After leaving my job in sales, I was ready to take the first steps in my makeup career. I began looking online, and one makeup academy kept popping up, DFMA. This was the Davinia Fermi Makeup Academy. I applied for the ‘TV, Film, Theatre, Makeup and Hair Course’ not thinking much of it, not expecting to hear back for another week or so, but the following day I got a call.
My first day was one of the most exciting days of my life. For the first time, I was a London commuter. Door to door it took me around 2 hours to travel to Parsons Green every day. I actually enjoyed it. I had time to listen to my music and catch up with some ‘24 Hours in A&E’ on my iPad. It was good for me that we didn’t start until 10am, so I managed to miss the end of the rush.
I ended up being 40 minutes early on my first day, as I had no idea where I was heading after I got off the train. Luckily The Worx Studio was really simple to find and it gave me the chance to watch the other girls on my course walk in.
I found it awkward that each girl that entered the café sat on a separate table. I would have happily had a chat with someone, but I wasn’t going to make the first move. Little did we know that by the end of the course we would all be meeting up for makeup events travelling 2 hours in the car, shopping for makeup and going on nights out together! I don’t think I could have asked for a better group of girls to spend 4 weeks with. We all came from different backgrounds and were interested in different parts of the makeup industry, but I believe this helped us build our skills and help each other develop.
When we got given our makeup and hair kits, it was like Christmas had come early. I wasn’t expecting to get so much stuff, and of such a high quality! Our makeup kit held all the basics for special effects such as scar wax, latex, fake blood, remover and paints. Our Makeup Beauty kit had 3 eyeshadow palettes, 4 foundations, concealers, liners, lipsticks, mascara, eyelash curlers etc. This course was going to be the first time I had ever done hair. Luckily in our hair kit we were given a dolly head which we could practice on. I’m so happy I didn’t have to ruin someone’s real hair! In our hair kit along with the dolly head we got curlers, brush sets, comb sets, hairdryer and clips.
During the course we covered everything from Bridal to Special Effects, Bald Caps to Snow Queens and High Fashion to HD Film Makeup. No wonder they call it an ‘Intensive’ Course, I don’t think I’ve ever learnt as much in one month! We had different tutors all of the time. Over the 4 weeks we met 8 different professionals that had each worked on music videos, TV shows, films, high fashion shoots and commercials. Their tips and experience amazed me. We had an amazing opportunity to hear about their lives, what they enjoyed in makeup and what they didn’t, what job roles to look out for, how to get involved and tips they have picked up throughout their careers. Every girl in my group had a favourite tutor and preferred their way of teaching, so it was good to alternate so we all had those days we really REALLY enjoyed.
Throughout the course we all took photos of our makeups to add to a portfolio and start building our website with, But on our final day, we had the lead photographer for Vogue snap our looks. I decided to go for a high fashion, Glamorous beauty look for my final application. I did this because I thought it would showcase the skills I had developed on the course and still be striking and eye-catching in a portfolio and on my website. I had previous special effects experience before the course, so I was so excited to showcase my newly learnt beauty skills ready to promote myself for weddings and proms. We had to bring in a model on the final day and I was lucky enough to be able to use my best friend, Chloe.
Meeting the photographer alone was amazing. He showed me and Chloe his previous work for magazines and fashion shows on his laptop between taking the photos of my application. I can safely say he was one of the most interesting people I have ever met, plus he seemed to love my work! When we got the photos through, he had edited them for us and chose the best ones. The colours and the quality of the photos were better than I could imagine. No wonder he is a professional!
To sum this up, DFMA was the best experience I could have wished for. It has given me the skills, the kit, the portfolio, the confidence and the contacts that no other academy could. Since the course I have done makeup for my friends to practice my skills, been interviewed (and awaiting a response) for a high brand makeup job role, Did the makeup for a fashion show in Brighton and being invited to closed door events for other top makeup brands. Plus, we also get huge discounts with our Pro Cards for brands such as Mac, Urban Decay, Bare Minerals and Bobbi Brown. What more could you wish for?
Take a look at some of my projects completed at DFMA.