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Born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Krista Natasha Hann completed five years at post-secondary and studied at the Memorial University of Newfoundland as a Naval Architect. As much as she enjoyed the program, it didn’t feel right. And so, Krista decided to follow her dreams of becoming a professional makeup artist and moved to Vancouver, B.C.

“Moving here was terrifying at first, I never experienced half of the things I have experienced here, but I am so glad I made the move. I miss home but the opportunities here are endless and the people are great!”

Prior to enroling in the Makeup Artistry Program at JCInstitute, Krista worked in the beauty industry, however, she was intrigued to learn about special effects makeup and set a goal to work in the film industry or as a celebrity makeup artist.

What inspired you to work in the makeup industry? 

I have always been a fan of makeup but never looked at it as a paycheck or full-time career, only a hobby. I had a conversation with my boss, Katie Quinn Sullivan, at the time I was working in the beauty industry and she used to teach at John Casablancas Institute, so hearing the amazing opportunities and people like Tray Lai, Ashley Tambour, Darci Jackson, Paula Magaton, Dawn Kolke, and Asha De Champlain, the list goes on but it really made me interested! 

Why did you choose the makeup program at JCInstitute? 

Reputation! I am a very nervous person at first and hearing how down to earth the staff were at JCI and how they made learning fun, I had no questions or hesitations about my choice!

My favorite part of being at JCI was being able to learn about all of the products and being so hands-on while watching a demo then reproduce exactly what you just learned was magical. You also had the instructors guide you through it one on one if you ran into any bumps along the way!

When I first started out at JCI, I was working as a brand representative at Sephora, and soon after became an artist at MAC Cosmetics. At the same time, I took any volunteer opportunities that came my way, whether that was fashion shows, mixers, modeling or charity work.

Where are you currently working in the industry? 

I was working on a Bollywood film here in Vancouver and the lead actor loved me so much that he asked me to be his personal makeup artist! I will be working with the Bollywood film in India for six more weeks and on my days off I will be exploring the beauty of India. The whole crew was so impressed with my dedication to my work and knowledge and I blame JCI for setting me up for success!

What has been your prized moment throughout your career so far?
I graduated just a month and a bit ago so I am still pretty fresh in the industry, but hands down the opportunity I have just received in going to India is 100% my prized moment. Hard work does pay off if you do your job and enjoy what you do, then the sky is the limit!
What advice you could give to someone wanting to pursue a career in the makeup industry?
Go with your gut and do not settle for a job you don’t like. If the passion is there and you want to make this your paycheck then you will be successful. Don’t let anybody tell you that this is just a hobby because it’s not… there’s a lot of money to be made and connections. You have the opportunity for your work to be seen all over the world. You can make real-life magic happen!

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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