Since graduating from BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance at AUB in 2017 Giovanna Sauceda has been working for the Arizona Opera in the Wigs and Make-up Run crew
Giavanna has also had experience with the Ballet Arizona and was part of the Make-up crew for both The Prodigal Son and All Balanchine.
Here she tells us what she’s been doing since leaving AUB.
What is the most exciting aspect of your make-up career thus far?
The most exciting aspect of my career as a Make-up Artist is once I’ve done the make-up and the wigs are on, I get to go and sit down in the theatre and watch how my work comes alive with the actors and singers. One thing I love is when there are quick changes during a performance. I am backstage waiting to do a make-up or hair change in a matter of seconds. It gives me an indescribable rush of adrenaline.
What are your current aspirations to achieve in your make-up career in the future?
My goal for the long future is to become a make-up or wig designer for Broadway. For now, my aspirations are to keep working hard and keep networking with fellow artists. As I gain experience I will be able to join IATSE (the Make-up Artist worker’s union in the US) and join a traveling Broadway show.
What has been your biggest claim to fame so far in your career?
This one is a bit hard to answer. I don’t think I have even a small claim to fame. I am just beginning my career and I am grateful to be where I am and the opportunities I’ve had. I am very focused and determined on my goals I hope that can change some time soon.
How did completing BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance prepare you for industry?
Completing BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance prepared me by teaching me professionalism in the field. I think that’s a big one. It has also taught me to keep an open mind. I’m constantly learning new ways of doing a specific job as well as I bring what I’ve been taught at AUB to the table.
What one piece of advice would you like they give to students graduating now?
A piece of advice I would like to give students graduating is: “patience and persistence”. You’ll hear many “nos” before you hear a yes. It’s hard and a bit discouraging at times. You just have to keep going, keep sending emails, or calling, or show up in person. Just don’t give up, it’s a slow process, but if you keep at it you’ll reach your goals.
Find out more about BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance at AUB.