A hypothetical friend is interested in pursuing creature makeup. She experiments at home with friends and appreciates gaining those experiences. She has a strong desire to start gaining experience in collaboration with directors and producers on projects since these are skills she has yet to develop. She is open to hearing advice on this.
Here are the key things to consider:
- She hears about a few shorts and ultra-low budget projects looking for makeup artists. None of them are paying gigs.
- She doesn’t expect to pay her bills at this point from doing makeup. Gaining on set experience, working in collaboration with filmmakers and possibly developing relationships are her top priorities.
- She often reads on various social media forums for makeup artists that she must not work for free and that she must retain ownership of her makeup designs, especially since they are not paying for them. She is conflicted.
WHAT ADVICE AND/OR QUESTIONS MIGHT YOU OFFER THIS PERSON?