Since lockdown started, the make-up industry has experienced a huge amount of worry. Is there any work? When the jobs return, how will we work safely? We all have our part to play in preventing the spread of the virus and keeping our community safe and we are being careful to comply with all Covid Safety Guidelines.
With talk of all the restrictions and changes which are causing anxiety, we are delighted to start this post with the reassuring news that the media industry is up and running from film to TV and plenty of commercial fashion and eCommerce shoots. Theatre is sadly taking a longer time to return due to social distancing issues with the audience. Many of our tutors and graduates will attest to a surge in work over the past few weeks with filming jobs such as Strictly Come Dancing, BBC dramas and commercials all in full swing. The news that all major film studios in London are up and running is promising. With all this activity and work happening across the industry, we are optimistic about the future. Post 2008 recession, the Creative Industries’ GDP grew 5 times faster than the rest of the economy. This comforting statistic is being echoed by the hive of activity we are seeing at the moment and is most likely the result of vast media consumption both before and during lockdown. Most of us survived lockdown by binging on Netflix TV dramas and feature films which shows that there is a huge demand for content and make-up artists’ work.
Following Government Guidance and BECTU advice we have made the following changes:
1. We often say “our door is always open” but now we literally mean it. We are keeping the Academy doors open to increase the air flow and minimise the need to touch the doors.
2. Ealing Studios Security are temperature checking everyone who comes into the Studios.
No more signing in at Reception. Instead, the tutors will take the class register and the students’ temperatures every day.
4. Hand Santiser is available all over the Academy. Students and staff are asked to use it regularly.
5. Masks must be worn inside the Academy where students/staff are less than 2m apart.
6. Hair classes have been bought forward on our courses to reduce face-to-face contact. Students start working on dolly heads before moving onto working on each other.
7. Body painting courses now focus on painting the back to reduce face-to-face contact.
8. We are implementing a bubble system to the courses to minimise contact between groups.
9. Students must sanitise their kits and brushes even more regularly than usual. A heavy emphasis is being placed on all good hygiene practices.
10. If anyone at Delamar tests positive for Covid-19, we will follow all recommended Government guidelines in line with best practice.
We are excited about the future and would love to hear from you if you are considering a course here. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org