RACHAEL BROOK: HAIR & MAKE UP ARTIST
I was always curious as to what a day in the life of a makeup artist involved, and after chatting to Rach about her career on a photo shoot I met her at last year, I was well informed! She got picked up by an agency to represent her at the age of 19 and with loads of experience now works on photo shoots across leading publications + more in Australia. There's no limits when you're set to chase your dreams.
What’s on your bedside table?A pile of books, a framed photograph of my boyfee & I on top of those, a beautiful mosaic red glass Hindu lamps that I collected in Bali and my two bottles of my favourite perfumes.How would you spend your last $100? I would go to my local café with my bestie, buy some chocolate dipped strawberries and a virgin lychee mojito, then I would probably ‘invest’ whatever is remaining in a new addition for my wardrobe.Current obsessions:Fresh flowers, cushions, meditation, watermelon, snuggling my pup Iggy and spending my money on clothes, clothes, more clothes… Oh and gangster music! How did your career in Make up all begin?I met the amazing make up artist Rae Morris when I was 12 or 13 on an advertisement that was being filmed at my house. I picked her brain for the 2 days she was here and asked if I could work for her. Apparently 13 years old is too young to leave school so instead I emailed her on a (very) regular basis to make sure she remembered me, until I was old enough to do work experience with her in 2005 when I turned 15. From there I left school, had make up lessons with Rae and continued to assist her for around three and a half years.Did you study any course/s?I did a handful of private make up lessons with Rae Morris, learning all the necessary basics of make up, then completed a Certificate III in hairdressing.Favourite and least favourite parts of your job? Favourites: Getting to work with people who inspire me on a daily basis, working in some amazing locations, seeing my work printed in a magazine, reposted on a blog, or on a poster in a shop window - that gives me the biggest thrill! My least favourite part, hands down, is dragging my kit around. It weighs 40kgs+. I also don’t really enjoy setting my alarm for 4am, but once I see the beautiful sunrise and we start shooting, it all becomes worth it.
A day in the life of Rach...I don’t live near the city, so I generally have to wake up fairly early, usually around 5am. I do a quick meditation, make my morning smoothie and jump in the car for my long journey to work, whether it may be in a studio or on location. Once I arrive at work I chat to the client about what we are doing, have a look at their references and outfits for the day so we can work out the looks we want to do. Hair and make up generally goes for an hour and a half - to two hours, depending on the technicality of the look.We then shoot up until lunch time, then have a short break for a bite to eat. I hang around the shoot all day to do touch ups and after lunch we continue the shoot until all the shots are done. I drive home before dark (hopefully) so I can take my pup for a walk!What’s next? I am currently working very hard on the launch of my new (self titled) beauty blog. I’m spending any spare time I have planning shoots, checking final designs, organizing business cards, gathering references and sourcing products. Stay tuned...3 tips of advice for budding make-up artists: Be dedicated: Make sure you are one hundred percent focused on becoming a make up artist before you even spend money on doing a make up course. It’s a lot of hard work, unpaid work in fact, early starts and it takes years to start earning money. I’m saying this because I’ve seen a lot of girls who start make up courses thinking this industry is all about freebies, celebrities and hanging out on photo shoots (yes there is a lot of this as well, but it takes years to get to this) then once they realize its actual hard work and dedication, they give up.Assist: Find a make up artist whose work you admire and offer to assist them. Be the best assistant you can be – be on time, be switched on, and be interested. Assisting is the very best way to learn about the skills you need, and the industry.Always be friendly to those you meet: They may be assistants now, but one day they will be the ones running the shoot and booking you for their jobs.I know you said 3 but this one is super important – learn hairstyling. It’s the only way to get work in Australia as we mostly get booked to do both hair & make up on photo shoots, especially when you first start.
All Photos: Sent from Rach to The Love Assembly