Priscilla J Walton
My love of make-up goes back to when I was 15. I would produce my own eye shadow and lipstick from berries and charcoal mixed with aromatherapy oils and trial it on my family.
I am the Head of Department for our Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up) course and find it extremely rewarding to see students develop their artistic skills. One of my areas of interest is special effects and airbrushing.
At the age of 20, I studied a Diploma of Beauty Therapy at Suzie Craddock’s International School of Beauty based in Nedlands. On completion of this course I was accepted into FMT (Film Make-up Technology) owned and run by Josie Knowland, a world-renowned make-up artist from Hollywood. This has now been renamed The Australian College of Make-Up and Specials Effects (ACMUSE).
My first role after graduation was working on the Cameron Mackintosh Broadway Musical ‘Miss Saigon’, before becoming a make-up artist on another Broadway musical ‘Beauty and the Beast’ for Kevin Jacobsen productions. From there I worked on the first Hollywood film made at Fox Studios in Sydney called ‘Dark City’, starring Kiefer Sutherland and William Hurt.
My role as a make-up artist has also included photographic and magazine shoots. After qualifying as a trainer, I worked at a private RTO in Melbourne delivering the Diploma of Specialist Make-up, before joining TrainSmart Australia in 2015.
Special effects make-up has to be one of the best career choices out there, as it means you can release your creativity. I feel privileged to inspire you on your learning journey.