Today I was privileged to have my first ever HETV Drama work experience. I spent the day with the hair & makeup team on Ackley Bridge watching how its done.
My day started at 4am as I had a long drive from Manchester to Halifax. I was due in at 6:45am and I didn't want to be late. I (thankfully) wasn't and arrived 45 minutes early. Zoe (the hair and makeup trainee) came to meet me and I would be spending the day with her learning the ropes and taking in as much as I possibly could.
We went straight to the makeup room where I was introduced to the lovely team who made me feel extremely welcome. It was going to be a very busy day for them as they had a lot of cast and SA's (Supporting Artists) to get through and make sure everyone was accounted for and set ready. I made sure not to get in the way and didn't bother anyone whilst they were working. I helped make hot drinks and went for the breakfast run and cleaned brushes.
At first Zoe had a few mens haircuts to do and then we went to the rooms where the SA's were waiting to check them off the list and take photographs to add to the files. As they are supposed to be school children any of the boys with facial hair were asked to shave and make sure they were clean shaven next time they arrived. We also had to ask new SA's to make sure that they styled their hair the same way next time and changed any coloured hair accessories to black.
We then went outside under the crew tent so that we were away from the cameras but could watch the monitors. I was glad that I brought warm clothes and a big coat as it was really cold and raining. We were out there for hours and it was great to see what the team were watching for on the monitors and then see them in action doing the checks. Again, as before, I made sure I wasn't in the way and just watched. I helped make more hot drinks and fetched anything that they needed. I'd learnt a lot by this point, especially that I needed warmer footwear as I couldn't feel my feet. I've since rectified this as I now own Snow Boots.
We then had lunch back in the makeup room. Afterwards we cleaned the makeup room and made sure it was nice and tidy. Zoe then showed me the break downs and character continuity. She was really amazing as she taught me so much and gave me lots of helpful advice. We checked in a delivery of stock and put it away. Lisa (the Hair & Makeup Designer) came back to the makeup room and whilst she was waiting for her next actor she also gave me lots of helpful advice that I'll be able to use in the future.
The day was long, but honestly didn't feel like it. You're busy all the time and rarely sat down so my step count was amazing by the end of the day. I was sad to leave as I felt so at home and wanted to learn more. I am thrilled to say that I've been told that I'm welcome back anytime for more work experience. That's made me so happy I could burst.
In summary, this day certainly didn't put me off at all, its made me want this more. A massive thank you to all the team; Lisa, Joanne, Gillian, Zoe, Vivian & Stephanie! See you soon! x