Sizakele Amahle Mbonani (PHOTO: Supplied).
How on-set makeup artists are keeping themselves and their clients safe during lockdown.
The world of entertainment is slowly but surely going back
to ‘normal’ as some shows are filming again, and presenters are allowed in
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This is good news for everyone, including those who are
working behind-the-scenes. However, being outside and working with people is
still a high risk. Covid-19 hasn’t stopped spreading despite the recovery
numbers. What exactly does it mean for those whose jobs require them to be in
close contact with others?
DRUM spoke to a makeup artist on Mzansi Magic’s hit show
Gomora about how the lockdown has been treating her and the precautionary
measures she is taking during this time.
”Lockdown has been a very hard pill to swallow. I am
currently working full time, as a freelancer for the production that is
currently playing on Mzansi Magic called Gomora. I also have a side business
where I do makeup for commercials and celebrity events. I am the breadwinner of
my family and all of my side business bookings were cancelled because of Covid-19.
Lucky because of the contract I signed with Gomora, it has helped lighten the
burden of unemployment and cancelations.
Our production company started shooting from the 18th May
2020. It is strictly a skeleton crew, being unwavering in adherence
to the rules and regulations set by the South African government, under Level 4
requirements. “, Sizakele Mbonani said.
The government announced level
4 in April, allowing for more industries to open. However, with the coronavirus
cases rising by the day, certain jobs put people at a higher risk of
contracting the virus. How exactly does the makeup artist do her work while
adhering to social distancing rules?
“I wear a mask and protection shield during and after
the application of makeup to an artist. Our production company has set up medics
on set. Additionally, no one is allowed to come on set without temperatures
being taken. No crew and cast member are allowed to walk around on set without
a mask. There are sanitizing stations in all departments including makeup. We
are not allowed to gather in crowds and need to apply social distancing during
lunch. The company has organised for all crew members to be picked up at a
point and to NOT take public transport”, the 29-year-old said.
The Sowetan born artist has been in the film industry for
some time; working on shows such as Isibaya and Isithembiso. Having worked with
many people in the industry, Sizakele stills feels that the pandemic has
changed her relationship with her clients.
“I think the most difficult thing about doing makeup now in
comparison to before the virus is the physical contact you had with your
client. Now it’s no longer about being worried about smudging eyeliner but
about the safety of both you and your client.”