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Thinking of becoming an SFX Make-up Artist? Here are some jobs for you!

Remember the creepy doll in ‘Chucky’? Or Jim Carrey as ‘The Grinch’? Or how about Johnny Depp in ‘Edward Scissorhands’? Amazing characters. Incredible movies. Iconic moments in cinema history. These characters all have one thing in common: they were all brought to life by SFX makeup artists.

The world of special effects makeup is as big as it is creative (and it is very creative). You would be forgiven for thinking that SFX makeup jobs are limited to a small number of Hollywood films. The reality, however, is that special effects makeup artists work in many different microcosms of the creative arts industry, all around the world, including:

  • Film & TV: Take a look at CSI: Miami’s special effects make-up artist, Matthew W. Mungle. The list of prestigious movies and TV shows he has worked on as a makeup artist is jaw-droppingly long. While we don’t have the CSI franchise here in Australia, we do have a thriving entertainment industry that is always looking for new talent.
  • Advertising: Every single day, in every major city around the world, a production crew is working on bringing some form of advertisement to life. The majority of these ads require makeup artists, and there will be many occasions where a SFX make-up artist is required to help achieve the director’s creative vision. The real value of studying TrainSmart Australia’s CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media is that it teaches you not only how to become a makeup artist, but also how to apply special effects makeup – a skill that will definitely give you a competitive edge over other make-up artists in Perth.
  • Theme parks: That’s right. You could find yourself working at places like Disneyland to help bring their enchanting characters alive!
  • Theatre shows: Our talented Head of Department for CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media, Priscilla Walton, was recently involved on the Komische Oper Berlin’s, “The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) theatre show when it was performed at His Majesty’s Theatre Perth. Describing the makeup artists working on the show, Priscilla noted, “These make-up artists are skilled, their detail work is amazing and they do not miss a thing”. Travelling the world, bringing characters to life with make-up… It is a dream that these make-up artists have made their reality. You can too! 

With TrainSmart Australia’s nationally accredited CUA51015 Diploma of Screen & Media, you can learn how to use makeup, prosthetics and character design techniques to bring your imagination to life and make your dreams your reality. Learn the skills you need to set yourself apart from other makeup artists in Perth – contact us today to find out how!

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