Let your artistic side shine. If you possess a skill as an artist, face and body painting jobs can lead to some unique experience and some awesome career opportunities. To begin there are no age or education requirements to become a professional face or body painter although some formal art classes will only benefit your individual skills as an artist. Of course if you work for a company to provide your services you may need some formal education requirements in the arts related field. Your employer may also have other skill sets desired. If you do choose to work for a company be sure to completely review their job advertisement for all desired qualifications. Estimates show the average national salary for a face painter can exceed $35,000 per year.
Face and body painting is actually very easy to get started in too. As an individual you can create your own business and solicit your services. You can advertise and provide face painting at birthday parties or community events and celebrations or even your local Farmers Market. These types of smaller opportunities allow you to really sharpen your skills and can keep you busy if you attract enough business. To grow your business you should be professional. This means be on time to your jobs. Parents don't want a face painter to be late to the party! Be organized, have your supplies easy to setup and access. Keep your work area clean. These are all easy steps one can do to act professionally. As a face or body painter you are also dealing with people. This could include toddlers to adults so having an outgoing personality, being sociable and having some interpersonal communication skills will go a long way in this profession.
What makes this profession even more exciting are the potential career paths and opportunities available. There are job opportunities for face and body painting in photography advertising. Movies and television shows use face and body painting for characters too. It's should be noted that your salary will obviously vary depending on your line of work. Working at the local Farmers Market might be a side job and a great way to gain experience but working in the movie business will offer larger salaries. Jobs in advertising or other media positions will often require a resume detailing your education and professional experience. As well a portfolio of your work may be requested. Be sure to capture your most impressive work so that you can showcase them to future employers.
Depending on your career path you should also expect to travel for some job offers. Your services may be needed at a select destination for a photo opportunity or on location for movie production. You may also find in body painting that you are dealing with the entire anatomy of an individual. If this is an embarrassing situation for you, be sure to confirm all of the job details before showing up for the job. To sum it all up, with some fantastic art and painting skills, a good work ethic and a professional representation of you, a career in face or body painting can have great potential. We hope to see your work in the years to come! Good luck in your career as an artist.