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How To Be a Beauty School Drop-in

A Southern California-based beauty, education, and staffing expert offers her advice to those considering a career in makeup artistry.
 
By Christina M. Kane
 
Deciding on a career as a hair, makeup or fashion stylist can be life changing, but understanding the necessary steps along your chosen path is all-important at the outset.
 
Breaking into this competitive business requires talent, a passion for, and knowledge of, color and tone, and an objective eye for fashion and style. While careers in this industry may seem glamorous and exciting, it is important to remember that this is a demanding area of business just like any other. Assuming that you have what it takes, you can get started on your way to a satisfactory career – as well as earning a significant rate of pay - as soon as you have a little experience and a good portfolio.
 
GET TO KNOW THE BUSINESS
Regardless of your skills, it is important to understand the various aspects of the industry in order to decide on the area that is right for you. There are several disciplines, and while some of them overlap, a lot of areas are quite specialized. Artists should start by carefully examining the area of the business that attracts and excites them. Some budding artists we meet want to work specifically in daytime soap operas, for example, while others find themselves involved with feature films or other areas of television work. Many artists work for magazines, television commercials, or high-fashion runway shows, some with celebrities and alongside high-profile photographers. Some adventurous and artistically creative artists specialize in special effects, creating the incredible creative images that we see in movies and on TV everyday.
 
Whatever your aspirations, your advancement is possible once you have become familiar with the different career choices available. The next step is to have access to the critical tools of your trade, and to gain the required knowledge to utilize them...
 

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Fall 2013

A Message for the Parents

When a child dreams of becoming a big star in the entertainment industry, focusing on that goal can actually open more options than expected.

By Adam Hill

 

Summer 2013

Picture Perfect

Taking the right headshot is an important decision for any aspiring actor or model.

By Adam Hill

 

Spring 2013

Use Your Imagination

As children we learn to develop our creative skills, and to become a great actor it might just help to channel your youth.

By Adam Hill

 

Winter 2012

IT’S TIME TO STUDY

Many people are familiar with the art of acting, but they’re lost when it comes to actually preparing and learning.

By Adam Hill

 

Fall 2012

To Each His Own

It’s fine to emulate the celebrities that you admire, but the most important thing you can do is embrace your own unique qualities.

By Adam Hill

 

Summer 2012

Following Your Bliss

Doing whatever it takes to be happy shouldn’t have to be an unreasonable goal for anyone in the entertainment industry.

By Adam Hill

 

Spring 2012

Getting over your Fears

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself... unless you can learn to conquer it and move on to success.

By Adam Hill

 

Winter 2011

Your Real Victories

By simply working to achieve your dreams, you’re taking away your critics’ ability to call you a loser.

By Adam Hill

 

Fall 2011

Off to Work you Go

You could learn a lot about work ethic and a positive outlook by taking a page from Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs.

By Adam Hill

 

Summer 2011

It's All about Objectives

When we play characters we set goals for them, and that should be no different when it comes to our real lives.

By Adam Hill

 

Spring 2011

Exposing your Self Image

A positive self esteem can go a long way in the entertainment industry, as long as you don’t let negativity get in your way.

By Adam Hill

 

Winter 2010

It’s a Scary World Out There

When it comes to selecting an acting coach or teacher, there’s no true way to protect yourself from the phonies.

By Adam Hill

 

Fall 2010

Picturing Your Success

By acting like a professional, you’ll be able to win over entertainment professionals and achieve your career goals.

By Adam Hill

 

Summer 2010

Making the Sacrifice

In order to achieve your dreams, you have to be willing to do whatever is necessary.

By Adam Hill

 

Spring 2010

Best Friends Forever

In the entertainment industry, success is only as strong as the bond between the talent and the supporting cast.

By Jim Purdy

 

 

Winter 2009

Knowing your Role

If you're an actor, model or music artist, your success ultimately relies on your dedication and passion for being prepared.

By Jim Purdy

 

Fall 2009

She’s an American Girl

Jasmine Murray’s experience as Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen helped prepare her for American Idol fame.

By Ashley Burns

 

 

Spring 2009

Knowledge is power

It doesn’t matter which industry you’re looking to break into—if you don’t do your homework, you’ll find most doors are shut.

By Tisha Savage

 

Summer 2008

Nailing the Interview

Total success through self-confidence, personality and a rock solid delivery.

By Lisa Maile

 

Winter 2007

Why Not YOU?

Pageants can bring out the best in someone looking for an entertainment/showbiz-industry career, but they also can create a few initial pitfalls to success. Here’s how to deal with it.

By Bob Luke

 

Fall 2007

Waiting in the Wings

Miss Teen USA 2003 Tami Farrell teaches lessons that all star-struck hopefuls should know by heart. By Tami Farrell, Miss Teen USA 2003

 

Summer 2007

Billboard's Dance-hit Queen

By learning the art of competition through pageantry, Kristine W went from small-town Miss Washington to breaking Madonna’s record for consecutive hits atop the Billboard Club Play chart.

By Scott Kearnan

 

Winter 2006

Breaking into Showbiz - Authoring Your Success

As this pageant-savvy agent tells it, your Hollywood destiny rests in your own hands as well as with other key industry players. Knowing your part in the process can make all the difference.

By Dawn Reese

 

Fall 2006

Breaking into Showbiz - The Nine

School of success: Nine young breakthrough actors shine a reality spotlight on what it takes to fulfill dreams of becoming Hollywood stars. Their experience teaches lessons any up-and-coming performer can use.

 

Summer 2006

Who Am I?

Every promising performing artist asks themself that single question. Our veteran SAG/AFTRA actor/instructor guides you toward the answer in this virtual classroom based on his own decades-long stage and screen career.

By Perren Page

 

Spring 2006

It's All In The Packaging

Seeking success as a performer or model isn’t easy, right? This international runway model and actress knows just how you feel — and she’s grateful to teach you her success secrets.

By Suzanne Von Schaack

 

Winter 2005

Profiles in Acting

These women will tell you what the job is really all about... and how you can get started, too!

By Cathrine Goldstein

 

Fall 2005

The ‘Instant Success’ of Tyler Patrick Jones

A 7-year-old boy discovered at a birthday party becomes a major acting prodigy in a matter of months.

By Martin Weiss

 

Summer 2005

The Career Can Wait Until You Educate

We think we know actors and understand the mechanics of their profession. It looks glamorous and appealing. It looks effortless! It ain’t.

By Konnie Kittrell

 

Spring 2005

Pop Music’s Woes Good News for New Acts

Music-industry groove master Gary Haase explains why the record industry's song-downloading daze may provide the greatest chance in decades to spin the rock ’n’ roll roulette wheel — and win big!

By Gary Haase

 

Winter 2004

Here We Come, Commercials, TV & Film! But How?

A talent manager and specialist in child performers explains the teamwork needed to maximize a young star’s Hollywood success.

By T.J. Stein

 

Fall 2004

How To Be a Beauty School Drop-in

A Southern California-based beauty, education, and staffing expert offers her advice to those considering a career in makeup artistry.

By Christina M. Kane

 

Summer 2004

Breaking Into Showbiz: A Master’s Class in Acting

Throughout the 20th century, the actors’ art has had a number of innovative, if prickly, practitioners. Adam Hill advises you to learn from all of them.

By Adam Hill

 

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