TWO James Watt College make-up artist students gained some unique work experience, when they helped convert the Proclaimers into old ladies for their recent video.
Chelsea Smith and Jennifer McCann had the opportunity to attend the shoot for ‘Spinning Around In The Air’ and help with the radical transformation of twins Charlie and Craig Reid.
Chelsea said: “Our lecturer, Isobel Donald asked the class if anyone would be interested in gaining some work experience, but wouldn’t tell us what it was. Myself and Jennifer volunteered and were delighted to hear what it was for. Isobel was a make-up artist for the shoot.
“It was a great experience to be on set and watch everyone at work. I gained a good understanding of how to put into practice what I have been learning on my course and learned about the role of a make-up artist on set. The video is a satire on a Golden Wedding party and we were also lucky enough to be asked to be extras on the video. The Proclaimers themselves were really nice guys, everyone was so down to earth and made us feel very welcome.”
Isobel said: “I was working as the wigs mistress and one of four make-up artists on-set, so thought it would be beneficial for some of the students to attend as it would be great experience for them to put on their CV. It gave the girls a great insight into what it entails to pull a video shoot like this together and see how hard everyone works in the industry. Our day started at 6am and finished at midnight and we were on our feet constantly with long periods of waiting around. It’s not all glitz and glamour, but it’s worth it for the excitement, buzz and job satisfaction that working as a makeup artist brings.”
Both girls completed a Higher National Diploma in Make-up Artistry at the college. James Watt College offers a range of courses in this field, which will appeal to anyone wanting to work in fashion and photographic make-up, retail, TV, film or theatre.