This week we hear from Victoria Beynon who has proven that hard work and determination really does pay off. Vix graduated from BAMM In April 2017 and has since worked on some fantastic projects. Find out what she has been up to and what path has led her to where she is now.
When did you decide you wanted to be a makeup artist?
I’ve always been creative and loved the theatre. I’m one of those people who takes forever to read a book as I bring every last detail to life in my head….. so I wanted to help create the characters and bring them to life for others too.
I’ve always loved Halloween and took every opportunity to dress up and paint my face. However, when I was younger, courses like this weren’t an openly available option to me but after years of working in a different field, I was finally able to take the leap and make a change.
Did you have a particular field you wanted to specialise in?
TV & Film…..I love films and the way a character can tell a story by the way they look.
Why Did you choose BAMM?
The tutors at BAMM all currently work in the industry so what better way to learn than from those who are up to date with the way everything works and can provide the best insight.
Did your ideas of what you wanted to do following your training change during the course?
Not really – other than realising that I would need skills in both hair and makeup.
What was your favourite bit?
I loved it all and gaining both skills and knowledge from the tutors was great and set me up for what to expect.
What was your first job following your training?
I was fortunate enough to be taken on to the main team job for a feature by one of the tutors. (Born a King)
How long after leaving BAMM did it take you to get a foot in the door?
The day I finished….however, I know and appreciate how fortunate this was and it has still been a case of working hard and networking as much as possible to keep working.
How did you get your in?
Through my first job thanks to Jacqui, but also since this I would sit down every day and research/email as many people as possible whilst also practising and keeping my knowledge up to date. I have taken some unpaid jobs since working on the film which has continued to open doors for me.
What have you worked on since?
Dailies on Poldark, Three Seconds, The Festival. I was also on the team for The Crystal Maze. In addition to TV and Film, I have also provided SFX for the FireService for their training days and run children’s SFX workshops.
I am now currently working as a trainee on the main team for the production of Phillip Pullmans His Dark Materials, which is absolutely fantastic!
What have been your highlights?
There have been though times throughout the last 18 months, however, I have learnt to again appreciate that you get out what you put in.
Anything you would change?
What advise would you give to your younger self?
Even though I’m 36 and changed careers so late… I wouldn’t advise me to start too much earlier as my previous experience as giving me a lot of confidence to be able to push myself. It’s not an easy industry to work in but I love the challenge and what each day brings.
Whats the dream?
I would love to design one day, but at the moment I’m loving learning the ropes and meetings so many new and amazing people and learning from them all.