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Instagram Influencers You Should Follow 2018

05
02.2018

Social Media is always changing and new influencers are on the rise. Whether you’re in need of fashion inspiration or makeup, hair, and spa trends, here are a few influencers and graduates from John Casablancas Institute that you need to follow.

Gillian Cortes / @gcbeautyyy

JCI Body Spa graduate Gillian Cortes is an expert lash technician. Gillian has over 4,500 followers on Instagram and is accepting new clients! Need a lash fill just in time for Valentine’s Day? Check out Gillian’s Instagram page for lash inspo.

Megan Reynolds / @megan.reynolds

From fashion to daily inspiration, JCI Fashion Business & Creative Arts graduate Megan Reynolds is someone you need to follow on Instagram. Up to 5000 followers, Megan is not only an Instagram influencer, she also has her own blog where you can shop her looks and keep up with her travel diaries and lifestyle.

Jason Pillay / @jasonpillay

There’s no stopping this JCI Fashion Business & Creative Arts graduate from traveling the world in style. Jason Pillay is a fashion stylist and creative director who has worked on the set of music videos and television shows including Riverdale, styled editorial photoshoots for magazines such as HUF Magazine and Elegant Magazine and recently visited London for Fashion Week.

Close to 7,000 followers on Instagram, follow Jason for updates on his life as a fashion stylist! View more of his professional work here.

Shauni Karbowiak / @shaunicosmetics 

With over 5,400 followers on Instagram, Shauni Karbowiak is an Instagram beauty influencer and JCI Makeup Artistry graduate. If you’re looking to try new makeup looks this year, then you’ve got to hit that follow button on Shauni’s makeup account!

Sasha Leah / @sashaleahnails

Sasha is unstoppable when it comes to nail art! This JCI Body Spa graduate experiments with glitters, shimmers, metallics and more when it comes to nails. Her Instagram account consists of creative nail designs and colors. Not only does Sasha specialize in nail art, she also does lash extensions, waxing, and eyebrow tinting. Leave it to Sasha to get you pampered for a night out!

Meo Ho / @mymanemeo 

Looking for a local hairstylist? JCI Hair Artistry graduate Meo is a volunteer hairstylist for Covenant House, Vancouver and a hairstylist at Axis Hair Salon. Meo was also featured on Daily Hive Vancouver as one of Vancouver’s Best Hairdressers that will give you hair goals.

For more influential Instagram bloggers, follow John Casablancas Institute on Instagram to see what our students and graduates are doing in Hair, Makeup, Fashion and Body Spa!


JCI has earned its internationally renowned reputation by taking a personalized approach to education.

Throughout each program of study, creativity and passion are celebrated to ensure that every student maximizes their potential and reaches their goals. Our small class sizes also reflect our commitment to quality education and fostering individual growth.

JCI not only focuses on providing the most cutting-edge and relevant training available, but it also takes your postgraduate success to heart. Program Directors and Industry Liaisons are on staff to assist your transition from initial concept to securing your dream job.

Our local and international connections give you unparalleled access to makeup, fashion, hair and spa opportunities, and we fully recognize that our reputation is defined by our graduates’ success. We’re searching for students that share our vision and will bring their unique style, commitment and drive to the table

 

 

 

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Features

The Future of Generation Z

29
12.2017

Generation Z is known as post-millennial students who are growing up quickly in the social media era. The young Gen-Z spend most of their time on the internet, which allows them to process information faster than other generations.

According to WGSN, Generation Z will make up 20% of the workforce by the year 2020. Seeing the trials and tribulations of millennials has helped shape Gen-Z to focus on work experience and shorter educational programs.

“They’re more focused on earning good wages, and working in stable work environments, than folks who may be a little older,” says Ester Frey, VP of technology staffing services at Robert Half Technology.

Gen-Z is focused on the latest updates in social media and gaining information via apps. This generation knows how to be independent and self-taught. This is the reason that employers believe that Generation Z will be capable of taking on new work opportunities in the future. Gen-Z is entrepreneurial and has high expectations, according to The Huffington Post.

