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Students’ First Impressions (2) October 25, 2013

To get a sense of what it’s like to be a student at the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy Paris, we picked the brains of some of this year’s pupils to get the lowdown on Academy life.

Students’ First Impressions (2)

Students’ First Impressions (2)

October 25, 2013

To get a sense of what it’s like to be a student at the MAKE UP FOR EVER Academy Paris, we picked the brains of some of this year’s pupils to get the lowdown on Academy life.

I don’t have the percentages, but halfway through their first year at Uni a decent amount of first-year students realize they have enrolled in the wrong courses, are majoring in the wrong subject.  

This will not be the case for the MAKE UP FOR EVER Paris Academy students I sat down with this week. A few months in, they are as enthused, creatively turned on, and enamored with the subject matter as they were the first day of class, if not more so. The fact that they are sent out every few weeks to actually apply makeup at fashion shows, film sets and photo shoots probably adds to their fervor – no boring lectures, no endless taking of notes that then have to be endlessly revised. This is hands-on training.

Favorite things?

C: “Applying makeup on each other. I learn something, then I do it. There’s no lag time. I don’t have to study something for years before I am allowed to go out and do it. I love the instant gratification, I guess!”
E: “I was studying psychotherapy before I came here. But I used to love drawing, painting and artistic things when I was little, so how I got drawn into such a traditional, non-creative field, I don’t know! Anyway, when a friend started studying here at the Academy, something in me just clicked and I dropped the therapy and signed up here. I love that I can be creative and it will be my job someday.”

Hardest part?

B: “It’s really humbling! Our professors will show us a new technique, it looks pretty easy. Then I try it and….it’s not easy at all!!!”
L: “The pace. On the one hand, I want to learn everything, everything, everything – but we have to take the time to learn each technique well, to perfect it. So I have to be patient. Not my strong point…”

The funniest moment comes when I ask if there is anything they are surprised by. Apparently, June looms large in their collective mind.

L: “For those of us doing the 10 month class, we are learning body painting too. I always assumed there would be models for us to practice on. And there will be. But it will be us!”

Another student takes the baton, continuing the discussion on this sensitive issue but with a different slant.

M: “I am pretty conservative, but I think when we get to that stage, we won’t be looking at it as a model, we will see the body as more of a canvas, beautiful, and there for us to transform. And it will come automatically.
S: “If you do this for a living, I think it must be like with doctors – just another body to take care of.”

This lively discussion went on for quite some time, with some students taking it all in stride and others already thinking about how they will get through June with a capital ‘J’. We could have kept going for hours, but the sun was setting and they are, after all, studying in Paris. They’ve got places to go and monuments to see (and class early the next morning!).

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