Monday, April 19, 2010

Assisting and Interning

If you want to assist other artists it's always good to send an email.  Let us know that you would be interested in assisting and leave your name, number and a possible link to some work you have done.  I know not everyone is going to have a professional site or professional pictures right when they start out but a link to something (even if its attached pictures) so that we can get an idea of what your work looks like.  Contacting us with no example of your work what so ever will most likely end up in getting your email ignored.

DO NOT get annoying or stalkish.  If we respond saying that we will hold on to your information, then take that as it is.  Don't keep emailing us and calling us.  That will make us (especially me) not want to work with you.  Keeping in touch is different than sending constant "stalky" emails.  We're human and sometimes forget and emails get lost in the jumble of other emails.  After a good amount of time, send a friendly reminder that you're still interested in assisting.

DO NOT ask the senior artist to "recommend" photographers or contacts to you.  We built these relationships throughout the years of hard work and non stop networking.  We aren't going to just simply hand over our contacts to you.  Do your own networking and build your own relationships.

Below are some basic "rules" to follow.  These rules are there because, yes, unfortunately these have all happened to me and other artists I know.

::Artists Belongings::
Many artists don't like their stuff touched and I am one of them.  Do not by any means go into the key artists kit and start looking around and putting your fingers in their stuff.  It's not yours, don't touch it.

::Listen to the Key::
Do what the key tells you to do.  If he/she wants you to clean brushes with soap and water, use soap and water.  If they want you to use a brush cleaner, use a brush cleaner etc.  Don't go ahead and do what you feel like doing.  It will only get you in trouble and make the key frustrated.

::Business Cards::
NEVER EVER give out your business cards when assisting...EVER.  By doing so you are not only insulting the key artist but it looks like you're trying to take the client.  You are there to assist, NOT to network, give your card out or get too chatty with the photographer/other crew members etc.  You are there to LEARN and should consider the fact that assisting is a learning experience.  Not a chance to open your mouth and chit chat.


An assistant is there to make the key look their best and that means by being invisible (whether you are doing makeup or not).  You do what you are told and if it feels like there is nothing to do, then just sit tight and wait for further instruction from the Key.  This is not the time to chit chat and make friends.  You are not to speak to the talent, and/or production team at any time.

::Do Not Fall Asleep::
Sometimes things get slow or there isn't much to do but the last thing you want to do is fall asleep!  The key might or might not say anything to you but know that they are always watching your performance.  An assistant that falls asleep is a lazy assistant.  That means that you're bored, uninterested and you'd rather be home.  Well guess what?  A bunch of way more dedicated aspiring makeup artist would give their left arm to take your place.  And they will because rest assured, you'll never get called back to assist again.

::Do Not Disappear::
If you need to use the restroom or you get hungry and want to pass by the crafty table, that's totally fine!  You're human, you have needs.  But don't just disappear.  Let the key know that you need a slight break.  If they don't know where you are and they need you, it's not going to look good if you're not around.

::Put the Phone Away::
Nothing makes me more crazy than as assistant constantly on the phone.  Put it on vibrate and put it away.  I understand some have kids and responsibilities which is why I never tell anyone to turn off the phone.  But if it's not an emergency, you should not be on your phone.  No texting, no emailing, no checking your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Whatever!  If you need to make or take a phone call, please excuse yourself and make it quick.  Being constantly on your phone means you're not paying attention.

::Dress Code/Hygiene::
We are artists and everyone expresses themselves in different ways but, if you're coming to set wearing short shorts, a V Neck super low cut shirt and your boobs look like they're about to spill out of your shirt at any minute or your clothing are dirty...something is terribly wrong.  If you're not sure about the dress code, please DO ASK the key artist.  We rather have you ask, than you guess and then you show up to set not in the proper dress code.  Try to avoid wearing heavy scented perfume.  You never know if it's going to bother the talent, so its best to be safe and wear none.  Deodorant is a MUST.

If the key artist, for any reason feels that they aren't a good fit for the job and feels that it's better to just not complete or take the job, as an assistant you are to do what the key does.  If they leave, you leave.  In no way, shape or form are you to assume the job of the key for yourself.  You work for the key makeup artist and it is the key that hired you.  This person put their trust in you and brought you along for a close up, first hand experience.  Biting the hand that feeds and letting greed blind you will only result in never working with your mentor again.  Remember, this industry is small and word gets around.  The last thing you want is to be known as the one that stole a client or position.  Stepping on people to climb the ladder is NOT the way to go.

Now, every artist is different and sometimes the rules vary especially when you already know the environment or have worked with that particular artist often.  But this is pretty much the basics.  If you're interested in the more in depth "rules", please feel free to follow the link below:

Rules for Mentoring and Apprenticing by Suzanne Patterson

For another great post about Assisting please visit Deshawn Hatcher's Blog

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bye Bye Shu Shu

Shu Uemura Pulling Out of the US Market

Sad but true.  With most of their profit in Asia, Shu Uemura has decided to pull out of the US Market and close all boutiques and Department Store counters.  Does this mean the end of all Shu products?  Absolutely not!  You can still order from their online store.  The Art of Hair products will remain unaffected by this change and will remain available in salons.

But what does this mean for the Pro Makeup Artists and their discounts?  As far as I know, you can still use it for your online purchases but ONLY if you're purchasing in bulk.  The program allows you to purchase $500 worth of product so with the 40% discount, you'll only be charged $300.  Sign up and see all the pro discount info here.  If I happen to find out more about the pro discounts I will update ASAP.

Until then, goodbye Shu and thank you for being so great to us here in the US.  You are and always will be AWESOME.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Jewelry Shoot

Last month I posted that I had done a jewelry shoot but, at the time all I had was just a little sample of what was to come.  Here's another taste (full story on my site).  Enjoy!!

Photographer: Norm
Model: Danielle @ Muse
Hair: Tracy B.
Makeup: Yisell (Me)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Bright is IN

As I walk through the streets of NYC, I've noticed that more people are wearing brighter lipsticks.  Why?  I'm not sure.  Perhaps it's because the 80's are coming back at full force this year and its the new trend?  Or maybe people have finally realized that wearing clear gloss ALL the time is boring?  Whatever the reason is, I think its super AWESOME that women are finally opening up to brighter and bolder lips.  Here are a few color choices that I think would look great for both the Spring and Summer season (and that I'm currently sporting as well)

OCC - Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
Hoochie (currently my signature color)

Make Up For Ever
501 - Sepia
203 - Orange Fluo Pink
204 - Orange Red
202 - Blue Fluo Pink
201 - Fluorescent Orange
217 - Rust Orange

Sheer Joy

Chilli Hot Hot
Hidden Danger