Kristyan studied media make-up at CWA from 1997–1999 and has gone on to be hugely successful with his own special effect make-up company, KM Effects Ltd. He has won various industry awards, nominated for a BAFTA and worked on various TV series and films including Batman Begins, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Inbetweeners and X-men.
“The course at CWA gave me various skills including wig making, theatre make-up and prosthetics which are the foundation of what I do know. I learnt how to approach design using references from a variety of sources and using ideas from the past and present, this allows me to make my work more original. The College of West Anglia was certainly responsible for putting me on the path to success.”
Pixiwoo - Sam Chapman and Nicola Haste
Former media make-up students Sam Chapman and Nicola Haste have gone on to be blogging and vlogging sensations with their company Pixiwoo that provide make-up tutorials. They have had more than 2 million hits on YouTube; have more than 350,000 followers on Twitter and more than 400,000 likes on Facebook.
“Studying at CWA was a great two years, we learnt the skills needed and gained the confidence to go out into the industry and put into practice what we were taught. It gave us knowledge of period make-up and how looks have changed over the years which we now use in our current roles.”
Hairdressing - Level 3
Jaymz Marsters works as a stylist with Taylor & Co, Downham Market, and is known for his “out-there” designs and vibrant colours, with his work being recognised by big names in his field such as the Hairdressers Journal and other well-known publications. Besides editorial features in ‘behindthechair’, Modern Salon and Hairdressers Journal, Jaymz found himself demonstrating his now widely used colouring technique “Candy Lights” on stage at the Excel arena on behalf of Hairdressers Journal at Salon London 2016.
Jaymz said: “I really benefitted from my time at CWA as it gave me the foot in the door and taught me the people skills I needed to progress in my career. My tutors were so passionate that they gave me that well-needed push in the right direction and it’s done me the world of good. I’m now in a contract with a big brand that I had always looked up to. Manic Panic actually approached me and asked me to work with them. Essentially, I test products before they reach the public.”