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Job Listing Emails

Current students and grads are encouraged to sign up for our job listing emails! Makeup and SFX makeup artists frequently take short term gigs or jobs. CMS’s job listings are a great way to make contacts with independent production companies, film students, producers, directors, haunts, shop owners, and more!

If you are a current student or graduate that has not been added to the mailing list, please reach out to [email protected]

Production Gigs

Many of our recent graduates work with students from University of California’s School of Cinematic Arts, American Film Institute, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, California State University, and others. Working on student productions is an incredible starting place for those interested in careers on set.

Other recent grads work at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, and Six Flags Fright Fest. Job listings for these opportunities usually appear during the summer months.

Conventions & More

Cinema Makeup School also offers opportunities for our graduates to showcase their talents at conventions and media appearances as representatives of the school. These events can provide international exposure to our alumni and serve as an excellent networking experience for future job opportunities.

Additional Career Services

CMS is currently in the process of creating a new career services platform, stay tuned for updates!

Helpful tips for current students or recent grads:

  • Craft a resume and get some feedback on it.
  • Create a website portfolio of your best work.
  • Maintain a professional Instagram.
  • Politely follow up with potential clients.
  • Write a letter of introduction or prepare a cover letter to a potential employer.
  • Create a rate sheet of services.
  • Create a contract for your services.
  • Know what your time and materials are worth!

Read the script before you agree to a rate, producers and directors don’t necessarily know what is an out-of-kit makeup or if something requires additional materials. Working for a kit fee only is ok, but only if you don’t have to spend your own money to purchase any additional one-time-use materials like prosthetics. Don’t pay to play! Take on free work only if it’s worth it to you!

Please note that CMS does not provide automatic job placement and we are not a job agency. CMS is not responsible for followup with potential employment on our job listings, jobs are posted as a courtesy and it is the student or graduate’s responsibility to determine what jobs are right for them.

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