Natalie Dent

What inspired you to train as a makeup artist?

My interest of makeup and hair came from my love of theatre, film and magazine editorials. After training with Servilles Academy in 2000 working in the salon and then travelling for five years I decided it was time to do a full-time course in makeup and utilise both skills together.

Why did you choose TMS?

After researching the schools in Auckland I chose TMS because of its diversity in film and TV, editorial and what it covered as a whole. I was also inspired by Dianne and Gabrielle who had such a wealth of knowledge and extensive background in the film industry and knew this was the best place to learn and grow as a makeup artist.

How did you enjoy your course?

I really enjoyed the course and found it invaluable and felt when I left I had enough skills to start out on my own and the confidence to make it as an artist. The tutors were always supportive and really made a difference to the learning process. The support I received after the course finished from the school was ongoing which I am very appreciative of.

What are some of the things you have been doing since graduating!

After graduating from TMS I won the internship to work on NZ television series ‘Shortland Street’ for two months which then gave me the contacts to work on other NZ TV series such as ‘Hottest Home Baker’ and ‘Nothing Trivial’.

I also loved Fashion Editorial and had a chance meeting with Black Magazine Editor Rachael Churchward and found myself working with their teams over three issues.

I have since had two baby boys and am now working mostly in the wedding industry which works well for me at the moment with my young family.