Makeup students have a brush with the world of film

Around 20 students from Middlesbrough College took part in NFM Film and TV Bootcamp organised by Northern Film and Media, the region’s creative industry development agency – and one of them found herself working for Channel 4 as a result.

Sue Wem, who runs the Hair and Media Makeup course at the college said: “I contacted Gayle regarding work placements for the students, and she came into college to meet the students.

“She then arranged places on a free boot camp for the students in Newcastle, where they had a workshop to gain an insight to media makeup for the film industry.”

Media makeup artists are often freelancers, and the students were also given advice on how to tailor their CV to attract work – and 18-year-old Zoe Lane acted immediately on it.

Sue said: “Zoe found herself working on a Teesside University film called Candle and Bell that will be shown late at night on Channel 4.”

Gayle was also given a tour of the college, and was impressed by the potential of an aircraft fuselage the college has installed for practical training of students on aviation courses.

She said: “Part of my job is to encourage companies to film in the North East, and to use as many local people possible while they are here.

“There’s a shortage of make-up artists here, so the idea was to give the students a look at a direction for their careers that they might not have considered.

“We told a production company about the aircraft fuselage because they needed to film in an aircraft, which can be tricky. It wasn’t quite right for them this time, but the more companies know it is available the better.”

Gayle is now hoping to organise further sessions for the students in areas such as studio protocol to make sure they are up to speed when potential jobs arise and know about the practicalities of the job.

“It’s a great potential career area for them, but quite demanding and not as glamorous as it sounds, so the more they are prepared the better,” she said.

Middlesbrough College principal and chief executive Zoe Lewis said the college was delighted with Gayle’s interest and help.

“We’re always keen to help our students explore new areas where exciting careers could lie, and the support of Gayle and Northern Film and Media is fantastic,” she said.

Middlesbrough College

Based in Middlehaven, Middlesbrough College is the largest college in the North Yorkshire and Teesside area, delivering courses in every occupational sector and at every level. It has over 15,000 students learning each year, and connections with over 1000 employers.

There’s a shortage of make-up artists here, so the idea was to give the students a look at a direction for their careers that they might not have considered