Interview with Tamara Burr

Tamara Burr

Date of Birth: 5/06/84

Where do you live: In Rabat very soon!

Status: In a relationship

Star Sign: Gemini

Main occupation: Beauty Therapist and Make-up Artist

Media-related occupation: Make-up Artist

TAMARA BURR is a Maltese-based freelance make-up artist, though within a few weeks she be will running her very own beauty and make-up salon in the heart of Sliema. She is renowned for her work on film and TV sets, both locally and in the UK.

Some of her work experience includes working on the set of international films and TV series which include: Game of Thrones, London Boulevard, Centurian, Asterix and Obelix and Jam & Jerusalem. As for local productions, she has been and still is very involved with local magazines, Maltese TV adverts, TV dramas and music videos.

What’s your real connection to Malta?

My mother is Maltese. We moved to Malta from Canada when I was about 5 years old. So I am pretty much like any other Maltese, except for the fact that I have a fair complexion. At the age of 19, I left Malta to work in the US. After having travelled for 7 years I wanted to come home. There is no place like home. We are so blessed with our surroundings.

How did you first discover you had a talent to do make-up?

From a young age, I always loved and strived in the art of dance. I danced for Yada for most of my teenage years. I must have worn full stage make-up every weekend, I loved it so much. Eyelashes were my favourite and still are, in fact. When I moved to the UK I was about 21 years old.

After having worked abroad Caribbean cruise ships in the Spa department, I was determined to find a career in a similar industry. I was luckily enough to be employed by The Body Shop. They are such an amazing company to work for. The training and support I got from them has taught me life-long lessons. Then an opportunity came up when I was working as a manager for one of their retail outlet stores. I was promoted and became one of their regional make-up artists, as well as a trainer for my store. It sort of just escalated from there. I moved on to study Film Makeup at CBMA and was fortunate to  work for MAC cosmetics in Selfridges, Oxford Street London.

I know you have assisted in the preparation of Brad Pitt’s make-up. In which movie was this for, when and what was your role exactly?

This was a very unique opportunity in Malta actually. Whilst filming World War Z, I got a call from the production company to assist Jean A. Black who has been Brad Pitt’s personal make-up artist and friend for over 20 years. I learnt so much by watching her work. Not only make-up wise, but etiquette about how to treat a star in a film make-up environment.  I assisted in preparing the trailer and Brad Pitt’s personal cosmetic and make-up items. I was lucky enough to be given a World War Z book signed by both Jean and Brad.

What would you never, ever buy – and why not?

Heels higher than 5 or 6 inches. I love them. Aesthetically, I think they look great, but I just can’t get away with them…seriously I just can’t anymore!

What was your biggest failure to date?

Giving up dancing in my prime years!! I wanted to travel, I was head strong about seeing and doing as much as possible before it was too late. Though, mind you, I wouldn’t change a thing I’ve done as I don’ t think I’d be where I am today if I hadn’t. So everything happens for a reason.

How would you describe your relationship with money?

It’s kind of very straight-forward and fairly normal with intermittent happy and anxious times. You reap what you sow, as they say. But I do love the way it feels to put some money away so I do that sometimes, in case of a rainy day.