Entertainment Hair Specialist

An essential member of the team of professionals who preps actors and actresses for a film or theatre production is a hair specialist. They work in conjunction with make-up artists and costume designers to achieve the complete “look” desired for each member of the production. The job of a film and theatre hair specialist is different from a traditional hairstylist in that they work with one or more actors or actresses exclusively for the duration of a theatre production or the length of a film shoot. They are often required to work very long hours must be on-call and ready to fix or re-do a hair style that becomes messy or imperfect and oftentimes must work on-location for extended periods of time. Film and theatre hair specialists must be multi-talented when it comes to hair. For example they must have experience with wigs hair extensions cutting styling and treating damaged hair. They must also be knowledgeable about the most trendy hairstyles as well as hairstyles that match what was popular during the era that is being depicted in the film or theatrical production so that characters look authentic. Depending on the level of the production hair specialists are often recruited based on their industry reputation and talent. However for smaller or local theatre productions hair specialists may apply for jobs and are hired based on the quality of their portfolios. In order to pursue a career as a film and theatre hair specialist it’s essential to have a cosmetology license and many choose to join a union such as the “Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild which is a branch of the “International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees” (IATSE). The salary range for this profession varies greatly depending on the film andor theatre. According to www.buzzle.com an annual salary can be approximately $30000 per year but a hair specialist hired for a feature Hollywood film the salary can reach over $100000 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $65000
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $30000
Tasks: Prepares performers hair.
Works with wigs, hairpieces, and hair extensions .
Oversees actors' hair during filming or throughout production.
Accompanies performers on-set to maintain hairstyles.
Also Called: Hair Stylist
Theatrical Hair Specialist
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