Nancy Feldman

Nancy Feldman

Wardrobe & Makeup Supervisor


Blue Man Group

Orlando, FL USA


It’s exhausting, but you have to look for [opportunities]...no one is going to bring it to you and don’t wait for someone else to find it for you.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born and raised in Augusta, GA.
Has been involved in theater ever since she was a young child—her mother even owned a children's theater company where she would volunteer.
Went to a fine arts high school that allowed her to cultivate her love of theater.
Attended Northwestern University where she received her degree in musical theater with a minor in economics.
When she wasn’t performing in shows, she started helping out backstage with costumes and discovered she was more passionate about that than acting.
Attended Parsons School of Design in New York City, where she received an associates degree in fashion studies and began working in costuming for television and Broadway.
Decided to move to Florida to get away from the hustle of New York City—got an opportunity to work at Disney for a while.
She now works as the Wardrobe & Makeup Supervisor for the Blue Man Group show in Orlando.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Theatre/Theater
Northwestern University
undergrad
Bachelor
Economics, General
Northwestern University
associates
Associate's Degree
Fashion/Apparel Design
Parsons School of Design
Career

Career

Wardrobe & Makeup Supervisor

I supervise all costume and makeup needs for the Blue Man Group show in Florida.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Acting & Theatre
Acting & Theatre
Fashion
Fashion
Being Creative
Being Creative

Day to Day

The first thing I do when I arrive at work is do laundry, it's a very messy show! I restock costumes, do repairs, place orders with vendors, and make sure everything is ready for the show. I set costumes in their onstage locations and set the dressing rooms. I apply the bald caps and makeup to performers, and then get them into costume. I am there to assist the performers and do touch ups on their makeup. Afterward, I get the performers out of costume and makeup, do laundry, and then go home.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Understanding theater basics are really important, so I would suggest doing as much theater as possible for any theatrical job, onstage or off. For my role specifically, theatrical dressing experience and sewing/garment construction/alteration skills are very important. Special effects makeup training can be very helpful and can open up more opportunities in makeup. You should have management and administrative experience and be able to plan, manage a budget, and lead a team.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

If you love theater and know you want to be part of it as a career, don't limit yourself to being onstage. There are so many amazing backstage jobs that exist for all types of personalities, all vital to making a performance come alive.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"To be an actor, you need to sacrifice everything."

Ultimately, this ended up being correct. Being an actor is really difficult. In order to pursue it as a career, you do have to love it so much that you are willing to sacrifice a lot of things in order to succeed. I eventually started realizing that I wasn't as passionate about it as I needed to be, so I made the decision to go a different direction. Pursuing backstage work, costuming, makeup, etc. allowed me to still be involved in theater, but on a level I was comfortable with.

Challenges I Overcame

Career Change
Career Change

Going from acting to costuming and backstage work wasn't a dramatic change, but making that decision was still a bummer even though I knew acting wasn't what I wanted to do in the long run. It was difficult to come to terms with the change.