There is no one rule that fits all, particularly not in today’s market. There is a lot of advice available, but is all advice good advice? I have been a working pro media makeup artist for over 20 years, and a makeup educator for over a decade. Makeup is a FUN job – to be sure – but it is a job and without knowing the rules of engagement it’s hard to make it into a career. I have seen and experienced the changes of the makeup profession first hand. Not only is my own career ongoing to this day, but many of my students are enjoying their own fruitful makeup careers. Let me help you cut through the noise, discover a path that’s right for you, and give you the tools to get started or to elevate to a new level successfully.
Getting great jobs begins with having a great book – aka Your Portfolio.
Gain insight into the expectations of a professional makeup artist’s portfolio – both content and presentation – so that you can confidently approach and book new opportunities. This is no quick once-over. We go through page by page, photo by photo to take a look at what’s working and what might need a change so that you can level up.
Sometimes you just need someone to talk to…
More than just talk, however, The Sounding Board is a targeted 1-on-1 conversation designed to help you through a specific need or roadblock. Conducted via webcam, we will talk through whatever ails you and come up with a plan to get your journey moving forward.
These hands-on sessions are perfect for beginners to get an overview of the basics, or for more established artists to refine their skills for makeup for photography. Few things excite me more than to watch someone’s artistry bloom. Let’s take the next steps in your career together!
(this Service is available in the Greater Los Angeles Area only. For other cities, please contact us to arrange a special booking)
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“I have trained with multiple artists and none of them compare to Russell’s ability to give you the professional artist’s trained eye and knowledge to run your own business. While taking her advanced courses I developed many skills I reference on EVERY job. She is the main reason I continue booking on a continues basis and has provided me with countless tips on how to keep pushing through the highs and lows of this business. I don’t know where I would be right now if I didn’t attend her classes and I look up to her as the best mentor I have ever had. Take her workshops/classes you have everything to gain!”
“Tania Russell has helped me grow tremendously as a Makeup Artist over the last year. I met her at Blush School of Makeup in San Francisco where she taught me how to Airbrush, Runway Makeup and Photography Makeup. Tania’s classes are no-nonsense, informative, to the point and most importantly relevant in today’s makeup industry.
If you want real education that works, where you know you will get results- use Tania. I did, and now I am working in an industry I love.”
“I had Tania Russell as my instructor at the Blush School of Makeup during 2013-2014. She taught our runway, HD, photography, and airbrush courses. She was by far one of my favorite teachers at Blush. Tania
would always give good, honest critiques and would have me redo my work
until we got the result she knew I was capable of. She would also
challenge me to push my comfort level and try other styles that I was
not familiar with. Tania is a wonderful teacher with a wealth of
knowledge and a magnetic energy. I learned so much under her instruction
and anyone would be very lucky to have Tania as a teacher.”