Priscilla Walton is the Head of our Creative Arts faculty.
Priscilla’s love of make-up goes back to when she was 15. She would produce her own eye shadow and lipstick from berries and charcoal mixed with aromatherapy oils and trial it on her family.
When talking about being the head of faculty, Priscilla says
I 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, Priscilla studied a Diploma of Beauty Therapy at Suzie Craddock’s International School of Beauty, based in Nedlands. On completion of this course, she 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).
Priscilla’s 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, she worked on the first Hollywood film made at Fox Studios in Sydney, ‘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.