Organizing the Aesthetics

When you think of films or television shows, many elements come to mind. There are lighting and sound specialists, actors, set builders, camera operators and numerous other positions essential to the production. Two of the most overlooked, but necessary organizations would be the costume department and the makeup department. Both of these creative careers are safeguarded by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada. Getting fair and consistent work in any creative industry is close to impossible without belonging to a guild or union.

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Entrance to these unions is harder to gain than one may think. The Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (IATSE Local 706) had three subdivisions to apply into: Industry Experience Roster Status, Roster Status for Film, Television or Commercial, Network Broadcasting Television, or Legitimate Theater Status.

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“Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Local 706 is composed of Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists that work in the production of Film, Television, Network Broadcasting Television, Commercial, Legitimate Theater, and any place of amusement where Local706 has a contract. There are several ways to join Local 706 depending on the area in which you wish to be employed. For those desiring to work in the Film and Television Industry, there are two defined ways to join. The first is what is referred to as “60-60-60”, and the second is referred to as “Off-Roster” hire. To work in Network Broadcasting Television, Commercial, or Legitimate Theater the qualifications are similar to the “Off Roster’ hire”

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The Costume Designer’s Guild spends a large portion of their web space advertising Health and Welfare Benefits, Safer Working Conditions, Standardized Procedures for Dispute Resolution and Grievances, and Representation on the State and National Level by Professional Union Lobbyists. This is the best representation of how little creative laborers are given for their extraordinarily unique and demanding work without having to pay dues to and be accepted into a protective agency. Many working people take these basic necessities for granted, but in the creative labor industry, people are striving to keep working in even if it means having to regulate their creativity.

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