UK training organization ScreenSkills is calling on hairstylists and makeup artists experienced in working with dark hair and makeup for people of color to join the film and television industry with a new training initiative.
The first cycle of the training program will have 16 places and will end with paid internships on high-end TV productions in spring 2022, for companies such as Netflix and ITV Studios.
ScreenSkills targets hairstylists and makeup artists working in areas such as black hair salons, photo shoots, wedding beauty salons, department stores, music videos, live events and theater. All applicants will need extensive experience working with dark hair or with makeup for people of color, although applicants are not expected to have both.
The training is funded by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund and the internships are supported by the High-end TV Skills Fund, both investing industry contributions from productions made in the UK.
“We’re sure there are people who have experience in dark hair and makeup for people of color who would be brilliant for the movie and TV industry if we could speed them up – creating a greater diversity of teams behind the camera to match the changes happening onscreen, ”said Seetha Kumar, CEO of ScreenSkills.
Paapa Essiedu, star of the BBC / HBO series I can destroy you, added, “When I first started playing my white peers were just getting their hair cut and makeup done for them. My hair wasn’t the same. I should take some time in it. my day and using my budget to go to the hairdresser. My time was not seen as being of the same value as my peers. It seems like a great initiative. I hope it will attract people into the industry who do not. have never known how to fit in before.
A free online introduction to Hair and Makeup for Film and TV and how the training program works will take place on January 20.