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Summer 2024

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16 • THE ARTISAN SUMMER 2024 SHOW NEWS by Patrice K. Madrigal Assistant to the Business Representative | Theater I.A.T.S.E. Local 706 Unsung Heroes Behind the Scenes In the dazzling world of entertainment, where actors take the spotlight and directors call the shots, there exists a group of unsung heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes, shaping the visual identities of characters and ensuring every performance shines. They are the backstage make-up and hair crew, the artisans who weave magic with tools of the trade transforming performers into their roles with precision and creativity. From the grand stages of theater to the high-definition screens of network TV and the immersive realms of theme parks, these skilled professionals play a vital role in bringing stories to life. In the realm of theater, where every detail contributes to the audience's immersion, the make-up and hair crew are integral members of the production team. Their work begins long before the curtain rises, as they join with the other backstage crews to develop the visual aesthetics of each character. Whether it's the intricate period styles of a play or the creatures of a Broadway musical, these artists possess an understanding of historical accuracy, character, and stage lighting techniques. On any show day, the backstage make-up and hair crew arrive well before curtain call to work diligently to ensure that every performer looks their best. In some shows, applying make-up and/or prosthetics that enhance facial features or characters, and withstand some intense performances to styling wigs and hairpieces that withstand quick changes and dramatic movements, their expertise is indispensable. In network television production, where every detail is under the unforgiving lens of high-definition cameras, the role of the make-up and hair crew becomes even more crucial. These professionals must translate the vision of the show into flawless on-screen appearances. They create looks that not only complement the on-air talent and their personalities but also withstand the demands of long hours. The fast-paced nature of television production requires quick changes and adjustments, putting the backstage make-up and hair crew to the test. These artists must possess exceptional attention to detail. In theme parks where guests are transported to fantasy realms and immersive experiences, the role of the make-up and hair crew takes on a magical quality. From beloved characters roaming the streets to elaborate stage productions and parades, these artists are responsible for maintaining the illusion of fantasy and wonder. Working in theme parks requires a unique blend of skills. Despite the challenges they face, the backstage make-up and hair crew remain dedicated to their craft, driven by a passion for storytelling and a love of the transformative power of make-up and hair. Although backstage, their contributions are felt in every mesmerizing performance, every captivating close-up, and every magical moment that transports audiences to new worlds and adventures. In the world of entertainment, where the spotlight often shines brightest on the stars, remember the unsung heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes, shaping the visual landscapes that bring stories to life. They are the backstage make-up and hair crew, and their artistry knows no boundaries. In the world of film, make-up and hair are more than just products, they are tools of transformation, crafting characters. Together, make-up and hair collaborate closely with directors and designers, ensuring every detail contributes to the visual narrative. They breathe life into characters, immersing audiences in the cinematic worlds. Without make-up and hair helping to create characters, you are not transformed to where the directors want the audience to be. We are more than our classifications. Together, we cover the amazing transformations that happen in all the different realms. Together, WE are the artists of Local 706. Patrice K. Madrigal Assistant to the Business Representative

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