Interview: Leyla Mustafa, make up artist

20FOUR FRAMES was lucky enough to get invited to the set of Terminal 3, where Juliana Lira de Andrade & Giuseppe Cifaratti caught up with Make Up Artist, Leyla Mustafa.

Tell us a little about your career.

I have been in make up for about two years now and started in Media Make up about a year ago. I’ve done quite a few photo-shoots, film, fashion theatre.

What is work as a Make Up Artist like?

It is so fun. For a lot of the work you do, you don’t get credit. The actor gets the credit for looking amazing. But it is such a fun job, you never mind. It’s never boring and it’s never the same. No film is the same. No photo-shoot is the same. So it’s just a new thing all the time. So it’s really good. I enjoy every minute of it. I love it.

What of kind of research do you do prior to the shooting?

Well, if you are doing special effects you have to look what the real thing looks like. If you’re making a fake bruise, you don’t look for other fake bruises, you look for real ones. So, you look up real injuries, you look up bones. You have to educate yourself on what things actually look like, so that you get the most realistic approach to it. If you are copying someone else’s recreation of it, it looks too fake.

What is the craziest thing you have done so far?

A mouth with teeth showing, that was disgusting. A broken finger with the bone coming out. I’ve done all kinds of bloody stuff.

Do you have a preferred style or genre of film to work on?

I would love to work in fantasy. Prosthetics and fantasy make up to make them (the actors) look nothing like themselves. Turning people into aliens or something like that. It would be so interesting. I would love that.

What is your industry like to work within?

The Industry. It’s interesting business, it’s kind of dog-eat-dog. You can feel like you are in competition with all the other Make Up Artists out there. But there is a place for every one. There is not a limited amount of space.

If you try your hardest to get in there, then you will find your place in it. It is hard to get in but once you get there you just need to keep working hard and you will eventually find what you’re good at and your place in the world.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to break into the industry?

First of all, don’t give up. When you first get into it, you will find it hard, you won’t know anyone. Keep telling yourself you can do it and keep meeting poeple. Keep practicing, you can never stop improving, so just keep practicing and, yeah, don’t give up.

Do you think is hard to get jobs in your industry?

I guess it is about how hard you try. You have to do volunteer and get work experience. You need to make contacts. Once you’re good enough and people have seen the great work you do, you will get paid. It’s all about how hard you are willing to try.

Juliana Lira de Andrade and Giuseppe Cifaratti

See more of Leyla’s work on her facebook page.

Terminal 3 is a new short film by independent film-maker, Piotr Karter.

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