Every successful makeup artist, at one point in their life, decided to take their career to the next step and become the best of the best. I imagine taking the plunging step into this industry is what it feels like to be on the X-Factor, in front of 4 judges who are ready to critique your work and tell you to stick to your day job. This is how I felt three weeks ago. I finally decided to take the plunge and focus on becoming a full time makeup artist.
I decided that my first step was further training, not just in makeup but also in hair. After searching for courses all over the country, I finally decided to get advice from top makeup agency – Caroyl Hayes Management. I admire so many of the artists with Carol Hayes and thought it was a good place to start. I was told that Dani Guinsberg runs a school in London called The Session School. I was already a fan of Dani’s work and was soon on the phone to her, a little star struck, booking a course for three weeks later.
I was lucky enough to be able to stay with some great friends and planned to stay in London for around 5 weeks and really make the most of my time in the big smoke. (Thanks again for having me guys, love you). I was determined to take every opportunity that came my way and push myself to reach my potential.
I had finally arrived at the pub to meet my friends with the help of some very kind strangers that helped me with my bags. (Pay it forward). I was made to feel very welcome by the girls and spent around 6 hours laughing until our stomachs hurt. I had an early night ready for makeup and hair school first thing.
My experience at The Session School started with the 5-day bridal hair course. I found this so exciting and had no idea how much I enjoyed hair. I was very nervous for my first day at the Session School but had a very warm welcome from Georgina, the administrator who had previous been emailing me.
The class only had two other students, (Scarlett, from London and Allen, who had came from Portugal for the course). This meant that we had the attention that we needed and were worked at our own pace. (Not all schools works this way!) It also meant that we got to know each other pretty well and became great friends.
We worked on blocks (fake heads) and worked our way through braids, pin curls, finger waves, Barrel curls and many other different techniques. The tutors; Donna Allen, Amanda Burkin and Georgiana Teers are all very well known and respected in the industry. They have worked for names such as Coca-cola, Vivienne Westwood, Johnny Depp, Josh Groman, Ralph Lauren and The Corinthian Hotel's Daniel Galvin, just to name a few! You can see their work here :-
Georgiana was memorising to watch. She had the ability to tame anyone’s hair into a red carpet ready do, with what seemed so much ease. It was however, not easy! Once we attempted the same, it became obvious that years and years of practise have helped Georgiana get to the top of her game. She showed such artistry in her work and seemed to have a natural ability to shape the hair around a models face to accentuate their natural beauty. It became quickly obvious that we were watching an artist create something beautiful. I was lucky enough to have Georgiana style my hair one lesson and I was amazed! I felt ready for the oscars!
Donna’s style was creative and a little wild. She was able to create looks that were catwalk worthy within minutes! Watching Donna work showed that we were not only learning about hair but also becoming artists in our own right and creating our own style. It was exhilarating and exciting. Finally my creative side could breathe! Donna really pushed us to find our own style and work on that. She really worked on us as individuals and not a group. It was brilliant to have such expertise one on one. I also found it very humbling that Donna still gets nervous and even a little star struck before working with a celebrity, big show or job. I would never want to lose that; it is part of the excitement of the industry and what I want to thrive from.
So, Week one is over. The Bridal hair course at Session School is complete and under my belt. I wonder how anyone works in the industry without the tips and tricks I have crammed into my brain over that past week. My experience of the Session School hair course has been fantastic. 10/10. It was everything I expected and more. I would recommend it not just to new artists in the industry but also working artists who are limited in the hair department. It really is a game changer and I cannot wait to start putting my new skills at use.