Former Retford Post 16 Centre Theatrical Media Make-up student Jody Stanton now works as a successful Key Workshop Technician at Millenium FX, Europe’s leading supplier of prosthetics, animatronics and special make-up FX for film, television, commercials, music promos, theatre and much more.

Jody’s role sees her working on exciting projects for national adverts and renowned British programmes such as Doctor Who. Other projects include work on upcoming blockbuster films.

Jody said: “A normal day for me involves a process called life-casting where you get silicone and cover an actor/actress to make a realistic counterpart. I also work in the mould shop and go on set with created prosthetics or props.

“When I was younger me and my dad used to watch the Michael Jackson Thriller video and I didn’t realise that you could get a job in making monsters and creatures until I discovered the Retford Post 16 Centre and I found a course on Theatrical Media Make-up; that’s where my journey began.

“Everyone likes making monsters right? It’s like Halloween every day!”

Jody shared her experience as a student at Retford Post 16 Centre learning key skills that helped her progress on to university.

Jody added: “I really enjoyed my time at the Retford Post 16 Centre. I learnt so many different skills and techniques that are so versatile. It was like a gateway to get me into university.

“I learnt so many different skills and techniques such as basic colour theory that comes into my work in the industry today that I’d be lost without.

“It’s a wonderful place to study with really welcoming and knowledgeable tutors.”

When asked to share any advice to current students or those considering studying at North Notts College/Retford Post 16 Centre, Jody added how hard work pays off.

Jody remarked: “Once you put your head to something and you’re determined to achieve something it’s unbelievable what you can achieve.

“I get paid to do my hobby. I’m living my dream. I love my job.”

“For me, college was a gateway to university. I now get paid to do my hobby and love my job.”

Jody Stanton
Media Make-up

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