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MUA Cat

Posts: 5

Long Beach, California, US

Hi there.  I'm fairly new to the MU industry and would like to know, how does one land a job working for a TV show or the news?  Do you start out assisting and/or interning?  Or do you simply show up with a resume and portfolio and apply?  And what qualifications are required?  Thanks so much!

-Cat

Oct 16 13 11:02 pm Link

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GRMACK

Posts: 2149

Bakersfield, California, US

In our town, most all of the TV news people do their own makeup.  Some have a small closet to work out of with just a mirror and lights along the sides.  Seen them do it on remotes too with just the cameraman present and them.  One woman uses a heavy pancake and probably has done it the same way for years.  LA may be larger and have more money to pay a MUAH person.  Even our local stage actors do their own or they have one actor who also freelances for them.  Very little money out there for luxuries.  If it is union, helps to know someone in it as it is very tough to get in there.  I grew up with people who went to school and graduated top of their class in cinema and cannot even get a job as a camera loader due to closed union shops and "Who you know."

I found it interesting that some MUAH seem to gravitate towards the porn industry as it pays more than movies since it rubs off or gets messed up so they are on set the entire time.  Some need a lot of help too in lieu of their other assets.

Oct 17 13 04:48 am Link

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MUA Cat

Posts: 5

Long Beach, California, US

This was helpful.  Thanks so much GRMACK.  I'm fairly new to the industry so I've been trying to brain storm what is the most stable type of work for an MUA.  I figured becoming a TV MUA would be close considering the news is always on air and if a TV show is successful, it will run each season annually.

Oct 17 13 02:45 pm Link

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Lauren Reynolds Makeup

Posts: 282

London, England, United Kingdom

Assist, assist, assist, there's a lot to learn, both in TV makeup technique & set etiquette. Reach out to artists who work in TV.

Oct 20 13 02:31 pm Link

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MUA Cat

Posts: 5

Long Beach, California, US

Thank you LR MUA!  I will do my absolute best!

Oct 20 13 02:45 pm Link

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Mary

Posts: 7168

Coronado, California, US

I agree with whats been said here.  Most News anchors do their own makeup, unless you're in NY or LA, maybe a few other large cities. San Diego they still do their own unless it's an promotional ad.

I suggest you assist, make lot's of industry friends and have a great portfolio because when that opportunity comes knocking you have to be ready... I did not by the way look at your portfolio, this advice is just general.  Good Luck!

Mary

Oct 20 13 05:07 pm Link

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Jessica deBen

Posts: 44

Los Angeles, California, US

MUA Cat, TV is the best! I've been lucky enough to be hired to do TV shows and it was because I had worked with the talent or director before. So keep working and wowing all the talented people you can!

For union info in LA, Local 706 President Sue Cabral-Ebert was kind enough to let me video interview her and you can see her advice here: Youtube Local 706 Sue Cabral Ebert

My advice is to contact the union when you start collection days towards membership. They are very helpful and don't bite!

Oct 21 13 09:27 am Link

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DOUGLASFOTOS

Posts: 8452

Los Angeles, California, US

Your in California...it is all about that Union. Check there.

Oct 21 13 11:08 am Link