Does working as hair & make-up artist in the film industry appeal to you? Do you want to learn on what it takes to get into it? If yes, then my interview with Catherine Heys is going to be essential listening for you. Throughout this episode today we’re delving deep into all the things you really need to know about when it comes to working in this side of the industry as a hair & make-up artist.

With over 20 years experience as a hair and make-up artist, Catherine was born into a family of film makers (her mum is a hair & make-up artist and step dad and brother working in the camera department) and has only ever wanted to go into the film industry. Working on movie blockbusters such as the Harry Potter series, Kingsman, Saving Private Ryan and Solo: A Star Wars Story, Catherine is a seasoned pro when it comes to working in the film industry, so who better to talk too on this subject than herself.

Travelled the world and worked 80 hour weeks, Catherine has stood in mud, worked in blizzards, and survived the harsh heat of desserts – it would be fair to say that it’s not an easy industry to work in, but one that brings so many amazing opportunities.

I know you’re going to love hearing Catherine’s story as she will share with you all the highs and lows to working in this demanding, but, hugely rewarding industry. Let’s jump straight in!

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Special thanks to Catherine Heys for joining me today. Until next time!

Today’s Guest

Catherine studied hair, make-up , beauty therapy and wig making for three years at college. During this time, she worked in salons on Saturdays which was great experience. On leaving , Catherine took her first step on to the career ladder and became a beauty therapist in a top hotel. After a year, Catherine was offered a post with Clarins on their account development team which involved running promotions over the country. After 3 years , it was time to follow her ultimate dream working as a hair and make-up artist in the film industry and her first project was being a part of a Stephen Spielberg film.

Show notes:

Here’s some of what we cover in this interview

  • 3 min 19 sec: Heads up on Catherine Heys
  • 4 min 55 sec: Some of the films Catherine has worked in
  • 6 min 43 sec: Explanation to what a second unit is in the film industry
  • 11 min 53 sec: Going to college to learn hairdressing and beauty
  • 15 min 26 sec: Difference to doing film hair to hair in the salon
  • 18 min 04 sec: Who directs the looks design for each scene
  • 19 min 19 sec: Areas of work Catherine sees her strength in
  • 22 min 31 sec: Hours you could expect working as a hair and make-up artist in the film industry
  • 24 min 15 sec: Why it’s really useful being able to cut mens hair
  • 25 min 45 sec: Can school leavers go straight into the film industry as a hair and make-up artist
  • 29 min 21 sec: What Catherine really enjoys about working in the film industry
  • 31 min 31 sec: What could you earn as a hair and make-up artist in the film industry
  • 33 min 41 sec: Types of employment
  • 35 min 02 sec: Catherine’s mantra to working on selected jobs offered
  • 37 min 46 sec: Timeframes between working and not working on jobs
  • 39 min 50 sec: Researching private schools that specialise in hair and make-up for the film industry
  • 43 min 03 sec: What you have to be to make it in the film industry
  • 45 min 35 sec: Being nominated for an Emmy award
  • 48 min 21 sec: Catherine’s mother Pauline Heys

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