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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 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

62Network She I Autumn/Winter 2012supporting artists on set they ran out of time to film their scenes in the end, but great experience for me. Also be prepared for anything anywhere and to leave at the drop of a hat. I had to drive all over Wales and climb up mountains with just an evening's notice once to work on Weatherman Walking which I assumed would just be a few touch ups at the start of a path but it turned out we actually did all the walks in all weathers, so always bring wet weather gear and climbing boots, even if you think you're just there to powder a nose. Not getting back to people swiflty will lose you jobs though as productions companies don't have time to waste and need to crew jobs quickly. Working as a freelancer can be exciting not knowing what jobs are around the corner but equally can be frustrating. I had just committed myself to a contract on a job when I got a phone call from a production company asking if I was available the next day to film with girl group 'The Saturdays'. Sadly I had to say no rather than let down the other job. There's always next time.On any course you learn the basics and some specialised skills but it's only when you start actually working that you really learn and develop your own style. You learn by trial and error, you learn from your more experienced colleagues and you learn about your own strengths and weaknesses from each new job that you do. You're not going to be amazing at everything so learn to maximise your strengths and accept that everyone has a different style and pace. It's taken me quite a few years to get to that point and realise you can't do everything.gave me the basic knowledge and kit to start looking for work. I contacted photographers and production companies looking for experience and eventually after the inevitable succession of unpaid jobs I started getting paid work and being called back to do more on the same productions. I remember I got one of my first jobs on Casualty after spotting the large BBC trucks on location and just literally knocking on one of the truck doors and leaving my number, thinking that was the end of that. A couple of days later I got a phone call from the Make-Up Designer asking if I could come down and do a couple of days with them as one of their usual make-up artists was sick. I learned about mixing blood and bruising from some very experienced people on that job, but after a day of 'injuring' all the Charlotte Parry Jones with TV presenter Gethin Jones