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60Network She I Autumn/Winter 2012The saying "being in the right place at the right time" has everything to do with getting into the TV industry and especially my job as a TV make-Up Artist. You have to be competent, of course, but the old adage definitely fits the bill here.People always want to know how to get into TV and film but there really is no one answer or one route. You must be confident and a self-starter but respectful and understated at the same time, a tricky balance sometimes but nobody wants to spend twelve hours a day in a studio with someone they're not keen on so the reality is that your personality, punctuality and availability will count as much as your make up skills. I work regularly on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow up and down the country, it's a long day, sometimes up to 12 hours standing in cold stately homes with a constant trickle of people coming through for makeup. You have to be able to have a sense of humour in those kinds of situations to be able to deal with presenters who are under pressure and nervous members of the public, while having a runner breathing down your neck asking how long you're going to be! Discretion is paramount and keeping a cool outward appearance even if you're feeling rushed is vital. Not all members of the public want to be interviewed on television so having their makeup done is a chance for you to reassure them and calm them down. I find people tell me their life history and details about their families all in a short ten minutes! They tell me about family rifts and secrets, heirlooms and personal worries so it's a very intimate relationship you make with people in a very short space of time. Like any freelance work it's a case of survival of the fittest. You won't last long if you don't respect your colleagues, especially those with more experience than you. Set etiquette is extremely important when working in TV and film and something you only really learn on the job. Seemingly small things like knowing where to stand on set, when to talk and when to be quiet. Don't play with your phone and pay attention! Discretion is paramount when dealing with actors and they need to feel they can trust you especially in Make-Up and Costume. You Fake it and MAKE ITTV make-up artist Charlotte Parry Jones reveals how she learned tricks of the trade and has managed to be a success as a freelancer in one of the most competitive jobs

www.networkshe.com61which is a fantastic way to learn about all the departments needed to make a production. I always wanted to be involved in film in some respect. From an early age I loved watching the 'making of' programmes rather than the actual films themselves. All the behind the scenes work that goes into a film or TV production, all the different crew, the writing, the time spent organising the whole thing was always fascinating to me. I come from a mixed academic background. After leaving school I went to University and gained a degree in Educational Psychology and English Literature but always thought about my love of film and art and how to combine my passions. Growing up I always had a stack of Vogue magazines in my bedroom and posters of super models with all the latest looks on the wall next to billboard film posters so looking back now I guess it all headed in the direction to being a Film and TV make-up Artist. I started off in the industry after doing a film and TV Make-Up course at www.schoolofmakeup.co.uk in Manchester which make up department for tampax, plasters, toothbrushes, deodorant, toothpicks, mosquito repellent! You name it, we're asked for it, I sometimes feel like a walking chemist!There is a hierarchy of sorts on set which is largely unspoken but again with experience you soon get to know who's who. Basically respect all departments and realise everyone on a film set has a value, purpose and a job to do and you will not go far wrong. That runner you've just ordered to get you a coffee and demanded they carry your bags could be a Producer in a few years deciding whether to hire you or not! Many people begin their careers as a runner may hear conversations between politicians for example that are 'off the record' or sports commentators giving their real opinion off camera. Of course, you learn by your mistakes and faux pas aplenty. For example, never gossip with your actor if they're wearing radio microphones, your sound mixer will hear every word! To do it once is an error but to keep on doing it is a grave error!There are funny incidents too. When a colleague of mine was doing hair and make up for a well known presenter at a live outdoor performance and left her eyelashes out on the table ready to put on, she popped to the loo and when she came back ,as they were outdoors backstage, the eyelashes had blown away! The presenter was not happy. I've ended up doing a full make up with my fingers because I've forgotten my brushes and pretended that's how I prefer to do it! I once used whatever gel I could find in my bag and pretended it was heat protector as the veteran X Factor star adamantly insisted on it before I straightened his short hair. I hope I didn't do any lasting damage, I told him the sizzling noise was the hair product not his hair! It's not just make up we supply either, people come to the The Tricks of the trade. Menthol stick is used to produce fake tears. Cornflakes and oats make great scabs mixed with fake blood. No dry shampoo? Use talc. Always use a primer or anti shine product under foundation to prevent shiny skin. Everlasting lips- use pencil then layer lipstick and blot with powder in between each layerDid youknow?I've ended up doing a full make up with my fingers because I've forgotten my brushes and pretended that's how I prefer to do itCharlotte Parry Jones