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More Than a Year After the COVID-19 Pandemic-Forced Production Shutdown, Female Artisans are Still Feeling Ripple Effects

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Elaine Low Senior TV WriterThe past year has been “terrible” for Emily Tatum, a New Orleans makeup artist who works on television, film and commercials.

Both she and her husband, a construction foreman on film sets, lost their jobs “completely out of the blue” last March when the COVID-19 pandemic struck the U.S.“It was just a complete nightmare for us,” she says.

After months of joblessness, her husband found full-time work in October. Tatum unexpectedly found herself a stay-at-home mom for a large chunk of 2020, picking up a handful of commercial gigs.

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