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Christine Vidler has over 35 years’ experience working in the fashion and TV film industry. As well as being part of the teaching team at The Iver Academy, Christine’s work has taken her all over the world, where she's worked on notable fashion productions: The Clothes Show Live and Top Model UK, plus worked with an array of British and American celebrities.
Christine talks about what it takes to be a successful make-up artist and gives her advice for getting into the industry…
I worked for the BBC in Television Production many years ago in their Television Studios and was fascinated by the
Being able to make a quick judgement as to what is required and what will suit. Knowing what to use that will work. There is no second chance on the shows I work on so you have to know your kit and have the right tools.
My work in theatre, which includes operas and ballets as well as theatre drama productions is when these events are recorded as live or live for cinema and television. Theatre make-up can be very heavy and includes wigs which have extremely thick wig lace stuck to the forehead and sides of the face, as one would expect for a theatre audience, but it doesn’t work on a big screen.
Working with the wig and make-up teams at the theatres, we come to a compromise with the make-up, so it is more acceptable for the big screen and high definition. We’ll alter the wigs accordingly, too.
Performers need to be on-set for make-up and hair call times - the pressure to get them ready on time can be quite demanding. Any quick changes are done
Continuity is important when working with make-up for the stage and for TV or film. To have the same team of assistants is best as we all know what we are doing and should be like a well-oiled machine!
Students get tuition in theatre make-up and wigs. They are also shown how a quick change is done. We have theatre experts come into The Iver and talk about their career and experiences. To get training work at a theatre is so valuable as there is so much wig work done, from applying wigs, cleaning them, dressing them, blocking and taking them off.
There isn’t just one tool actually, but if I had to make a choice it would be two for
My inspiration comes from art galleries, particularly The National Portrait Gallery, historical books, architectural books and good editorials, particularly American Vogue.
There are so many career highlights. As a professional, I never talk about models, celebrities or actors in a personal way, but the highlights that jump to mind are the amazing opportunities I have had in having access to places and events all over the world that I
My advice would be to get the best training possible, work hard and never assume you know everything because with this career you never stop learning new skills. Treat everyone how you would want to be treated irrespective of their position. Also to have compassion and enthusiasm.