Make-up artist training courses – Conditions
Who is cut out to be a make-up artist? It does not matter to Klaus Boerrnert whether a trainee make-up artist comes from one of the core professions such as hair-dressing or window dressing or whether the student comes from the Academy of Fine Arts. What counts is talent and the will to succeed.
Nothing can illustrate that talent and the high standards which Klaus Boerrnert sets for his students better than a review of the various stations of his own professional training and career.
The show must go on!
But without make-up-artists very little goes. Especially on stages, in opera, musicals, movies, TV, photo and show productions, they are indispensable. At make-up school they learn to change the face of an actor to reflect youth, old age, sweetness, or the bizarre. Every mask has to fit – from a bitter face to the everlasting grin of a Cheshire cat. This is a must to start a successful career as a make-up artist.
The students take challenging make-up courses. At the end of their apprenticeship the make-up artists are able to develop designing concepts and calculate the costs for the making of a mask. They can outline concepts, craft make-up, design types of characters and realize special effects.
For this reason applicants should have endurance as well as artistic aptitude. Technical, art-historical and cultural know-how are also necessary in order to develop characters – real, animal or fantasy-figures – of any given era.