By Shauna McGregor
Were you forever experimenting with your mum’s make up as a kid? Did you have lavish pamper parties and sleepovers with your best friends? If you have a passion for all things glitz and glam then maybe a make-up artistry career is for you! We speak to the team behind Glasgow’s own Academy of Make-Up about standing out in a competitive industry and asked for some tips from renowned make-up maestro, Sara Hill.
The Academy of Make-up offers unique hair and make-up courses attracting students not just from the UK but all over the world. They run both weekday and weekend hair and make-up fast track courses from their Glasgow based studio. The Academy was established by renowned make-up artist Sara Hill, winner of the UK’s Make-up Artist of the Year Award in 2012. Sara has had the privilege of working with stars such as Grace Jones, Emeli Sande, Melanie C, La Roux, Kanye West and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. She tells us what it’s like to glamorize the hottest A-list celebs:
“I have been a Make-up artist for 17 years working internationally in film, television and fashion. I love my job and have worked with many famous and interesting people. Being a make-up artist is the best job in the world if you want to be creative, like working with people and making others feel good. It’s also flexible and if you like to travel you can do it anywhere in the world.”
Fancy yourself as the next Sara Hill? Hair and make-up student Clair McCormick shares her experiences at the Academy with us, ‘I loved every minute of my training at the Academy. I graduated from the Complete Pro Hair & Make Up and really enjoyed learning the different of skills taught throughout the five weeks. All of the tutors and staff are lovely and very supportive, enthusiastic and helpful. The aftercare programme is excellent as well, and I would definitely recommend the Academy to anyone with a passion for hair and make-up looking to learn or improve their skills’.
Donna McGowan, photographer and Head Coordinator for The Academy of Make-up reveals how she bagged her dream job.
What is your role at The Academy of Make-up?
I absolutely love my job, and I think I have been so lucky to have come across it. I am the Head Coordinator for The Academy of Make-up and my role is very varied. I oversee the day-to-day running of the Academy and this includes enquiries, promoting and preparing for courses, events, organising models and photo shoots, amongst many other things. I am also a photographer, so this job is especially amazing to me as I am surrounded by creative people constantly and I also get to do photography work for the company! There are so many talented people I get to work with which is very inspiring.
How did you hear about the academy?
I stumbled upon The Academy of Make-up when I assisted photographer Martin Barker on a shoot in the Academy studio. This is where I first met Sara. At that time, I was trying to get out of the job I was in and work more on my photography work. After a few jobs assisting for Martin, I got a phone call from Sara asking if I would be interested in part time work for her. We met for a chat and after a week of keeping my fingers crossed, she told me I got it! Now over a year down the line, I feel genuinely lucky and happy to be a part of such an amazing team of people. I love what The Academy of Make-up stands for and what we do here, and I 100% recommend training here to anyone interested in a career in hair and make-up. To me it’s a no brainer!
How does this job compare to a boring, dead-end office job?
Some of my friends are so envious that I look forward to going in to work and have such a fantastic boss! We’ve all had our fair share of crappy bosses, but I seriously could not have wished for a better boss, friend and role model. For me, this job came out of the blue but totally at the right time. My advice to others would be to look for opportunity, especially where you think you might not find it. My life has really changed with this job and I have been lucky enough to work with and assist some really great creative people. I can’t wait to progress further.
Stacey Smith, bagged her dream job at The Academy of Make Up after studying International Marketing. Wanna know exactly how she managed it?
“After studying International Marketing for four years I finally graduated with honours in July 2013. Getting into full time work was proving to be a slight problem, as most employers were looking for a candidate with at least one-year experience in a marketing role. It was then that I took a different approach to my search and found a company called, Adopt An Intern who recruited graduates for paid internships. After being shortlisted for The Academy of Make-up, I then had a successful interview in which I was then chosen to be their Marketing Intern for three months.
While being an intern I had created marketing plans for projects that we were thinking of doing and taking on our social media outlets. It was also part of my role to find events for our graduates, which I definitely enjoyed the most. After only two months into my internship Sara spoke to me and said that she would like to keep me permanently within the company. I was ecstatic!
Now that I am the Marketing and Events Coordinator I have been involved with our NARS event and contributed to our “Market my Make-up Business” seminar where I gave a presentation along with Sara on marketing tips for our graduates and their businesses. I am currently working on many top secret missions for the academy which are all very exciting and I continue to find events for our graduates to work at.”
At The Academy of Make-up, you will be taught by renowned industry experts that have worked internationally with top fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Chanel; for magazines such as Vogue, Red, Cosmopolitan and Vault and celebrities such as Paolo Nutini, The Saturdays, Anne Hathaway, Clive Owen, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Alesha Dixon just to name a few!
To find out more visit www.theacademyofmakeup.com