A Day in the Life of a Freelance Makeup Artist

Sorry I have not been posting much lately. I was in Florida last weekend, and leading up to my departure I was insanely busy. The pace has really picked up for me these past two weeks. Between working as a makeup artist (day player) on the television series, Dallas, plus working on the promos for TNT Drama, I’ve had very little spare time. What free time there was, I spent working with my designer on the new logo and header for Adventures of a Carry-on.

Last Wednesday I was working on Dallas, and we were filming outside at an electrical power station, on a lake, about five stories up in the air. I’m not sure what the exact temperature was, but the windchill made it feel like 20 degrees farenhiet – and most people think working on a television show is glamorous. With gale force winds whipping my hair around my face, my eyes watering, my nose running, and wearing a hard hat, I did not feel one little bit glamorous.

power plant

So imagine this, I’m carrying my working makeup kit, plus two “set kits” for the actors, wearing a hard hat, that keeps falling forward over my eyes, I’m standing on this platform, and I’m trying to keep my stuff from blowing away. I’m covering two of the key actors on the show, my set bag feels like it weighs twenty pounds, and my fingers are numb. There’s no place to go to get out of the wind either. Miami here I come!

my on “set” makeup kit

I just got back from Florida on Tuesday night – a very short trip to the Miami/Ft.Lauderdale area, and I’m furiously editing and organizing photos for the blog. Here’s a sample of what I’ll be posting next week. I fell in love with the colors of South Beach. If you love architecture, art deco, or anything South Beach, do check back, as I’m sure to have it posted soon.

The Colony Hotel, South Beach ©pennysadler 2013  Miami,

By the way, the new header for the blog is up now and I love it! The logo and final makeover should be complete by the end of February. I also want to say thank you to all of you who follow and support my blog. It’s been pretty cool reading your comments and watching the blog grow.

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Dreaming – weekly photo challenge

Costa Rica, sunrise. ©pennysadler 2012. all rights reserved.

Costa Rica

The weekly photo challenge brought back memories of a job I worked on last year.
It was in many ways a dream job. I was hired to work on a new marketing campaign for a luxury cruise line. Two weeks at sea – no laundry, no cooking, no filling up the car, no housekeeping, bills paid – how much better could it be?

We traveled from Miami to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal. I took the opening photo and the sunset photos as we sailed in and out of port in Costa Rica.

I haven’t had a chance to try the specific technique suggested by Krista Luna,but the first photo of the port at early morning is pretty close. I didn’t have a tripod, so I used the balcony banister to balance my camera. The other photos are images I felt fit the theme of the week even though they weren’t shot with long exposure.

I think water has an inherently dream-like quality. Whether poolside, at the beach, listening to the sounds of a fast moving river, or a soothing fountain, water has a calming and meditative quality. I was not surprised that so many of the photos for this weeks challenge featured beach scenes. It was the first thing I thought of when I read the theme was Dreaming.

sunset Costa Rica ©pennysadler 2012

sunset Costa Rica


All material ©pennysadler 2012