!!!!
Me doing makeup wasn’t about me being famous but about my work! This girl who stood before me wanted to simply be famous!
Which said to me she could care less about being a Makeup Artist! So many REAL Makeup Artists sacrificed their lives and sometimes family life to work on sets perusing and living out their dreams to be real Makeup Artists.
When I speak to my professional colleagues they all seem to have the same feeling. That feeling is that our once respected industry is flooded with individuals who could care less about it.
That the makeup is all the same and unoriginal. That the “artists” are in the biz for all the wrong reasons. The major cosmetic brands who once respected the Pro MUA now questions our credentials because a generation of “artists” we see now simply do not have any work credits but have “followers”!!! So now our years of hard work and contribution to entertainment is put into question by a generation that is simply duplicating what we had long before created.
Most of these Pro’s are asking where is the respect for us and the craft! The industry of beauty would not exist if there were not qualified tenured Makeup Artists to showcase those products or faces that we work on so diligently. Real Pro Makeup Artists are not sitting at home…they are out in the field working on their craft, working on sets for hours standing on their feet, hustling on every form of transportation to get to their jobs. We get cheques from major film companies, record labels, magazines and beauty brands.
I have to laugh!!! Really laugh at the notion that people think that a makeup Enthusiats, a YouTuber, Vlogger is actually a Pro Makeup Artist. *****NEWSFLASH*****
There is a difference! Pro MUA’s actually do makeup on other people besides themselves! In fact they are working so much on other people that they barely have time to put makeup on themselves!
What Pro MUA’s actually do:
- Design Makeup for projects
- Read Scripts/ Video Treatments
- Sit in production meetings/A&R meetings
- Hire teams of other MUA’s
- Build relationships with product brands
- Build their brand by the projects they work on
- Constantly doing makeup homework i.e., combing through old and new magazines, looking at vintage makeup,
Let me first say this to be very clear….THERE IS NO CAMPARISON OR REAL COMPETITION!