More Makeup Employment Opportunities
If after reading and researching everything it takes to make it as a makeup artist in film, you decide it's not for you, there are a number of other ways to make a living in makeup.
You have to be able to see something out of nothing and create works of art with a single stroke of your brush. If you decide to do special events and weddings, research every bridal magazine to stay abreast on trends. Find all of the local hotels and venues that weddings occur and contact the weddings coordinators. Schedule meetings and find out how to get on a preferred vendor list. Most importantly, keep your portfolio updated. Beauty trends change almost by the minute and what is "in" one moment can be "out" the next.
In any of these avenues of work, remembering the basics and always being current on classic looks, color matching, and maintaining an understanding of lighting and filters, will all but guarantee you success in your field.
If you haven't yet found the avenue of makeup you'd like to pursue, there is also the role of educator. Should you take all of your experience and knowledge and decide you'd like to share that with others hoping to pursue similar fields, there are a lot of opportunities for you to explore.
Finally, once you have some experience and some work to show for it, maximize your visibility. Build a valid portfolio that is readily on-hand but find a way to brand yourself. Check out available domain names on the web and start building your website. These days it's rare that anyone wants to see a physical portfolio so upload, build, use original content, and market yourself. If you don't have enough faith in what you do, no one else will either. Don't be afraid to promote your work and do work that makes you proud. Whether you go into film or not, confidence (not cockiness) is appealing. If you believe in your work AND your work can speak for itself, you will have a long and successful career as a makeup artist.
In order to succeed in an unstable economy and an ever-changing world, you, as an artist, must be willing to adapt and change with it. Having passion for what you do is always going to be recognized. Talent cannot be taught, it can only be emphasized. Your talent will come to light and that is when you have to know not only where your talents lie, but how to begin utilizing them to the best of your ability. There are thousands of makeup artists but not everyone has what it takes to make it. Be the one that stands out, always continue your education, and the best advice anyone can give you is be willing to grow.