WP: What inspired you to get into make-up?
JW: I have always been interested in hair and make-up, especially in TV and film as you are helping to create a character. You can completely reinvent a person by making the subtlest changes to a character’s hair and make-up and I love that! I never really thought of it as being a career at first as it felt unattainable. However after researching the career path further and seeing the fantastic opportunities available, I decided to just go for it.
WP: Why did you choose to train where you did?
JW: I chose to train at The Iver Make-up Academy for a few reasons. For one, it offered a 6-month course which was the perfect duration of time for me to train. The content of the course was also fantastic, covering a wide range of different topics. Secondly, I had been interested in Greasepaint and after it closed I saw that The Iver Make-up Academy had a lot of the same tutors. This was important to me – to be taught by exceptional make-up artists who are very successful in the industry. As soon as I set foot in the building I felt that it was right for me, and everyone was so friendly and helpful that I knew I had to go there. The fact that it is based in Pinewood Studios is also a huge bonus.
WP: What opportunities for growth and support did the school offer you?
JW: You are always encouraged to ask questions and practice, practice, practice! I often borrowed equipment from the school to take home at weekends to practice which was so helpful. While training, we were also offered jobs and work experience including fashion shows, face painting and theatre. After graduating there is also the agency which offers jobs such as short films, music videos and more. I always know that I can call whenever I need help with anything.
WP: What has been your biggest achievement since graduating?
JW: I have been so lucky in the fact that I haven’t stopped working since leaving the Academy. I finished my course in July and went straight to work on a TV show, which was so much fun, and I am now a trainee on a feature film with an incredible team. Both jobs were through recommendations from tutors and I am extremely grateful for that.
WP: What advice would you give to people who are thinking of training to be a MUA?
JW: I would say to do your research. Make sure you understand the industry and all the options available to you. It’s great to check out different schools and see which suits you, and always remember that if you are willing to put in the work you can achieve anything you set out to do. It really is the best job ever!