How Do You Know What Hair & Make-Up Course To Choose?

 It seems blindingly obvious that there should be a business out there offering world-class masterclasses from top-line industry experts but as recently as 2012, there wasn’t. One such industry expert, Ailie Smith, noticed there was a gap in the industry for a platform where professionals could learn from experts to practise and enhance their skills and decided to do something about it with Creative Media Skills. What she did was transform the teaching of such specialised skills and here at PAM, we’re mighty glad she did!


Kate picks up the story. ‘Their ethos – to facilitate training and knowledge to empower us here in the UK to be the best in the world – means they specialise in luring the crème de la crème of the make up world to impart their knowledge to us as working MUAs.’


Ailie used 15 years’ worth of experience and a heaving contacts book to bring the biggest ‘behind the scenes’ names, the most creative department heads and the most innovative and talented artists who command respect and, in some cases worship, together ‘with the aim of giving them a platform to pass on their lifelong skills, knowledge and hands-on tutoring to the next generation.’


We’re talking about the most famous names in hair, make-up, costume, props, greens, stunts, art and much, much more. Many of whom multi-award winning but all of whom happy to teach, coach and mentor the future of our industry.


With bases both at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire and at Pinewood Wales in Cardiff, Creative Media Skills has grown into a strong, energetic and dynamic business and in the few short years since 2012 they have trained over 800 up-and-coming artists across the UK and over 200 of them have gone on to work on almost 50 of the UK’s largest-scale film productions including Spectre, Exodus, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cinderella, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and Pan.


Since PAM reorganised, we have made a concerted effort to get under the skin of our business and to find out what really makes it tick and CEO Ailie, Manager Facundo and their wonderful team are one such company making the industry tick and they are now a vital component in making sure the UK is at the forefront of what we do.


This company-crush has led us into a partnership with CMS where we are offering a 10% discount to PAM customers who book Pro or Intro courses with them. In addition, we will have a small concession at their studios in case anyone runs out of the essentials, including the people who may be shooting feature films there!


The next course is called Character Makeup & Prosthetics Application. It lasts five days (27 – 31 March) which includes character make-up and covering, bald caps, ageing, laying on facial hair, prosthetic application and character design.


The course is run by industry legend Luigi Rocchetti whose credits include Scorsese’s Gangs of New York (di Caprio, Diaz, Day-Lewis), U-571 (McConaughey, Paxton, Keitel), The Devil’s Advocate (Pacino, Theron, Reeves) and the 2016 remake of Ben-Hur starring Jack Huston and Morgan Freeman.


If you’re looking for the best courses in the industry, Creative Media Skills have them and you can read the latest version of their newsletter here. While you’re at it, make sure you subscribe!

Posted: 17th Mar 17

How Do You Know What Hair & Make-Up Course To Choose?