Phone Usage in Makeup Chair Set Etiquette

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Some productions have guidelines for phone usage and texting while on set. It’s hard to imagine working on a production now without cell phones, texting, ipads, email, laptops, glued to our hip, we did manage to survive without them years ago.  No one likes to be late, especially when there is a production crew waiting on talent to arrive to set makeup and hair ready.  On occasion the makeup artist gets blamed for the tardiness, sometimes the finger is pointed at the sound guy or the stylist, even though it’s out of our control.  Productions hit speed bumps, Atlanta traffic happens, weather isn’t always the most agreeable, and the schedule starts to wander off the tracks.  I do understand the necessity of phone usage, ipads, tablets, laptops in our tv film and photography production world, but I don’t always agree with the prevalence they are used while sitting in the makeup chair.  In some cases, I have a CEO from a large corporation sitting in my makeup chair moments before a big press release, he physically can’t put his phone down and I understand.  Urgent parenting issues that require immediate attention are another completely acceptable reason of why you need to be using your phone at that moment.  Unfortunately, I can tell you many people who have sat in my makeup chair exercised poor phone usage judgement as they’ve subjected me to  “Dude, we were so hammered, she was so hot” conversations,  or the “Omg, what’s his deal, I can’t believe she said that, insert drama stirring gossip comment here, like totally, omg what do you think I should do?”.  Well since you asked, I think you should put your phone down and pay attention.  Work with me while I have pointy objects close to your eye.  Cooperating with your makeup artist who is trying to make you look your best before you go on camera is a really good idea.  If the text or call isn’t really important, save it for personal time when we are not all on the clock.   Use your discretion to decide if that call, text, social media post can wait.  Remember people on set are waiting for you.

Here’s some key points to remember the next time you are about to spend some face time with your favorite makeup artist.

  •  The quality and speed of my work as a makeup artist is compromised while you are looking down at your electronic device.  This is my main frustration with this issue, especially when there is a time constraint I’m trying to respect and observe.  Can I get the job done anyways?  Yes!  Could it have been a lot easier, absolutely!
  • Taking an important call is ok, wrapping it up quickly is greatly appreciated, staying on the call the entire time I’m working, will NOT or will it ever be ok.
  • If you’re on set, keep the notifications quiet even if it is a photography shoot without sound.  The rings and notification sounds can be distracting when the crew is trying to work.  If you must have your notifications on turn your phone to vibrate.
  •  Texting is disruptive – Yes it’s slightly better than taking a call, but looking down and focusing your attention to your phone while I’m trying to make you look your best is counterproductive for a makeup artist to work.  I’m limited to less detailed makeup application work at this point with really bad light as you look down.  If you’re ok with not wanting to look your best, then text away.
  •  Emergencies are the exception.  If you’re using Twitter or Snapchat in the makeup & hair chair, I can assure you it’s definitely not an emergency.

Hopefully this makeup artist set etiquette advice on phone usage will help the next time you’re up to sit in the makeup chair.  I know each situation is different and there isn’t a standard rule that can apply to all scenarios.   Use your discretion on phone usage while the makeup artist is trying to make you look your best.

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Makeup Artist Lifesaver – Battery Charger for Long Filming Shooting Days

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PowerAdd Battery Charger – My Makeup Artist Lifesaver

