Hollywood North is Remains on Top
If doing makeup for film and television is what you’ve always dreamed of, then here’s to dreams coming true!
While the Vancouver film industry is not immune to the ups and downs that other industries experience, it’s time to settle in for an extended high. Hollywood North is in action full swing and there is no end to the production boom in sight.
Dozens of shows are slated to shoot throughout the summer months alone, creating thousands of jobs for production staff- makeup artists included! Hollywood features and TC shows frequently flock to Vancouver to film, for instance the series “Arrow” which has poured over $360-million dollars into the BC film industry over 5 seasons. You can see how many productions are being filmed locally by checking out the BC film production list.
While you may be in the early stages of earning your credits to get into the union, don’t be discouraged to think you aren’t ready to get on set. With all of the blockbusters and prime-time television series taking up the more experienced crews in Vancouver, huge opportunities exist for newer makeup artists to break onto the scene. Vancouver has a strong independent film production scene with work in film, music videos, commercials, movies of the week (MOW), and TV series aired on Canadian networks. Most independent content productions are non-union shoots which provide great opportunities for entry-level makeup artists.
Don’t be too quick to discount shows aired on smaller networks such as the W Network, HGTV, and Slice. Everyone has to start somewhere and these networks all have shows that are shot locally and need makeup artists for both the hosts and on-camera guests. These are paid jobs that count toward union credits. YVRshoots.com is a resourceful site that keeps you in the know on what is shooting around town.
There has never been a better time to pursue a career in film and television in Vancouver. The boom is only starting, and with no end in sight there is unlimited potential in how far you can go. Time to clean up your brushes and settle in for a very busy year ahead. Good luck to you all!
JCI has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter into the marketplace. During the 10-month full time program, students study everything from glamour and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal and professional growth potential.
John Casablancas is the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theater.
This post was written by Jennine Cook, JCI’s Makeup Industry Liaison.