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  1. Default Make up artist pay scale 
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    I was told that there was a thread a while back about this, but I didn't know how far back. I was curious to know what everyone pays for their make up artists? For those that only apply make up before you open your shows, what type of pay scale is usually expected?

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    Usually it depends on the artist. We pay our artist about 20.00 a night. Is this what you wanted to know?
     

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    For 20 dollars a night, you couldnt get me to stop laughing long enough to put makeup on anyone.....
    Now for the record allow me to throw this out there.... FX MAKEUP can make or break a show, Ive said it before, for any shows that do not pay their artists what they are worth.................. PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT
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    It seems pay would depend on the quailty of work and length of time that the artist works. For example, a beginner artist who just throws a little latex on the people and maybe some basic grease makeup and blood and is there for 1-2 hours before the haunt opens should not expect to be paid much. However, If you get a top notch artist who is busting thier butt for 3-4 hours before the doors opens and is doing some top of the line work like Geoff Beck or Jason from Bodybagging, should get paid well. If the artist is also acting at night, they should be paid for their acting AND for the makeup jobs imho....
    www.atheateroflostsouls.com Or if you need makeup or supplies www.abramagic.com


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    Hey whos this Jason guy at Bodybagging? LOL

    The Last paid gig I got as a FX artist, I made 5000 for the season, during my time there I not only did the FX, I also trained the Actors to do their own FX, before the end of the season, I wasnt really needed.
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    We aren't a huge haunt we don't need to charge them to much. They do a great job. It usually only takes them 45 minutes to do all the actors. I was just saying how much I paid mine.
     

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    Shredman, wasnt anything personal towards you, but I think that FX artists are the most underpaid, overworked, unappreciated, members, of the Haunt community.
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    I agree, 20 is way to low, I think the going rate for a makeup artist at a highend haunt would be a minimum of 150.
     

  9. Default I say Hell yeah!!! 
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    Rob - I wholeheartedly agree!! I myself have NEVER been paid what I'm worth, ever. It sucks. And I'm a pretty good makeup artist, if I don't say so myself! I would pass out to make $5000 per season. I was the cast manager, bookkeeper, actor and head make up artist and made a hell of a lot less than that... I was hosed! LOL
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    Wow, thanks guys that really brought out several different thoughts and opinions. Our person we're considering is someone who enjoys applying make up, does a decent job, but by no means a professional. I think these days there are some people who know a few simple techniques and try to pass themselves off as fx artists expecting fx artist rates, at least this is what I have been told. A true artist deserves more, but the vast majority of haunts can not afford what they are worth I would think....

    So, do you normally set up your payment on a nightly or weekly time table, or a flat sum for the season's work?

    Thanks everyone,
    Darkangel


    PS: Jason(Bodybagging) I would love to see some samples of your work. Is there a site for me to see? Thanks!
     

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