Show business is notorious for long hours associated with film and tv productions.  And yes, the term “Hurry up and wait” can be applied to almost every day that I’m working on a set.  Working as a makeup artist you can be subjected to shooting outside all day and changing locations several times.  Although it can be very exciting and fun, there is an element of unpredictability that comes with shooting at different locations.  The combination of a location not having a great cell signal which wears your battery down even faster, can be a recipe for a dead phone on set.  There is nothing worse than losing your ability to communicate while you’re working.  We have families, children, spouses, agents, and managers that we have to stay in contact with.  It can be torture as a freelancer knowing your phone is off and you might be missing out on the call or email for your next big gig.  The lipstick sized battery chargers have been out for a some time now, and yes they are great in a pinch.  I wanted a solution with a little more power and dual outlets that had the ability to charge 2 devices at once, and fast!  Enter the Poweradd charger   which has become my makeup artist lifesaver!  I ordered it through Amazon. It’s small enough to fit in my set bag, and it will charge my phone up to 3-4 times with a single charge, and it will charge my ipad twice.  I’m very impressed with its performance.  This little guy will be a staple in my makeup set bag for quite awhile!  Eventually I would like to upgrade to a quick charge battery unit.  I’m still a little concerned with the lack of “anti-explosive technology” options for the quick charging products.  Be careful when selecting a portable battery charger, read the reviews to make sure it isn’t a fire hazard.

 

 

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Don’t be Afraid – Eyebrow Marker Review

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One of my new favorite makeup items in my makeup kit is the eyebrow marker.  I’ve been using it a lot on whomever is sitting in my makeup chair, and inevitably I get the “What product are you using?” question, followed by an uneasy look of “Really, a marker?”.  Yes, the term “eyebrow marker” sounds like something that every makeup artist should stay far far away from.  My clients love the results.  We all strive for even, perfect, defined brows.   In a perfect world, our eyebrows would be symmetrical twins when we roll out of bed.  In reality, we usually have a good brow, and one that sometimes resembles it’s better behaving counterpart.  The key to this product’s usability is the pigment and it’s long lasting formula.  It’s not so dark that it creates a look that is drawn on, and not too light to fail at creating definition where it’sshopping needed.  Typically I use these markers in conjunction with an eyebrow powder to create the perfect natural brow, minus the waxy look of a pencil.  I have found the marker is great for outlining shape, and defining areas that need a little encouragement.  Two great brands to check out are NYX Eyebrow Marker and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow PenMedium and Universal Light  are my go-to for blondes and natural brunette day time brows.  Deep is great for brunettes and more dramatic looks.

 

 

 

Atlanta Makeup Artist / kathleenmarsh.com

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Atlanta Makeup Artist Demo Reel

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I’m Atlanta Makeup Artist Kathleen Marsh and I’m excited to share my hair & makeup artist demo reel.  All makeup and hair represented in this video is my work.  This reel displays my freelance work as an Atlanta key makeup artist and hairstylist.  It displays examples of my work from music videos, tv shows, reality tv, episodic television, commercials, promos, sports television, film, cooking shows, documentaries, and interviews filmed in the metro Atlanta area.  If there is a camera involved, I’m there.  I have worked as a key makeup artist primarily in the Atlanta photography, film, and television industry.  I have spent time working in New York and traveling for shoot locations all around the US and International travel as well.

For those not familiar with the term “demo reel”, generally speaking it’s an industry accepted video portfolio of your skill of moving pictures whether it be tv, film, music videos, etc.  We try to keep them short and sweet to display the range of our working ability.

Please visit my website   www.kathleenmarsh.com  for a full commercial, beauty, editorial makeup and hair portfolio as well as a detailed bio, client list, and contact info.

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Office for the Day – RV

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I called this RV “home base for the day” recently on a shoot.  As a freelance makeup artist, I never really have a permanent office to work from.  Whether we work from a studio, office building, or RV trailer, each job is different and different locations come with different challenges – electricity, adequate wattage, setup space, room temperature, mirrors, seating, and most important to makeup artists – available light.  Sometimes the production I’m working on provides a trailer to call “home” for the day.  RVs are great for the cast and crew, especially when we need to safely set up shop for the day, change looks, work, and keep our working area separate from the shooting location.  I’ve worked on a range of tour buses and RVs.  Although some aren’t the newest on the block I have found the best ones have been modified from their original “family travel” layout to a design best suited for production work.  On this production in Charlotte NC, I shared the space with a fashion stylist, and hair stylist.  It was a great shoot and I have to give credit to Cordell CPR RV Rental I was super impressed with the space, added lighting, cleanliness, built in table, air conditioning, and seating.

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