At the age of 24 I decided to go back to college. I guess it took me a little longer to find my passion. I went to college when I was 16 to do health and social care which suited the job I had in care, but it wasn’t something I really enjoyed. So, I worked full time in a few different jobs before I decided to go back to college.
I’m studying theatrical and media makeup level 2 which also includes hair too. So far so good, I am really enjoying it. Some classes more than others but that’s with anything. There is a lot of different non-makeup related units to my course but that’s with any course, you have to do other bits are bobs to get the qualification.
I have one day that is basically a hair day, we have a practical lesson and a theory lesson. So far, we have learnt the correct way to shampoo and condition someone’s hair and now to do a deep conditioning treatment, we take turns each week in class to do each others hair. I’m enjoying this a lot more than I thought.
I have a tutorial lesson and a 4-hour long makeup lesson on the one day. What we do in this lesson depends on the topic we are doing. So far, we have done stage makeup for male and female and character makeup. It’s not the nicest of makeup looks but it’s good to know about it and how it should be done. Character makeup is a lot of fun and can create basically anything you want. I created the witch from Wicked.
On my last college day of the week I have a weaving lesson in the morning, were making a hair piece. This is a lot harder and more time consuming than I thought it was going to be. We have another 4-hour makeup lesson with a different teacher. So far, we have covered day makeup, Halloween makeup and evening makeup. I have really enjoyed doing different Halloween looks and we will be doing more throughout this month. I love being left to be creative and choose the look that I want to create, it’s so much fun.
It has been difficult going from full time work to being full time student again but I’m doing alright so far. I am enjoying the different trips we have been on and are planning to go on. I am the oldest person in my class which is strange because I don’t feel old at all. So far it’s all going well, fingers crossed the rest of the year goes as smoothly.