In a nutshell...help, help.. I'm in a nutshell!! –
After reading all of the posts, I come to a few basic conclusions.
1. You get what you pay for, unless you luck out and get talent for peanuts.
2. Check out the artist, make them do makeup in front of you (as the BS in a biz like ours in neck deep)
3. In this day and age - multi task, make yourself worth more by doing more.
4. Haunt owners - teach yourself how to be an artist and you'll get it for free. And realize that the consumers of today have high standards (thanks to CGI in movies in my opinion) and bad makeup can really crap out an event.
And a side note - actually talk to the people that your artist/actor has worked for. As we all know in any profession, a resume can be enhanced to make someone out to be more than they are. I have been BS'd inthe past and wow did that cause me twice as much work and three times as much headache!
And tell the makeup artist up front what you can and can't pay them, then it's their decision if they want the job or not!
The thing that sucks is that it is a buisness, and in these times budgets can suck.
That's my summation, and I'm sticking to it!
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