Since graduating from BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance at AUB in 2015 Samantha Hutchings has been Wigs Assistant on both the Hairspray UK Tour and the Dirty Dancing International Tour
She is currently on the Miss Saigon International Tour where her job involves setting and dressing out wigs, preparing actors hair and securely putting on their wigs. Samantha says the shows can be very fast-paced backstage and involve her constantly changing wigs or hairstyles throughout the performance.
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?
My most exciting moment of my career so far was getting the job on Miss Saigon. I have admired the show for a long time as it has such a brilliant history within the industry. I was so excited and honoured to be able to be apart of that.
What are your current aspirations to achieve in your make-up career in the future?
My current aspirations in my career would be to eventually step up to Deputy Head of Wigs on a show whether that be on tour or in the West End.
What has been your biggest claim to fame so far in your career?
I would say my biggest claim to fame so far in my career would be having the opportunity to work with such talented names within the industry. My current boss is an award-winning hair and make-up artist, so learning from him has been incredible.
How did completing BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance prepare you for industry?
The course at AUB prepared me for industry in many ways, the skills I learnt became to valuable to me once I got my first job. I felt my final year really prepared me making the transition from student to working in the industry.
What one piece of advice would you like they give to students graduating now?
Persistence is key in the industry, don’t give up and stay passionate about your craft. I spent months emailing people in the industry, getting no responses, so I would email them again and again and it took for just one person to email me back who eventually offered me my first job.
Find out more about BA (Hons) Make-up for Media and Performance at AUB.