Behind the Scenes in Atlanta GA

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There’s a lot of fun that comes along with working behind the scenes in tv production.  As a joke this sign was made by a crew member.  “This is NOT a Garage Sale”.  I totally see the humor in this sign, possibly because I’m part of the TV production crew that constantly sees people slamming on their brakes coupled with the blank stare trying to figure out what is going on.  Some onlookers are a little more brazen and have no problem asking some nosy questions. We don’t really have to answer but usually will if people are polite. This sign was made out of frustration on this particular reality TV set because people actually thought it was a garage sale and were walking onto the property.  Nothing to see here people, just an interior design reality tv show production.  When we set up to shoot a reality tv show production in someone’s home, there can be multiple production trucks, and a small fleet of crew vehicles that might cause people to stare.  Here’s a few of the behind the scenes shots from one of the shows I worked on a few years ago.


282439_10150245679666534_1529479_n          behind the scenes reality tv

On the left is a lighting set up in a living room.  The picture on the right is a picture I took of our sound guys taking a break in-between takes.  They just happened to be relaxing in the perfect photo opp scenario.  As they say there’s a whole lot of “hurry up and wait” in our industry.  This would be a prime example of the waiting…..


301034_10150299301732224_910275079_n    This was a fun location shoot in an Atlanta warehouse.  It wasn’t so fun that we shot this in July and there was no air conditioning.  A lot of big features films have been shot at this location.  Even this was from a few years ago, I clearly recall a bunch of personal portable fans, sunscreen and bug spray utilized in my makeup set bag this day.


Crew Shot

Crew Shot

And here’s the crew wrap photo from our final first season episode.

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Mens Grooming Yes! Men Wear Makeup

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Mens grooming makeup for tv

As soon as someone learns that I work as a makeup artist for photo shoots and sports television, one of the next questions they ask is “Do men wear makeup?”.  I know it seems ridiculous for the every day man to “wear makeup”.  Yes!  Men wear makeup and greatly benefit from having a makeup artist on set.  And yes, makeup artists help men look their best on camera for tv, film, and photo shoots.

My approach is much different for mens grooming and it differs from traditional beauty makeup.  It’s about evening out skin tone and blemishes, maintaining shine control, brightening the under eye area (when needed), hiding a recent sunburn, covering the occasional shaving mishaps, eyebrow grooming, & aiding with hair styling and the occasional haircut and trim.  The reality is without having a makeup artist on set, it can become painfully obvious under bright studio lights how much a

mens grooming makeup for tv

makeup artists assistance is required.  The progression of camera technology, high definition advances, and led lighting  has created the ability to produce an incredibly sharp more realistic image.  With that sharper image is where you start to notice things you might not have seen before, flyaway hairs, blemishes, uneven skin tone, perhaps you see that the talent appears to look like he didn’t get a full 8 hours of sleep, especially in the eye area.  The technique for makeup application for mens grooming has changed with the advances in technology.  It is a makeup artist’s goal for her men’s grooming work to appear natural and effortless.  A good makeup artist’s work is virtually undetectable. You shouldn’t “see” the makeup, that means it is too heavy.

Seasoned pros know the value of mens grooming and how the time spent in the makeup artist chair benefits their appearance on camera. I will tell you, men don’t willingly sit in the makeup chair at first.  A common concern I hear from men is that wearing makeup will make them appear feminine,  as if I’m punching their “guy card” as soon as they sit in the makeup chair.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Once they realize how quick and painless the ordeal is, and no eyeliner or lipstick is involved, they usually put up less of a fight, especially once they see how great they look.  Sometimes at the end of the shoot the talent refuses makeup remover wipes because they have an audition or on-camera engagement afterwards.  The pros know to keep wearing the makeup if they are going to be on camera again.

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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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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.

Atlanta Makeup Artist /www.kathleenmarsh.com


 

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