I am the founder and Academy Principal of the Bath Academy of Media Makeup. Born and raised in Bath, I left home as a teenager to train as a Makeup Artist in London. Since 2002 I have been working successfully in many fields of the media; Television Drama, Fashion, Entertainment, Music, News, Sport and Current affairs. Working in the industry, and making many key contacts through my professional and driven work ethic, I turned my attention to my second dream; creating an elite training facility for aspiring Makeup Artists in my hometown of Bath.
The facilities within BAMM were designed to reflect, as accurately as possible, the makeup rooms that I myself had spent so many years becoming familiar with. They are designed to create a professional, comfortable and realistic learning environment for my students.
Key to my vision was creating a strong and diverse roster of tutors, each an active specialist in their chosen fields of media makeup. They are inspirational and passionate about their work and bringing their skills and artistry to another generation of Makeup Artists. None more so than Peter Swords King, who joined me in late 2012, becoming a creative driving force for the Academy. Up until this point the South West wasn’t able to offer a centre of excellence in Makeup Artistry like BAMM. Now the region’s first dedicated makeup school provides a ‘professional and complete’ facility for training in Media Makeup Artistry, with the bonus that the experience is based in one of the most beautiful parts of England, and an exceptional alternative to London.
I am determined that each of my students go on to fulfil and uphold their dream career in this industry. To make the transition into this challenging industry easier I have designed a fully comprehensive business module working with guest speakers in Wealth Management, Insurance Guidance, Tax & Accountants, Web Design, Branding, Social Media and Networking. Further to this I dedicate a one to one session with each of my students that involves appraisals and feedback sessions, writing CV’s and cover letters and ensuring they know how to find key contacts and addresses. I also ensure portfolio and CV building is administered whilst on the course by actively working with business’s, for advertising and events to ensure that each of my students are confident and ready to work professionally when entering this demanding, challenging and competitive industry.
“For me this has to be one of the best careers in the world. To succeed you need passion, determination, stamina ..and great personal skills”Melanie