Catch up with Rebecca, another BAMM graduate who has had great success in the film industry since graduating at BAMM.
When did you decide you wanted to be a makeup artist?
I knew I wanted to be a makeup artist when I was at school, but I decided to follow suit with my friends and go to University where I did a degree in Psychology. After completing my degree, I still wanted to pursue a career in makeup artistry and from here decided to go to BAMM.
Did you have a particular field you wanted to specialise in?
Prosthetics Makeup had always captured my attention, but I didn’t know the varying aspects of the industry so were very much just looking forward to learning everything.
Why did you choose BAMM?
BAMM was very much a new school when I trained, and I loved the fact all the teachers are currently working in the industry. The location was also a bonus. I did not want to study in London and Bath is an incredibly beautiful city.
Did your ideas of what you wanted to do following your training change during the course?
I had wanted to work with prosthetic makeup but soon realised Film and Television would encapsulate all of the makeup skills I was learning.
What was your favourite bit?
Now looking back, one of the things that drew me in during the course and becoming especially memorable were the tutors with their real-life stories and experiences from working in the industry. It made me so excited to get out there and get going on my new career path as an MUA. I remember some stories were very funny, with tutors telling us of silly mistakes they had made over the years, (lots of laughter to be had during some of these tales) but as such has proven to have given me really good grounding whilst working my way up from a trainee makeup artist to supervisor levels.
What was your first job following your training?
I did a student film for free.
How long after leaving BAMM did it take you to get a foot in the door?
Realistically I had about a year of doing small freebies and short films. Although it was a bit annoying at the time, I am so pleased I did this at it taught me so much and helped with my confidence, speed and general understanding of the terminology (lingo) used on a film set. Although this was covered at BAMM, it is always great to understand it first hand, and I would recommend every MUA start-out this way.
How did you get your in?
I was lucky enough to have a link with a family friend. I was given a week’s free on-set experience cleaning brushes and making tea and was then asked to stay on and become the trainee for a TV series called ‘Absolutely Anything’. I didn’t realise my family friend was so high up in the industry and I have since gone on to accompany her on many other projects including Game of Thrones and this is really how it all began.
What have you worked on since?
I was given a full Makeup Artist position on ‘Outlander’, “Alice Through the Looking Glass” with Peter Swords King and makeup Junior for The end of the F****ing World’
Makeup Artist on a new BBC1 series called “Informer” (being released this month). And just now (5 years on) I have been asked to design a film in India. I must confess I do not feel ready to take this position, so I have asked another MUA I met on ‘Game of Thrones’ to design, and I will take my first position as the Makeup Supervisor
What have been your highlights?
Game of Thrones filming abroad for season 7 with six weeks out in Spain on such a prestigious set was really exciting and magical. I was part of a huge crew, and we had such a great makeup team.
Anything you would change?
After my initial work experience from BAMM on Peter King’s ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’, I was asked to come back for another week, but I turned the opportunity down, as it was my mum’s birthday and we were going out for a meal. I felt like I passed up a massive opportunity here with Peter.
What advise would you give to your younger self?
Say yes to everything especially in the early stages when carving your career, Don’t be so nervous, you are always more capable than you often give yourself credit for!
Whats the dream?
To become main team Makeup Artist for an award-winning Film.