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Body paint artist Now here’s a boundary-breaking career that will really raise the eyebrows of your parents. If you’re artistically inclined and totally down with working with naked people, then the liberated life of a body paint artist is a career path well worth following. Painting bodies and faces for live performances, commercials, magazine covers and film and television series, body paint artists use considerable skill and a whole load of creativity to transform skin into living, breathing, moving works of art. From turning a woman into an elaborately painted Hindu goddess, to transforming a man into a brain-eating zombie covered in rotting flesh, body paint artists tend to run their own businesses, offering their highly specialised services to the entertainment, advertising and modelling industries. Pathways to this career are varied, as there’s no set amount of study required to become a body paint artist. Some successful body paint artists have degrees in fine arts, others made the transition from make-up artist to body paint artist. Essentially, it’s the type of career move propelled by passion and experimentation, not tertiary study. Sure, the idea of painting naked bodies might sound like a whole load of fun, but it’s important to remember that this career is also a whole load of hard work and definitely not suited to everyone. Patience is required to perfect this art form and when considering body paint artists have access to people in vulnerable positions, they also need to be professional and discreet at all times. If you’re a prude or prone to giggling at the sight of a naked body, then this is absolutely not the career for you. As business owners, body paint artists need to be able to market themselves, build networks and make connections in a variety of industries in order to gain enough work to sustain themselves. With

the body paint art process taking many hours to complete, having a good handle on pricing will also help – this isn’t a cheap art form and should be priced accordingly. One of the best parts of this job is dreaming up new characters and new ways to tell stories through body paint. Just like artists who work with watercolours on canvas, or spray paint on walls, body paint artists work to create new worlds for their audience to delight in, recoil from or admire. The only difference is they are painting flesh. Even though the market for body paint art is quite small, there aren’t many body paint artists out there, so if you’ve got creative talent, artistic ability and good business instincts, there’s a strong chance you’ll be able to land some clients and build a tidy little career from painting the bodies of strangers. On the flipside, it would be tricky to make a start in this career as a relative unknown, so you should be aware of the difficulties of starting an artistic enterprise. If and when you make it, you’ll get to work in one of the coolest emerging industries on the planet, potentially painting the bodies of famous people, travelling the world to paint people at festivals, working on Hollywood film sets, having your work on the cover of Rolling Stone. Essentially, this is a career with lots of potential.

The lowdown

Education or qualifications: None. Experience required: Experience in the arts sector is favourable, as is experience painting and applying stage make-up. Training: Body paint workshops and classes can be found in some cities. Makeup application courses will also help with this career. Restrictions: None.

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