nonunion workers. Television or film makeup artists must belong to the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Union.
Salary: (union minimum)
Entry level: $29/hour
Executive: $55-$60/hour (although much higher fees are commanded)
Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Union-Local 706
11519 Chandler Blvd.
N. Hollywood, CA 91601
818-984-1700 or 213-877-2776
NZINGHA | Makeup Artist
Although cosmetology is often viewed as an occupation to fall back on, Bronx-born makeup artist Nzingha has turned her love of putting on faces into a lucrative career. Nzingha quit her college studies to become a teacher in her early 20s to attend beauty school full time. She had a flair for doing makeup and was determined to pursue it professionally. She began by making up models for small haircare publications. But her big break came when she filled in for a friend scheduled to work with Freddie Jackson on a music video. “The production company saw my work on him, loved what they saw and started to book me too,” she says. The popularity of hip-hop and R & B music has created a lot of opp
ortunities for Nzingha. “The music industry is opening up a market for different aesthetic viewpoints. People are starting to realize there is a black market.”
MIXER / RECORDING ENGINEER
Technophobes need not apply for a position as a mixer or sound engineer, for which technical aptitude and knowledge of the latest industry technology is essential. People in these fields can work in both the recording and film industries. For those who relish using their technical know-how in an artistic way, this career might be just right. A mixer/sound engineer is responsible for operating the sound board in a recording studio or merging the tracks selected for a recording on film or video. Engineers work closely with the producer, and sometimes the director, to create the desired sound. Opportunities in this field are expected to rise steadily into the year 2006.
College or technical school background in sound engineering or recording technology preferred; a degree in film doesn’t hurt. However, those with six months or more of hands-on experience in a studio are hired just as frequently for entry-level positions in a recording studio or on a post-production team for a film.
Many nonunion opportunities exist in this career (e.g., music videos and concert tours), but they often pay less than union jobs.
Entry level: $12,000/year (nonunion); $30,000 (union)
Midlevel: $1,450/week (union)
Executive level: $125,000-$500,000/year (union)
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
3402 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Good film editors are always in demand because it takes both technical finesse and a feel for audio and visual aesthetics in this position. Using current digital editing technologies, a film editor unites all the audio and visual elements of a film according to what a director wants to convey or what a script demands. Career advancement is based on experience, so credits count.
To get in on the creative side, classes in editing, a film degree or experience are necessary to gain an entry-level position as a production assistant. You may have to work as an apprentice for little pay, but after you’ve