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Mariana Padher, Make-up & Hair Artist

After studying in Vancouver, she learnt multiple make-up techniques with major artists such as Mama Makeup (Madonna, Lady Gaga), Ve Neil (Edward Scissorhands, Jack Sparrow), Howard Berger (The Chronicles of Narnia). She joins the TV & Cinema Academy as Affiliate Professor of the TV module.

Mariana Padher, Make-up & Hair Artist

We should always pay attention to the progress of the film to ensure that make-up is fitting scene to scene and that the emotion sought by the director is reached.

Mariana Padher, Make-up & Hair Artist

After studying in Vancouver, she learnt multiple make-up techniques with major artists such as Mama Makeup (Madonna, Lady Gaga), Ve Neil (Edward Scissorhands, Jack Sparrow), Howard Berger (The Chronicles of Narnia). She joins the TV & Cinema Academy as Affiliate Professor of the TV module.

What would be your Definition of a Make-up Artist?

More than a hobby, it is a passion where the most important is to be able to tell a true story through your work. The main goal is to enhance to the maximum the person with the ability to adapt to the context in which the work must be done, both the constraints of the job (outside/inside...) and the wishes of various parties (actors/presenters...).
One of the main attractions of our business lies in the fact that there is no routine and that we must constantly reinvent ourselves by being creative, responsive and pro-active.

Do you think there is a difference between a general Make-up Artist and a Cinema Make-up Artist?

I think the main difference is that a certain freedom in creation and inventiveness is possible, however it must remain within a certain framework when working in the film industry.
Indeed, a never-ending dialogue should be conducted with the director as well as the actors/actresses. This is why it remains essential to do a lot of work before the start of the mission by first reading the entire script to understand the atmosphere of the film. Then a lot of research needs to be done to come up with concrete proposals.
Then undertaking a discussion about the various proposals in terms of both models, time needed to achieve the make-ups (this last step is critical to the production in order to organize the schedule).
High reactivity is necessary because even if all days are theoretically determined well in advance, a change at the last minute can be done which requires a high reactivity and a very good organization.

What brought you to this industry? What are you the most fond of in this industry, is it relationships with actors, directors, producers, the transformation that you can operate on characters?

At first, something very simple, I have always been passionate about cinema specially of the 40's/50's.
Then, beyond relationships with directors/producers, one important feature is that it is an adventure that lasts much longer than in other industries and therefore relationships are long lasting.
And finally, the work of a Make-up Artist in Cinema is a little more complete and complex. Indeed, we should always pay attention to the progress of the film to ensure that make-up is fitting scene to scene and that the emotion sought by the director is reached. The time to perform the make-up must be in accordance with what was agreed with the production. We mustn't overlook the fact that the actor(s) need(s) to feel at ease with the work done to make their acting easier. A real complicity can then bloom...

What are the basic requirements to be a Make-up Artist in the movie industry?

It seems to me that the primary qualifications for this job are:
• Being able to endure demands on an unexpected pace and changing conditions...
• Understand the work of all other departments to anticipate one's interventions
• Know in the preparation phase how to anticipate all the requests that will come from the set

What are the most proud of in your career?

This question is a bit complicated to answer... but I think that to have worked with so many talented people in various fields and around the world means that in the end we are constantly learning.
In such a short time, having started on short films through the world, I never would have imagined to successfully work in Hollywood and Bollywood, which as you know are the two major markets. All of these experiences have been so enriching and rewarding.

What is your first impression of our TV and Cinema Academy project?

The project is ambitious but necessary given that in France there is no international reference. The fact that MAKE UP FOR EVER, an internationally recognized brand, jumps first in such a venture seems to be in line with the brand values​​: excellence and creativity.
Having wanted to open this school internationally both in terms of faculty and students only reinforces the credibility of the project to me. It is therefore natural that I join this project with pride, which, I am sure, will be successful.

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