So I feel like I have been missing in action since I have been working on assisting jobs last week and this week. I know I wrote a post on assisting, but coming from my own words it feels different. Sometimes all you do is pass brushes and clean everything. And sometimes you are actually doing the makeup. It all depends on who you are assisting and what they need. And if you were wondering, yes, you get paid for assisting.
Two weeks ago I assisted Kat O'Shea (we are in the same agency) for Seventeen Magazine. I don't take a lot of photos when I'm assisting because I really focus on what my makeup artist needs. It was a long day out in the sun. It was makeup for a bunch of teenagers doing group and double shots. I met some fun new people at that shoot. The photographer was pregnant so that was refreshing to see.
Last week I assisted Anna Maria doing makeup and hair for Myself Magazine, a new Italian magazine. I had a blast on this shoot because Anna Maria was the kindest and funniest artist I have ever assisted. She was such a pleasure to work with and let me do the makeup and hair on a couple of models. The shoot revolved around a couple of twenty-something year olds having a good time.
Lastly, yesterday and today I assisted makeup artist Miriam Azoulay for a television commercial (for a department store based in Texas). It's amazing how it takes two days to make a 30 second commercial! It was definitely a learning experience because I have never been on set for film and I learned that there is a lot of waiting around for sets to be made, doing shots over and over, and a lot of touch ups. Again, I met some great new people.
Assisting is an amazing way of learning how this industry works without the responsibility falling on you and you messing up because you have never been in a certain situation before.