Jennifer Whitus – Makeup Artist


What led you to a career in film make up?

I grew tired of working retail, and finally quit to start my freelancing career. It is a lot of online presence, and trying to get your name out there. There is so much competition, you have to stand out from the crowd, and referrals are a lot of my business.

Have you had formal training or has it been on-the-job training?

All my training has been on the job training, and before freelancing, I worked at a makeup counter and Sephora.

How does make up for film differ from other types of make up work?

With film, the makeup should be a little darker so the talent does not look washed out. For males, a little eyeliner below the lash line defines the eyes.

What faith-based film projects have you worked on?

I have worked on “Decision”, which premiered on the GMC, “A Season Of Miracles” starring John Schneider which is being released soon, and just signed on to a new feature starring Billy Ray Cyrus shooting in May 2013.


Describe a typical day on set for you as a make up artist.

When I arrive on set, I unpack my kits, and determine what the director wants the talent to look like. After they are camera ready, I make sure the talent is not shiny, and reapply lipstick as needed.

What has been your most challenging project?

I would say working to create a monster effect for an episode of “Ishine Knect”. Working with prosthetics was definitely fun and challenging.

What do you enjoy most about working as a make up artist?

I enjoy working with new people, seeing my work on tv and the Internet, working on major network shows, working on feature films, and getting steadily booked.


Tell us a little about your job with TBN.

I really enjoy working at TBN. There are concert specials, “IShine Knect”, “The Tony Campolo” show, “The Lads”, “Joy in our Town”, and “Praise the Lord” shows. I enjoy working with the same talent, since I already know what they like as far as makeup.

What are your career goals for the future?

I would eventually like to join the union if more work comes to Tennessee.

Anything else you’d like to include?

Just my website:

Author: Sharon Wilharm

Sharon Wilharm is a female filmmaker, blogger, and speaker with over a decade of industry experience. She and her husband, Fred, just released SUMMER OF '67, their seventh feature film. Their movies have screened in theaters, festivals, and churches around the globe as well as multiple television networks. They've accumulated dozens of festival accolades including many Best of Fest awards and 4 ICVM Crown Awards. Sharon is passionate about visual storytelling, branding, and marketing and would love to speak at your upcoming event.

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