New Year, New Career

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The new year traditionally presents the opportunity for fresh starts. For some people, the changes are minor while for others they could be life-changing. The Iver Makeup Academy has welcomed countless students who were ready to give their careers the makeover of a lifetime. Now that the film industry is back to business and new studios are being built, it’s an exciting time to become a hair and makeup artist. Could you be part of the class of 2022?

New studios, new opportunities

With the cameras rolling and theatres reopening, now is the time to get your training in place. The T.V and Film industry has never been busier. New studios are currently being built throughout the U.K , which will further increase demand for crew in all departments. There are so many new opportunities for professionally qualified hair and makeup artists!

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the British studio boom is “white hot”. Pinewood, Shepperton and Leavesden studios are undergoing dramatic expansions and the UK is welcoming some new major players. The US entertainment firm Blackhall Studios (whose productions include ‘Jumanji’, ‘Venom’ and ‘Doctor Sleep’) is planning to build a state-of-the-art £150m film studio in Reading. It will be home to some of Britain’s largest new productions and create up to 1,500 jobs on-site.

Hollywood-based Sunset Studios, which produced ‘La La Land’ and ‘X-Men’, has plans to open a new studio in Hertfordshire. The £700m TV and film studio complex will create more than 4,500 jobs. Meanwhile, East London will also welcome a new £350m production complex in Dagenham and plans are being submitted in Marlow, Buckinghamshire for more, much needed studio space.

An iconic location to start a show-stopping career

For aspiring media makeup artists, there is no better base than Pinewood Studios, a powerhouse in the British film industry. In its 85-year history, productions spanning sitcoms to international blockbusters have been filmed at Pinewood Studios. Recent productions include ‘No Time to Die’, ‘Eternals’, ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Last Night in Soho’. Pinewood is also opening a visitor experience called ‘Screen Hub UK’ which will include film production facilities, educational/skills training and a film-inspired international visitor attraction. The project will create new jobs and further strengthen the industry.

The Iver Makeup Academy is fortunate to be based at these legendary studios, giving unrivalled access to the best course tutors, tools of the trade and contacts. The teaching team comprises working makeup and hair artists with impressive portfolios of stage and screen projects. They are happy to share their passion and knowledge with students, who benefit from small class sizes.

The location is perfect for hands-on, vocational training and familiarising yourself with the practical realities of working on a film set. As a hair and makeup artist for stage and screen, enrolling in a course at Iver Makeup Academy can accelerate your career. Our graduates are sought-after in the industry for their comprehensive skills, creative ability and knowledge of on-set etiquette. Don’t just take our word for it; you can check our blog to read success stories about our graduates – many of them have continued to work as the T.V and Film industry was allowed to restart in July 2020 with strict health and safety rules in place.. Like so many careers, making the right connections, developing supportive professional relationships and building a strong network are essential for success in the media industry.

Our open day

Maybe you’ve recently been thinking about switching careers or perhaps you always had ambitions to work as a makeup artist in the film industry, but the pandemic halted your plans. Whatever your reasons, 2022 is the perfect time to get professional training and make your CV shine. And what better step to take than signing up for an Iver Makeup Academy course and becoming a professional hair and makeup artist?

Find out everything you need to know about training at Iver Makeup Academy at one of our Open Days. The next Open Day takes place on Saturday 29th January 2022. You can learn about our range of industry-based makeup, hair and prosthetics courses for Film, TV, Theatre and Fashion. Not only can you meet graduates and current students, but you can also chat with our award-winning tutors one-to-one to discover what skills you can learn on each course and how they can kickstart various career paths. There will be live demos of hair, makeup, prosthetics and SFX techniques, as well as plenty of Q&A sessions.

Next steps

It looks like 2022 will be packed with lights, camera and action! If you’re planning to boost your career prospects, take a look at Iver Make-Up Academy’s courses.

Do you still have questions? Whether you are new to professional makeup artistry, interested in transferring to the film industry or looking to take your career to the next level, we recommend registering for our Open Day. We’re looking forward to meeting you!

Meet the Author
Liz Tagg


A highly talented and award-winning makeup artist, Liz has over 30 years of experience working in the film and television industry. A professionally trained makeup artist and hair designer, Liz’s career highlights include BAFTA and Emmy award nominations, as well as a recurring position as a member of the BAFTA jury.

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