Stage make up tutorial by Madison Keesler
I decided to invite guests to participate on my blog. It will be posts related to ballet, photography or both. I am happy to welcome as my first guest, my colleague and dancer from English National Ballet, Madison Keesler. She has just started a new youtube channel and I am going to let her tell you what it is all about.
My name is Madison Keesler. I currently dance as a First Artist with English National Ballet. I was very happy that Laurent asked me to write to you all, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share something that is very exciting for me: I have started my own YouTube channel! I’m still putting 100% into my dance career, but I am excited to now have a side project of my own.
When I had my back injury last year and couldn’t dance for two months, I was desperate to find something to put my mind to. I was watching some videos on YouTube and I found myself wondering what it would be like to create my own. I have taken theatre and film acting classes before, but I thought it would be interesting to use my injury time to learn more about everything that goes on behind the camera.
YouTube is a great platform. It offers endless possibilities to show and express whatever you want through film, and the best part is that the viewers don’t expect perfection. So it seemed like a great place for me to start playing around and teaching myself some basic things about filming, lighting, editing and more. Since then I have spent many months researching all the aspects of what being a YouTuber really means – from how Google algorithms work to three-point lighting and everything in between!
There are only one or two other professional ballet dancers who are creating content consistently on YouTube, so there is definitely a gap in the market. I feel that our world as professional dancers is so unique and diverse that there are a plethora of ideas for video content.
For Mad’s Pointe, I want my videos to cover an array of topics. There are so many different, interesting aspects to the world of a professional dancer. I want to film about everything – from beauty-related advice such as hair and make-up, to exercises, cooking recipes and different methods of sewing and breaking in pointe shoes. I also plan to have an ongoing series of Q&A videos where anyone can submit questions.
The first video I have put up is about stage make-up and then next one will be a hair tutorial. As time goes on, I hope my viewers will leave suggestions about what they want see as well. After all, this content is for them and I will be catering to what they want as much as possible.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my motivations for starting Mad’s Pointe, and where I hope to take it in the future. Please take a moment to check out my latest video below and let me know what you think in the comments section. If you like my idea of a ballerina on YouTube, then make sure to subscribe to Mad’s Pointe to see all my upcoming videos!
Here is a few pictures of Madison