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BORN TO DO THIS: Janica Sandy, JCI MUA Student & IMATS Winner

Maria Velasquez
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Born and raised in Guyana, the only English speaking country in South America, Janica Tamika Sandy moved to Vancouver on January 3rd, 2018 to start the Makeup Artistry Program at John Casablancas Institute on January 4th.

Janica competed at the 2018 Vancouver IMATS this past weekend, the largest makeup trade-show. She was nominated to compete in the Battle of the Brushes: Beauty/Fantasy makeup category and placed third! Congratulations, Janica!


“Moving to Vancouver has been an amazing experience so far. I possess a passion for the fashion and makeup industry.”

Janica is creative, hard-working and very determined when it comes to her passions. During her younger years, she began experiencing with makeup and loved glamming up for special occasions. Friends and family began to recognize Janica’s talent and encouraged her to follow makeup artistry as a career.

“As a little girl, I dreamed of owning my own business one day, and my career as a makeup artist has allowed me this privilege. I opened up a small beauty salon in my hometown, which ended up gaining a lot of recognition via social media and word of mouth. It became popular!” 

Janica wanted to gain more skills in makeup in order to follow her goals of becoming a celebrity makeup artist, (Cardi B and Rihanna are her top picks), and working in the film industry. She decided to move to North America and enrolled in the Makeup Artistry Program at JCI, which she believed was the best way to begin networking in the industry.

“I chose JCI because of the amazing program outline. I have no words to describe how incredible my experience has been so far— I feel so welcomed as if I’m home! Everyone I have come across has been kind and engaging with sharing new ideas, as well as listening to mine. I really love the family at JCI and Tracy Lai has inspired me so much.” 

The few rules Janica lives by are to always arrive on time, practice sanitation and act professionally at all times.

“If you’re a young makeup enthusiastic who enjoys the art of makeup, practice makeup with everything you’ve got and don’t beat yourself up over harsh criticism, instead learn from it.”

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JCI’s Makeup Artistry Diploma Program has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter the marketplace. During the 10-month full-time program, students study everything from glamor and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal and professional growth potential.

John Casablancas Institute is the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theater.



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