January 7, 2015

the school of professional makeup

It's been one year since I made the decision to pursue makeup art as a career, and I figured now would be a good a time as any to share my experience with the school that changed my career path. I started my journey where most people do - with an online search for the best school to attend. Being a resident of Niagara, I soon realized that I would have to travel to Toronto for the best program (and one that strictly focused on makeup art), and there were only three main schools that offered a recognized diploma program worth checking out. The School of Professional Makeup was one of them, and after much deliberation and soul searching I scheduled a tour. Rob Closs, the school's owner and creative director met with me and gave me a one-on-one tour of the school's facility and available programs. Rob and I clicked right away! He was professional but friendly, and down to earth (translation = hilarious!) After touring another popular makeup college, I knew what the right decision was; I decided to attend PRO makeup, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The program was very comprehensive and included everything a makeup artist would need to succeed in the world of Film & TV, bridal and editorial. Rob (who had previously worked with popular TV hosts 'Steven and Chris') instructed a few classes, but the majority of the time we had Christine, a veteran in the business having previously been a trainer for MAC Cosmetics, a regular backstage at Toronto Fashion Week, and a MUA for "So You Think You Can Dance Canada". We really learned from the best!  Every class was fun and engaging, and at the end of the semester we were privileged with the honour of working with renowned photographer David Hou on a professional photo shoot for our portfolio. 

Making the transition from Marketing to Makeup was a tough decision, but the easiest part of it all was attending The School of Professional Makeup... And the ironic thing is I live in Niagara Falls and commuted 4 hours every day to attend. I loved every second of my experience at PRO Makeup, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to make makeup art a professional career choice! 

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