LCF Interview

I had an interview with LCF for the make up for fashion course. When i got there, there were loads of people there already, I was waiting with some girls who applied for the same course so that was nice. We all got called up individually for the interviews. The interview was quite quick but they were flicking through my portfolio while asking me questions. The only thing I didn't like was they didn't really let me talk about the work in my portfolio, they just kept flicking. But the conversation was flowing well and I asked some good questions as well. So I'm hoping for the best!

LCF Open Day:

There are 2 courses I'm interested in at UAL and they're both at LCF. The campus I visited was in Shepherds bush, which isn't too far. However I didn't really like the campus - it looked like a secondary school. I went to both of the course talks but the course director for the fashion course wasn't in so i wasn't able to get as much information as I wanted, but in still talked to one of the lecturers. As of now, I prefer the make up for prosthetics course because it gives you more creative freedom compared to the makeup for fashion course which is very client brief based. I'm still giving it some thought

Personal Statement

My favourite thing about Makeup is its versatility, you can create anything and everything. I developed an interest in makeup during my secondary school years, from binge-watching YouTube videos of beauty gurus to window shopping at high-end makeup counters. I would practice looks on my friends and do mini shoots using my phone camera. Since then I've been building my collection and skills. Through studying and playing with makeup I started to view it as a career option whereas before it was just a hobby. This was a pivotal moment for me because I had never felt like I had a passion strong enough for anything, especially to commit to for life. During my makeup course, I had a chance to learn and explore a range of styles that I hadn't tried before. It gave me the chance to become more rounded in what I do rather than being a one trick pony - which I really appreciate. I learned SFX, prosthetics, body painting, and editorial styles. I have a real desire to learn, I know that I'm not the best that I can be yet so I just want to develop my skills in the best way that I can to be the best that I can and I feel that a university education will help me achieve that whilst opening many doors.

My biggest inspiration in Makeup is Pat Mcgrath, being one of very few successful black female makeup artists in the fashion industry but also being named the most influential makeup artist in the world is such an achievement. She has broken down boundaries for many others like myself, which is really important. Studying art has helped me learn the anatomy of the human body through life drawing and observational drawing, which I think is a fundamental thing within makeup. Coming to Brit school from my secondary school was another life changer for me. I was exposed to lots of new people and a new environment which I believe allowed me to flourish creatively and most importantly it provided the opportunity to study make-up and prosthetics in an environment where I was able to work collaboratively with those aspiring to be creative professionals as well. In my first year, as part of my graphics project we had to produce work to be sold commercially - I was inspired to design a label called 'GRL PWR' printing my design in bubble gum pink on t-shirts. I modelled the t-shirts wearing bold make-up to promote them. My products were the only ones to sell out completely and I made a good profit. Earlier this year my school selected my makeup shoot from all students to use as a promo for the new academic year, my work was displayed on billboards all around London, and on the prospectus for the school. I have also collaborated with some other students from my college to create films and photoshoots. This was really rewarding as I learnt what it was like to be on set and important things about professionalism. This was also a good way for me to start making contacts, building work for my portfolio and learning about the industry. I have also had experience freelancing, I did the make up for the London School of Samba at the Notting Hill Carnival last year. This was a really fast paced environment but it was also very fun. I learnt a lot about how to do things quickly but to a high standard, there were a lot more dancers than I had expected but I managed to get through it.

I have had a part-time job for 6 months as a waitress and am currently working in retail for M&M's World. This experience is challenging, trying to balance work and college. I'm learning to understand how hard I can work without sacrificing my grades and then work within those boundaries. I have been working as a member of a team with different people from all walks of life and parts of the world. I think that all my experiences to date have worked well to make me the person I am today, someone who is curious and adventurous and is able to work hard, both independently and with a team, through challenges to achieve her goals.

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I got into LCF and Southampton! I still haven't seen Southampton so i'm going to their open day next week.
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Falmouth Open Day:

So I did the 6 hour drive down to Cornwall to go and see Falmouth uni for their fine art course. My dad went there to do graphics and wants me to follow his footsteps so he didn't mind the drive! I personally though this uni was waayyyy too far from home for me though. The course talk was quite short but all my question were answered on the tour. The campus was really big, which I didn't expect and i like the space and greenery.However, at the end of the trip I realised I didn't really want to study fine art and I prefer make up.

I finally applied for both LCF courses, bournemouth and Southampton Solent. Southampton was a bit out of the blue and I mainly applied to take up a choice, but I heard the course there is quite good. I'm mainly using it as a back up option. I can still go to an open day at a later date.

I got online portfolio requests from all 4 unis. At the moment I think Bournemouth is my first choice, but at the same time I'm not sure about moving away from home. I'm a bit scared!

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At the moment I'm just waiting to hear from the other LCF course before I make my final decision.
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I didn't get into Bournemouth, I'm a bit gutted because it was my first choice. So now UAL is my first choice, I'm still waiting to hear back.
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