and pretty much anything else that’s required to run a business,” she says with a broad smile. “Each school has its own principal who is responsible for everything running smoothly.”
Students are encouraged to participate in various make-up competitions throughout the
year to increase their working experience and exposure to the industry.
“We place a lot of importance on comprehensive working knowledge, a full understanding of products and materials, but most importantly, a strong and professional portfolio,” LaReine enthuses.
This practical experience grooms the graduates for this highly competitive industry they’re about to enter. A successful artist needs not only to excel in the knowledge of the various techniques, but be professional in their approach and have an acute sense for business.
“Rather than focusing on past academic achievements, the most important traits are having a creative flair, maturity, a great personality and professionalism,” Abie says matter-of-factly.
Throughout the course there is strong emphasis on building an excellent portfolio which acts as the best marketing tool to showcase students’ skills. Contrary to what others feel that a diploma or certificate from International institutions holds little credit alongside a powerful portfolio.
When the portfolios are handed in at the end of the course, and they are of a professional standard, the graduate will be placed on The Make-Up Issue’s books to be contracted out to clients on a freelance basis.
In five years’ time Abie hopes to have five more schools across the country and his own make-up line under his belt.
“There is just so much I want to do,” LaReine utters. “But make-up wise, hopefully I would’ve done my prosthetics course in New York, bringing new techniques back, still teaching and working on big movie sets.”
“Maybe consulting in the manufacturing of make-up. The science behind it has always interested me,” she beams.
When asked how they came up with the name, Abie replies quite simply: “Make-up is a big issue for women – hence The Make-Up Issue!”
As for a pearl of wisdom, Abie enthuses about working hard and to go out and look for work; it will not come to you.
LaReine believes in patience (especially when things don’t happen immediately or how you want it to happen) and points out that a friendly face does wonders on a job or a shoot! “Always be honest, no matter how difficult or embarrassing it could be,” she advises.
The Make-Up Issue accepts both male and female students over the age of sixteen. A passion for the film, fashion, TV and theatrical industry is a must. This course is also highly recommended for teachers of drama and dance.
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Published By: Coltrane Rathokoa