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to make-up lessons, and you can hire me for Christmas parties, hen parties, weddings and photo shoots. I love my job! I am definitely one of the lucky ones who have a job that does not feel like a ‘job’.


I have also started to design and make a range of hair accessories made from vintage jewellery, and Bird Cage hair fascinators for brides.


What kind of formal education / training or experience do you have that applies to what you do? I graduated in 2004 from the London College of Fashion with a Foundation Degree in ‘Make-up for Fashion and Editorial’, and worked freelance for NARS Cosmetics, attaining product knowledge and new skills, all while doing photo shoots, pop videos, television, fashion shows and weddings.


I always had a passion for hairdressing and went back to college to train as a hairdresser. Working at Saks and in a small salon, I now have the skills to


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provide the whole hair and make- up package and I’m going back to college in September for a course in Afro Hairdressing.


Describe your work setting for us. I am ‘mobile’ so I can travel to the client’s home or where ever else I’m required within London. I do occasionally travel out of London but have to add travel charges. I think people can feel more relaxed in the comfort of their own home - not in a hectic salon with lots of noise - especially brides on their big day who need to be relaxed and can do without hustle and bustle.


What inspires you & keeps you motivated? My daughter is my motivation. I am a single parent and it’s hard juggling the two (business & parenthood) and I do it for her - but also for myself and the passion that I have for the industry. I love meeting new people, making new friends and seeing the joy on their faces after giving them a makeover. It’s a great buzz! I have the


drive to keep getting better at what I do. I would love to have a shop one day and it’s good to have dreams.


What is the most rewarding / most frustrating aspect of your work/ business? The most rewarding aspect is the clients I meet and their pleasure at how I have transformed them. The most frustrating aspect is that there are never enough hours in the day and I admit that travelling in London can be stressful.


What advice would you give someone starting on a creative business like yours? Go for it!!!! It’s amazing and I love working for myself - no boss, no set hours and you get so much back. It really is fun and no two days are the same. I was lucky enough to get a Prince’s Trust Grant. The Prince’s Trust were great and without their support, I wouldn’t have never have been able to train and start my business.


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