Confession: My MUA Story…so far
I have probably not announced before on my blog, but here we go…
I am currently a freelance make up artist. Reason for not announcing earlier was because I was only starting out and I didn’t know if I would like to continue in this direction. And why announce now? Well, the time is more or less ripe, and it has been almost one year since my first shoot. Despite being a freelancer for a year, I had only been to 9 shoots which is considered very few, within 365 days. It was due to the fact that I was still busy studying. I still have far more to learn, and my skills is still improving bit by bit. Practice really makes perfect, so Im hoping to be able to go for more shoots in the future if I were given such opportunities.
What inspired me to be a make up artist?
I’ve gotta say that the main reason was because I love make up! With this addictive obsession over collecting makeup, I had more or less produced a pile of unused makeup, sitting in the corner of my room. I couldn’t bear to sell them away, and what is better than to use them on other people? So, I set my heart to look for a few make up courses in Singapore and even consulted FacesbySarah (am not sure if she knew that was me!) back then! It was in 2010.
Did you go for a course? If so, where and how much?
Not going to lie, I had really supportive family and relatives. The course that I chose, was pretty expensive, given for the time frame. It was not something that I could afford overnight, so my aunt decided to sponsor part of my course. The school that I went to was Make Up For Ever academy. If you would like to know more about the academy or the classes, feel free to email me! I didn’t want to disclose every detail here for privacy reasons.
How I started out?
MUFE academy would usually pick a few top students to help out for their MUFE events. Unfortunately, my skills needed a lot of improvement and polishing, so after graduation, I was basically on my own. To be honest, it was very difficult, so all I can do is to look for talents who were starting out as well and hopefully collaborate with them. 80% of the shoots I had been through were TFCD, meaning unpaid test shoots, where the photographer, model and I basically collaborate and exchange our talents to produce a picture.
Yes, unpaid shoots…but doing makeup on the models and seeing your work in high defination photos really makes me happy! So I couldn’t care less. BUT of course, paid shoots are preferred because makeup supplies cost money, and we haven’t factor in the transportation cost! Despite that, at the end of the day, what is most important is your passion and making yourself happy.
What are my plans now?
Up to date, I have only worked with 3 photographers! So I guess I am still not experienced at all! There are still lots to learn and I am hoping that as long as my passion never die, I would be able to reach my goal one day – to be able to handle the makeup for editorial shoots in magazines! That would be a dream come true of course! Still, baby steps first. I would still need quite a bit of exposure to this industry.
I might be looking into other Makeup industries such as D&D or Bridal, so if you have any friends who don’t mind having me to make them up, I would love to help out!
I still have a long way to go! But nothing is stopping me! If you have an aspiration, share it with me here!
Okay, enough with the wordy post, here are some of my favourite looks from some of my shoots so far.
I would be adding more new works to my new Facebook Page! You can follow me there if you would like to.
Thanks for reading ~