What did you want to be growing up?
Growing up I used to flip between being an actress, then a lawyer, and by the time I left school I wanted to be a session drummer and take after my dad. I never liked fashion though, I was a total tomboy, always in sports clothes and I hated make-up.
When I got my first job at a piercing studio I became interested in make-up. A girl there was a make-up artist-turned-piercer who wore the most amazing eye make-up. I’d end up spending my £25 daily salary in Superdrug on Barry M Dazzle Dusts trying to recreate it, and from there it became an obsession.
When I was 19 I’d been working in a corporate role for the NHS, and decided to take a refund on my pension contributions and take a nine-week evening course at the London College of Fashion, and I completely adored it. My tutor, Lucy Wearing, was a massive inspiration for me and opened my eyes to a whole new world of fashion make-up legends such as Pat McGrath, Serge Lutens and Schiaparelli.
After a couple more years I finally decided to bite the bullet and apply for a degree. I started uni at 23, so I always felt I was on the back foot and had to work extra-hard. During my second year I stopped attending so I could concentrate on networking and shooting to build up a portfolio. Between attending uni, working part-time to survive, networking and shooting something had to give.