Jody – Media Make-up
Since studying Media Make-up at North Notts College’s Retford Campus, Jody has worked with some of the biggest names in film and TV. In this case study, we will explore Jody’s journey from her education to her professional career.
When did your passion for Media Make up begin?
“My passion began when I was just a child. At five years old, my Dad introduced me to the making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller on VHS. I was fascinated by the make-up and prosthetic applications. As I got older, my passion for special effects make-up continued. I enrolled in the media make-up course at the Retford Campus, which paved the way for my university studies, leading into my career today.”
Why did you decide to go down this route?
“Early into my school years, I realised that being practical and creative was my chosen form of self-expression. Even if special effects make-up hadn’t become my profession, I would have pursued it as a hobby. Whilst I decided to go down the university route, I recognise that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Some opt for shorter courses and still find success. It’s about finding the path that suits you.”
How has studying Media Make-up at college prepared you for your career?
“My education in media make-up not only equipped me with technical skills but also instilled crucial skills like punctuality, cleanliness, and hygiene. Principals such as these are essential to my career every single day. Cherie, Karen, Jackie, and Carolyn were pivotal figures in my educational journey and helped to teach and guide my path to achieve my goals.”
Jody Stanton, Media Make-up
“My education in media make-up not only equipped me with technical skills but also instilled crucial skills like punctuality, cleanliness, and hygiene. Principals such as these are essential to my career every single day.”
Which notable projects have you worked on?
“I’ve had the privilege of working on several high-profile projects throughout my career, including Marvel, DC, Disney, Paramount, HBO, and Netflix. My credits include popular TV shows like The Flash, Doctor Who, Peaky Binders, and Worzel Gummidge. A full list of my credits is accessible on IMDB.”
What do you enjoy most about your job?
“What I enjoy most about my job is that every day is different. I revel in the diversity and creativity it offers. The social aspect, working with like-minded individuals, and the opportunity to travel all around the world to various countries and locations truly fulfils my career.”
What advice would you give to someone considering this career?
“My advice would be practice, research, and patience; perseverance is crucial. Develop thick skin to navigate the industry’s challenges. Work on your weaknesses, leverage your strengths, and always seek help when needed. Be humble and be open-minded there is always space for growth.”
Are there any upcoming projects that you are excited about?
“While I can’t disclose specific future projects, I’m excited about an upcoming venture that has been a long-term goal. My career continues to be filled with exciting opportunities and challenges. I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.”
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