Book Review: Assisting Rules! by DeShawn Hatcher

Are you new to the industry like me? Then you NEED this book!

In it the author and makeup industry veteran DeShawn Hatcher spells out exactly what you need to do if you want to start assisting senior artists. Going over everything from set etiquette to doing your market research to emailing the artists you would like to assist, you will find it all in this book.  She lays out golden rules that should be obvious, but may not be to some artists, such as not trying to connect with your key artists clients behind their back. It's a serious no-no. 

Additionally, this book isn't just information, but also provides multiple activities to work through in order to continue your learning. 

If you want to learn and grow as an artist, and further your career, read this book and take its lessons to heart!

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** I purchased this book with my own money and all opinions are my own. I receive no compensation from the above links. **

Reflection and Growth

Something I think is an invaluable skill for a makeup artist, and especially as a new freelancer, is self reflection.

After each photoshoot, job, or test I sit down and ask myself a few questions.

  • How do I feel the the event went?
  • What could I have done better?
  • Were there any challenges?
  • Was there any direction, application technique or product that caused me trouble?
  • Is there something specific I want to improve on?
  • What did I learn?

I do the same thing once I receive the images from the event with the addition of a few questions.

  • Did the makeup translate on camera how I thought it would?
  • How about the colors and intensity?
  • Did the makeup work with the lighting appropriately?
  • For longer events, did the makeup last as long as it needed to?
  • Is the makeup as symmetrical as possible?
  • Should I have added more or less product anywhere?
  • Did the photographer or client have any specific notes?

Sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and environment of a job and not realize until afterwards you could have made better decisions. I find that taking the time to write down the answers to these questions causes me to really analyze the work I have done and be able to learn and grow from every experience I have. 

How do you challenge yourself to learn and grow? Let me know down below!

Until next time,

~ Natalie