How to Start Assisting: Beauty Addition
With Bryant's Agency Junior Noor Alali
Research! Who do you want to assist? If you don’t know where to start - look at Models.com and see whose booking jobs that are of interest to you (both commercial + editorial)
Create a list of Hair Stylists or Makeup Artists that you would like to assist
Call the agencies who represent the artists on your list and ask for their agent's email address (they might just give you a standard beauty info email which works as well) you can also check the artists website/agency website to see if they list their specific agent
Update your resume with a list of your most recent jobs - a clean crisp, no frills resume look is preferable
Create a portfolio of your recent work
Create a website that showcases your recent work - Squarespace is a great option
Use the below email template, and email away!
Double check for spelling (esp. names) + grammar
Triple check that the agent/agency you're reaching out to in fact represents the artist(s) that you're mentioning in the email (you don't want to be the one who emails Art + Commerce asking to assist [insert artist's name] when they are in fact represented by Streeters)
Keep it short and simple - your email shouldn’t list your life story or experiences, only the main points (if you catch our attention we will look at your resume for more information on your experiences and education)
Attach your resume and portfolio as one PDF (resume as the first page) name the PDF as follows: Ex. MUA Zoe Smith Resume + Portfolio.pdf
If an agent or booker responds back to your email, respond as soon as you can if you want to be on that job or work with that artist - the pace at an agency is very fast and constantly shifting, so we usually need immediate responses in order to keep things organized and moving
Subject Line: MAKEUP/HAIR ASSISTANT OPPORTUNITY | YOUR FIRST LAST NAME | NAME OF AGENCY
Hi [first name of agent you're reaching out to, if it's an info email write "Hi there,"],
Hope all is well!
I'm a Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist based in [add location or if you're traveling for any fashion weeks]. I wanted to reach out to you regarding the chance to possibly assist [list the name(s) of the artist(s) that you would like to assist, you can also add that you’re up for assisting any Hair/Makeup Artists on their roster].
I have previously assisted for [list 2-4 names of artists that you've assisted for], and have also attached my resume and portfolio for your convenience.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
[your first name]
[your full name]
[your phone number]
[your website URL (hyperlinked)]
(^^this should be your signature on all of your emails)