I'm doing a course in make-up and planning to try and do wedding/special occasion/prom make-up as a bit of a hobby. I don't particularly envisage making a living from it, I just love make-up and fancy doing it as a sideline.
I just wondered how much work there is out there in the wedding/occasion area? Is it busy? It seems to be, but would be interested to hear what you think, and how long it took you to build a reputation.
Hey, I'm not a MUA but I'm a wedding photographer. Your best bet is maybe to try and contact local photographers in your area who may want to do their own styled shoots, which is when they use a model, so they may need someone to do the makeup. That way it gives you experience and hopefully some photographs from the photographer to have for your portfolio. The wedding industry is a difficult one to crack, I'm still learning and trying to lol.
Thanks for your reply. I hadn't thought of contacting photographers - was hoping to do make-up for friends and try and get work by word of mouth, but it's worth thinking about tying in with other wedding suppliers.
I will need to be in touch with some photographers shortly anyway for another venture so might be interesting to chat to them about it.
I will get a portfolio (of some sort) as part of the course - I need to build one for the assessment. Hopefully I will have lots of willing victims volunteers for make-up so that I can get before/after photos.
DH fortunately can build me a website as he is in t'interweb business - I just hope I will be good at it, as if I don't feel that I can do a brilliant job I won't do it at all. I think I will be okay at it - I LOVE it.