Thursday, July 8, 2010

Makeup for Trade?

This is a touchy subject for me because I get asked a lot to do makeup for free on shoots, short indie films, etc. Believe me, if it were up to me I'd love to do makeup for free always because I love it, this is my passion but I can't live off of passion.

Let's look at the scenario where this is most seen: a Photo Shoot.

The models/actors just bring themselves in to be made up so really, they don't spend anything.The photographer has his equipment (lights, reflectors, camera), all of which he can use over and over again. The wardrobe stylist has of course clothing garments, accessories, shoes, all of which can be used over and over again. The hair stylist usually doesn't have to bring shampoo or conditioners because the models/actors already arrive with clean hair, so what they use is a blow dryer, flat iron and hair pins, all of which he can use over and over again. The few things they do have to use that aren't re-usable once they're on the models/actors are hair wax, hair sprays, gels, mousse and things like that, all of which aren't very expensive. The makeup artist however has to use face cream, eye cream, toner & primer to start with; all of which is where I usually do consider paying extra for a product because if the skin looks like crap the blending won't look so cute. We move on to foundation, concealer, powder, eyeshadow primer, eyeshadows, mascara, mascara wands, blush, contour powder/cream, brushes, sponges, makeup remover, etc. All of these (except for the mascara wands) are re -usable yes, but these products usually come in small quantities so if we use all of these for free over and over again, when are we supposed to gain our products back?

Think about it, the makeup artist is the only who really ends up losing in what you call a "trade shoot". We use so many different products that once we use them we don't get them back and all we get in return is a Thank You and pictures? Well thanks but no thanks. And we all know that sometimes we do knock-out makeup and then the pictures themselves are just bad, so it's even worse because you can't even use that picture, just the "thank you".

If the pay of the entire world was a "Thank you so much!" we'd be in on hell of a thankful yet poor world.

- Carolina

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