Where to search for makeup gigs: I found a model test shoot while browsing Craigslist...YEP.

Sometimes last minute cancelations happen, especially during covid times.

Good luck happened upon me when I used an old tried and true method for searching for gigs, on yes... Craigslist. One thing that I consider when searching for makeup gigs is WHO is looking for an artist and WHERE they may search or post listings. Not every seasoned professional is searching for makeup artists on Instagram.

One day while on a commercial shoot, in a building over looking Lollapalooza, I thought to myself, how do the artists at Lolla source their makeup artists? What if a makeup artist dropped out last minute... maybe they were sick, maybe they missed their flight... where would the managers go to find a makeup artist last minute?

I followed my intuition and searched makeup artist gigs on Craigslist. While I did not find a gig asking for a makeup artist to do Miley Cyrus, I did find an amazing listing and landed a model testing gig with BMG Models. This gig wasn't my normal day rate but it promised photos for my portfolio and was being photographed by the AMAZING photographer Udo Spreitzenbarth. More than anything this gig was a HUGE OPPORTUNITY that has been on my makeup bucket list since I was a child.

The shoot went well and I worked very hard to prove my worth, I am proud to say that next month, I will be headed to New York to work with this amazing team again.

Below are some behind-the-scenes photos I took on the set of the shoot in Chicago.

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