♥ Company Name: Camilla J Collins – Hair and Make Up Artist
♥ What inspired you to start your business?
I was initially trained in TV, Film and Theatre hair and Make up at renowned make up school, Greasepaint. After graduating I went straight off into the filming industry and during that first year I learnt a lot from coming up against problems and finding creative ways of overcoming them. I was throwing myself on every project I could, be it a photo shoot, music video, short film and then…along came a wedding! It was while I was assisting of this first wedding that I felt something different, not one part of that morning felt like work to me… it was so wonderful to be in environment with such excitement and to help create beautiful make up and hairstyles that were so greatly appreciated! After the first wedding… I assisted on another.. and another and so it continued. After a year or so I had built up a bridal portfolio and decided to build myself a website and see if I could get my own clients in… That was a few years ago now and I haven’t looked back since.
♥ What do you enjoy most about your job?
I pretty much love EVERY aspect of my job as I am constantly doing something different. I love the whole package my bridal business presents from speaking with clients during their initial enquiries to meeting them at their trial and working with their ideas to create their perfect look. There is nothing more rewarding than working together and creating something special and tailored to the individual that they just love, and not to mention, making them feel a million dollars! The wedding day itself is always an exciting time, lots of fun, smiles and laughter – It’s just the perfect environment to work in.
When I am not working on private clients for weddings and occasions I am often working on photo shoots or film sets which is yet another exciting environment to work in with lots of creativity spinning around. I am very privileged to have a very versatile job which allows me to work on all sorts of different things, keeping my work fresh and also encouraging me to learn constantly and keep on the ball.
♥ What has been the best moment of your business?
I am not sure I can think of one particular moment that is the best as every job and every client is different and I always take something new from each one. I love taking on new creative projects and just throwing myself into them, I always learn something new and have fun with it.
♥ What are your business plans for the future?
Doing more and more of what I am doing now! I am constantly looking to expand what I do, working with new people, getting new and ideas and creating new things. I just want to progress and be the best that I can be!
♥ Can you give us a ‘Typical day in the life of….’?
This is actually very tricky because NONE of my days are particularly “typical” and constantly vary. My bridal work is mainly on the weekends, so as soon as Thursday evening hits and most people’s working week is coming to an end, mine is just about to get started! I’ll often be up nice and early for weddings, venturing on a little mini road trip to Oxford, Hertfordshire, Essex or wherever that morning’s bride is getting ready. There is always a buzz of excitement when I arrive at the venue… breakfast is underway and I am confronted by a room full of excited girls, usually walking around in their bridal themed dressing gowns! I always start with the bridesmaids and mothers first and come to the bride last. To be honest the morning always whizz’s by as I get pretty engrossed in what I am doing and with quite a few people to get ready in a rather short space of time, I need to be on the ball and working efficiently. I usually stay to help the bride get into her dress so I can attach her veil after if she has one. With the more elaborate dress designs, any extra pair of hands are welcome, it can often take up to 6 people carefully maneuvering a dress onto her bride so as not to ruin her hairstyle. When the bride and her bridal party are happy and all touch ups have been done I say my goodbyes and off I go, usually smiling all the way home… or on to the next client!
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