Where do you want me to start then?
You’re probably thinking “Thanks a lot, Ulla, now where the hell do I start? If retail will take me nowhere, what do you want me to do?”
I’ve been pretty harsh so far, haven’t I? I don’t want you to think all hope is lost and there’s no future for you if you work in retail. In fact, in the United States it is THE place to work while you’re building your portfolio and resume for union hours or full time film/ TV work. I come from a different background where internships were mandatory, and I got to work on an array of different faces for different types of work. Things are different here in the states.
Go ahead and get a job in retail! You’ll meet a lot of different faces, and that’ll be fantastic application practice for your future film career. I don’t want you to go and throw your life in the trash by refusing ANY work until you’re 100% sure you can support yourself with your freelance makeup work. Because that is what you will be in the film industry. A freelance makeup artist.
THE very first thing you should do though, is to enroll to a school or course for makeup. The school should be specifically for makeup, especially if you want to work in the film industry. I’m all for getting your license because there’s no such thing as too much education, but unfortunately in the United States the cosmetology and esthetician training doesn’t cover much makeup.
Before attending any physical, or online school, do your research and make sure the course is exactly what you are looking for. Ask questions. Any legitimate school has no problem answering your Q’s and will be excited to answer them. They will genuinely want to help you, not just take your money. Beware of anyone whose claims sound too good to be true, because they most likely are. The dark side of Hollywood is found even in webs of makeup.
Here are a few physical schools that I can personally recommend (in no specific order):
(click on the image to get directed to their website)
The online classes are a whole different animal. “But, Ulla, you can’t learn makeup online anyway!” Le sigh. I hear this statement about 78 times a day. Yep, you can’t learn makeup online, just like you can’t learn cooking, sewing, interior decorating or hairstyling from videos, webinars or self study guides… Why the hell do we have YouTube in the first place?
OK, I think I’m done being facetious. Look, the problem isn’t that you can’t learn online, the real problem is that there’s about 2.7 billion options, and I would like to say five of them are legit… I WOULD LIKE TO say five, but the truth is, there’s probably one other online course besides my upcoming course that will teach you everything you need to know to be able to enter the world of movie making. And that course is in French. So, unless you’re fluent in French, you’re out of luck. Of course you can always sign up on my waiting list HERE.
I MEAN IT, GIRLFRIEND! I promise you want to know about my classes. Not only because I’m so damn fabulous, but I’m also going to teach you stuff others only DREAM they learned at their school. So GO! Sign up for that waiting list. NOW! HERE!
(Yep, now I’m that annoying friend that keeps poking you on the shoulder… But you still should know about my course!)