Val Garland is one of the most sought after makeup artists of our era. Creating looks for major fashion brands and magazines around the world, she has graced the covers of many an iconic publication. Not only a talented artist, Val is also the kind of lady you’d love to meet day to day, for a coffee and a chat perhaps.
I was so excited to hear about The Val Garland School of Makeup online course once it launched with Mastered and even more excited to learn that the course would offer up real industry opportunities along with expert guidance not only from Val herself, but from special guests like Vivienne Westwood, Nick Knight and NARS to name just a few. I was interested to apply as soon as I heard about the opportunity and limited number of spaces available to enrol, but thought I’d never get selected so didn’t apply immediately.
A couple of days of pondering later, a message dropped into my LinkedIn message box telling me all about the school and asking me to apply and to show my work to the school. I threw caution to the wind and poured my heart into my application explaining my current situation as a makeup artist and how I’d love to progress further.
I didn’t expect to hear any positive news back, but within an hour I had an encouraging email thanking me for my application. The next day, I had another email telling me about the prospectus. The next day, today, I had another email sharing a little behind the scenes snippet with me of Val working and a lovely compliment about my current makeover work over on my Facebook page. I was thrilled to receive such a nice compliment and it absolutely made my day. I didn’t expect to hear anything else at all apart from maybe a ‘thank you for applying, you have not been successful this time…’ after all, so many makeup artists, artists and aspiring artists are longing for a place on this course. I can’t even tell you how excited I was to open my inbox and see an email from the school with the title, ‘Congratulations Rachael, you’re joining Val.’ My heart felt like it had stopped for a moment, I’d been accepted!
I’m over the moon to have been accepted onto the course, so much so that I burst into tears as soon as I found out and got straight onto the phone to tell my nearest and dearest. I’m so excited to learn alongside some of the most talented, promising and innovative makeup artists from across the world and to develop my skills and portfolio to a fashion edge.
This is just the opportunity I have been waiting for and I can’t wait to grasp it with both hands. Brushes at the ready…lets go!
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