Perseverance is the Key by Bex Tennant

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Next in our series of blogs from our Alumni, Rebecca Tennant discusses the need for perseverance when looking for work. This is especially key when you’re first starting out and building up a body of work.  Read what she has to say.


Being a makeup artist, I think, has to be one of the most flamboyant careers you could choose. There are so many aspects of the job that you could go into. Film, television, theatre, special effects, wig making, fashion and so many more! You’re definitely spoilt for choice.

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40’s themed party during work on the Anything Goes UK Tour in Manchester

Although there are several options out there for everybody, they’re not all easy to get into. Once trained, some makeup artists can be lucky enough to get work straight away, but for others it can be a real struggle. But don’t give up! It’s so worth all the hard work. It really is.

For me, film and television is the area I love to work in and enjoy the most, and earlier this year I hit a low point after not having any of this work for months. I didn’t give up though! I was still doing smaller jobs – photoshoots, weddings and parties and I searched for all kinds of work, setting myself tasks every day – looking for production companies, finding contact details, promoting myself and all sorts of other bits. There are so many things you can do that are makeup related when you’re searching for work. You really need to keep your confidence and skills as best as they can be.

The message I’m trying to get across is, you will find it hard at times. There’s no doubt about that. We’ve all been in that situation. You will at some point have to do work for free, but it’s great to build up your CV and experience. You’ll probably have to work in several different areas of the job before you finally start getting regular work on what you really want to do, and remember, build up contacts! More often than not, you’ll get jobs through word of mouth.

Just keep it going and you will eventually find yourself where you want to be, and you’ll love it! I promise. You’ll meet great people, make so many friends and have so much fun it won’t even feel like work!


You can follow Rebecca via her Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/bextennantmua

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