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A Day in the Life of a Freelance Makeup Artist

written by Penny Sadler

Sorry I have not been posting much lately. I was in Florida last weekend, and leading up to my departure I was insanely busy. The pace has really picked up for me these past two weeks. Between working as a makeup artist (day player) on the television series, Dallas, plus working on the promos for TNT Drama, I’ve had very little spare time. What free time there was, I spent working with my designer on the new logo and header for Adventures of a Carry-on.

Last Wednesday I was working on Dallas, and we were filming outside at an electrical power station on a lake, about five stories up in the air. I’m not sure what the exact temperature was, but the windchill made it feel like 20 degrees farenheit! brrrrrr. And most people think working on a television show is glamorous. With gale force winds whipping my hair around my face, my eyes watering, my nose running, and wearing a hard hat, I did not feel one little bit glamorous.

power plant


A day in the life of a freelance makeup artist

So imagine this, I’m carrying my working makeup kit, plus two “set kits” for the actors, wearing a hard hat, that keeps falling forward over my eyes, I’m standing on this platform, and I’m trying to keep my stuff from blowing away. I’m covering two of the key actors on the show, my set bag feels like it weighs twenty pounds, and my fingers are numb. There’s no place to go to get out of the wind either. Miami here I come!

A day in the life of a makeup artist @Penny Sadler 2014

my on “set” makeup kit


Color, travel and architecture lend inspiration

I just got back from Florida on Tuesday night – a very short trip to the Miami/Ft.Lauderdale area, and I’m furiously editing and organizing photos for the blog. Here’s a sample of what I’ll be posting next week. I fell in love with the colors of South Beach. If you love architecture, art deco, or anything South Beach, do check back, as I’m sure to have it posted soon.

The Colony Hotel, South Beach ©pennysadler 2013 Miami,

By the way, the new header for the blog is up now and I love it! The logo and final makeover should be complete by the end of February. I also want to say thank you to all of you who follow and support my blog. It’s been pretty cool reading your comments and watching the blog grow.

All materials ©pennysadler 2012-2013. All rights reserved.

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Jonny Blair May 14, 2019 at 7:50 am

Hi Penny, another crazy and interesting job to have on the road. I have yet to meet a real life make up artist who travels and blogs like you. Keep up the good work. Safe travels. Jonny

Penny Sadler May 14, 2019 at 9:22 pm

Hey Jonny, thanks for the comment and for stopping by the blog.



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