What first made you want to begin working in this industry? When was that, and how old were you?
I have always loved TV and film as long as I can remember and have always wanted to be involved, when I was little I wanted to be an actress, then as I got older I realised you needed to be able to act for that. I also much preferred being behind the scenes as I found out in my drama GCSE. However, it wasn’t until I was much older in my mid 20’s that I realised it could actually be a reality. I had left my childcare job and had worked for a while doing bridal and event makeup, but my passion still lied in TV and film and creating characters. I thought if other people can do it why not me and I started research that night.
How did you find out about the Iver Academy and why did you decide to join?
It was actually my now Husband that put me on the trail by sending me a link to Greasepaint website. I had heard of this school and was very excited until I saw that it was no longer running. Through the website I found a link to Iver Academy. It was still very new (the 1st class had only just started) but I liked the sound of it instantly and it appealed to the film nerd in me that it was in Pinewood Studios. I went to look around at an open day and fell in love with the place and the wonderful tutors that took the time to talk to me. I knew it was where I had to go!
What was your experience like studying with the Iver Academy?
It was an incredible experience, I looked forward to every day I went. I learnt so much and made friends for life. Even now I still look forward to when I can go back and help out or do a short course there.
What was your favourite element/subject throughout your studies?
I loved it all but my favourite has to be all the period work we did, both hair and makeup. It was so much fun and I loved learning about the history of it all as well as the practical side. I also loved the filming experience day, it really solidified that I wanted to work in TV and Film.
Favourite moment whilst studying at Iver?
I’m not sure I can pick a favourite moment as there was just so many, even though I was living away in the week it just felt like a second home and I loved every moment of it. The knowledge I gained, not only practical skills but the workings of the industry has been invaluable.