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What career should I choose if I want to be a special effects make-up artist.

I am asking this question because it has been in my interest for about 4 or 5 years and I am having trouble trying to talk to someone who has done it for a while and tell me what it is like. #film #film-production #makeup #special-effects #make-up-artist #technogy

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Bob’s Answer

That's a great question. While I'm not a makeup artist, I might offer a couple of suggestions (if you haven't already pursued these). If your career passion is to be an fx makeup artist, than that's what you need to pursue.


First, take basic makeup courses.You have to have an overall skill as a makeup artist before specializing. Then move forward with fx makeup classes.
I'd also suggest contacting some makeup fx houses (if they are in your area) to see if they allow interns, apprentices, etc. Some of them may be union houses, so that could restrict you from some positions until you get into the makeup local.


This profession requires a lot of training, skill and attention to detail, so it will take time and learning in order to hone your craft and technique.


Best of luck!

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Mark’s Answer

Hi Annalise,
You really should take courses regarding the basic skills for make-up, then take a look at employment. Special effects will require extra skills while working for fantasy, science-fiction or horror movies. Why not apply for the classes at USC or UCLA? Also, while studying online or working with a brilliant make-up artist, then you might invent your own skills or cosmetics and establish an outstanding reputation in the film industry.
Best wishes,
Mark Wagner

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