Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Faye Smith and I am a makeup and hair artist who originally trained in the UK, completing a VCTC qualification in fashion and photographic makeup in the summer of 2008. Having always been the artistic type, achieving my highest grades in subjects such as art and design and design technology, it was obvious I would enjoy this course. My teacher was fantastic and truly believed in me. She even selected me out of everyone in the class to work alongside her on an Opera Production. This just gave me a tiny taste of what this career had potential to become.
I began researching universities where I could study more about makeup and in no time I had made the big decision to move away from my comfortable family life in England, UK to travel across seas to Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Travelling alone with no huge expectations, oddly, I had no fear. Aged 19 at this point, I had never lived away from home. I didn’t know what to expect but didn’t really think about it. I left on impulse which some may say is risky but what a well worth risk it turned out to be. I attended the Masters Makeup Artist Diploma at Blanche Macdonald graduating in August 2009.
The course was fantastic and gave me all the motivation I needed to pursue my dream job. The school runs a careers office providing current students and post graduates relevant volunteer positions in a range of work. I made the most of this department both during school and after graduation, regularly volunteering in order to gain as much experience as possible.
I am now working as a freelance makeup and hair artist in all areas of the industry from beauty, bridal, photo shoots and fashion shows to films, commercials, musical and much much more.
People always ask me what I plan on doing next. Why plan things? Plans usually never go to plan. Take each day as it comes, take whatever is offered to you and attempt everything with your biggest efforts. That is the way I work.