My experience at Cameron Jane makeup design was memorable to say the least. I know I do not stand alone when I say that it is a highly professional and educational collage exploding with creativity and passion. Cameron herself made sure she got to know each student individually, making their voices heard and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. While at this collage I felt comfortable and accepted as no idea went unnoticed, rather it was challenged in order for it to be the best it could be. The teaching style for CJMA is one of the things I enjoyed most. As a very ‘hands on’ learner and easily distracted, having a multitude of trainers, who also were well established within the makeup industry, really made learning different. Each trainer had a different style and something else to bring to each class, as well as exploring all the different styles of makeup artistry. I also loved that the teaching style wasn’t just out of a text book, we followed curriculum, but the trainers were all able to apply it to the industry to give us first-hand knowledge and experience. As students there, we were extremely privileged to have Cameron herself go out of her way to have professionally shot photographs, with professional models, to start to build up a portfolio. We were giving a very vague brief to make sure we could let our own styles shine through in our work and be able to create and experiment with a photoshoot environment and learn first-hand about it, as well as gaining professional images to start a portfolio. For our final work for the year Cameron orgainised and paid for herself not one, but two photoshoots. One being for LITA magazine, having our work published on a full page and our own editorial story. And the second being a ‘Freak show’ themed SPFX shoot, giving us full creative direction. Work experience is also such an amazing part of the course as it is so abundantly available to students. Many people calling in for shoots, plays, productions, short films and the list goes on. Many of the trainers also take girls on to assist them, which is also extremely generous. The support network there is incredible too, especially asking about getting into the industry or even for retail artist jobs. Cameron Jane Makeup Design wants the best for its students and makes sure they do everything within their power to get them to where they want to be. For me, I am slowly but surely starting my journey into the industry. Having only just turned 19, I’m still learning about starting my own business and what I need to do. With my qualifications behind me, I feel totally prepared and confident in my skills that I can do it. I’m applying for MAC cosmetics and other retail jobs and keeping my main goal in mind. For this year anyway, I’m planning to do work experience assisting in bridal, special occasion/event makeup, fashion, editorial and even advertising, while I save up to move to London, whether it be through an agency or a retail transfer. I have done some work in advertising so far for ‘Smiths Chips’ and ‘Fisherman’s Friend” companies, I’ve been a part of the filming of a new movie that will be picked up by Hoyts called ‘Chasing Comets’. I also was working at MECCA MAXIMA at the end of 2016 as a Christmas casual. Without Cameron Jane Makeup Design I would never have had the confidence, let alone the skills and knowledge to be where I am today.