Anyone who has freelanced knows how precarious life can be, budgeting for the lean times and over-worked during the good times but having been a freelancer since 2004, I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I agree it’s not for some but the thought of a 9-5 job fills me with dread so when’s there’s not a lot of work around I just have to focus on bringing more work in and planning ahead so that I can keep my business going and enjoy being my own boss.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter @katesfxmakeup or Facebook know that I run a lot of workshops in between filming and other makeup jobs.  Being in the classroom has always been a passion of mine and there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing young people achieve in areas where they only think they might fail.  My background is actually in education – I used to work in Speech & Language and in fact am a Level 8 Makaton signer and fully trained in Cued Articulation having worked with Statemented Language Delayed and Disordered children in schools around the Tunbridge Wells area.

When I qualified in Theatrical & Media Makeup it didn’t take me long to realise there was a large area within the GCSE & A Level Performing Arts curriculum that wasn’t being covered by practising teachers so that’s where my move to take workshops into schools began.  Being able to deliver a successful, interactive and fully inclusive programme to classes of 30 keeping them engaged and informed has worked well for me and soon led to bookings UK wide for schools, colleges, universities and youth groups.

That aside, there is nothing more enjoyable for me than working with a cast and crew on film projects, tv shoots and behind the scenes in theatre.  A couple of weeks ago I was at the British Film Institute in Stephen Street, London watching a film that I’d worked on in 2013/14. It was great to see it on the big screen and memories of the freezing cold conditions that we worked in came flooding back to us all!  In the bar after the screening all of the crew mentioned that February and March this year have been quiet workwise but we all just learn to go with the flow and ride out the storm.  I have a couple of Features in the pipeline for this summer, one of them hopefully with a week on location on the Cornish coast and another being filmed in London during late summer.  Again, it’s difficult to plan ahead and I always hope that projects don’t clash and I find myself having to turn work down.  

I keep my CV and availability on the Creative England database for Producers and Directors to access and with social media being my main advertising tool I am able to keep wearing the freelancer’s hat.  I have a new, additional film-based business launching this summer which will run separately to my makeup business so the future is continuing to look good and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my work, workshops or my company on set!