“Many employers are predicting that more teens, between the ages of 16 and 18 will go straight into the workforce, opting out of the traditional route of higher education, and instead finishing school online, if at all.” – The Huffington Post

Employers can expect Gen-Z to enter the workforce without a traditional university education, yet this generation is motivated to start their own businesses. Gen-Z’ers are risk-takers and we can expect them to be more collaborative.

Generation Z has grown up with technology. There is no denying that this generation will become more global and inspire new inventions.


JCI has earned its internationally renowned reputation by taking a personalized approach to education.

Throughout each program of study, creativity and passion are celebrated to ensure that every student maximizes their potential and reaches their goals. Our small class sizes also reflect our commitment to quality education and fostering individual growth.

JCI not only focuses on providing the most cutting-edge and relevant training available, but it also takes your postgraduate success to heart. Program Directors and Industry Liaisons are on staff to assist your transition from initial concept to securing your dream job.

Our local and international connections give you unparalleled access to makeup, fashion, hair and spa opportunities, and we fully recognize that our reputation is defined by our graduates’ success. We’re searching for students that share our vision, and will bring their unique style, commitment and drive to the table.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Fashion / Features

Instagram Blogging Tips from Fashion Graduate Emma Leger

15
11.2017

Meet Vancouver born and raised Instagram influencer and blogger, Emma Rose Leger. With a love for fashion and creativity blossoming at a young age, Emma knew that she wanted to step out of her comfort zone and dare to be different.

“When I found out about John Casablancas Institute, it was fate!” 

When looking into local Fashion programs, Emma took a tour at JCI, which made her decision about post-secondary education an easy one.

After graduating the Fashion Business & Creative Arts Program, Emma has spent countless hours volunteering in the Fashion Industry, working in retail, and has kept busy managing her blog, West Coast Kinda Girl, while building her personal portfolio on Instagram.

“There are many career goals I have in mind for myself. To name a few… I plan to continue to build my fashion blog and social media presence. I hope to one day create my own clothing or beauty brand.” 

This year, Emma attended New York Fashion Week and had the opportunity to collaborate with companies such as Australian company Sabo Skirt. The traveling has not stopped there!

“This past month I attended the Vogue CFDA Fashion Fund in Los Angeles. I was in a room surrounded by everyone I have looked up to, including the one and only Anna Wintour. It was a surreal night that I will always remember.” 

Instagram Tips and Tricks

Q: How did you first get into blogging? 

It all started at John Casablancas Institute! I had a social media class, (taught by the social media guru Erin Sousa). We were required to submit a blog post every week for the class and I fell in love with that course! I began to publish posts on WCKG ever since.

Q: What is your biggest piece of advice to how a blogger can get noticed on Instagram?

My biggest tip would be to create quality over quantity content. It’s important to put your best work forward as much as you can, rather than posting average content daily.

Q: Top hashtags to use on Instagram? 

Hashtags are very important, even though they are always changing. Here are the top fashion hashtags I currently use:

#fashionblogger #whatiwore #vancouverblogger #LAblogger #NYCblogger #losangelesfashion #westcoastfashion #newyorkfashion #westcoastblogger #styleblogger #lookoftheday #ootd #ootdmagazine #whowhatwear #fashiondaily #fashionista #outfitpost

Q: Snapchat or Instagram Live? Which outlet should an upcoming Instagram blogger use more often? 

Instagram Live! I personally believe that Instagram is more professional and an intimate platform to connect with your followers because everything is accessible in one app. Instagram is my largest platform, I don’t use Snapchat very often.

Q: What do you think is the best strategy that worked well for you to get more traffic to your blog?

I think the best way to gain traffic is to write about relevant topics, trends, tips and tricks to help your readers. It’s always good to take feedback and questions from your readers! Another good way is to be consistent with the content you put forward.

Q: Who has impacted you most in blogging?

I get inspiration from a lot of fellow bloggers! It’s so important to network and grow with other bloggers around you.

Q: What has been the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?

The most challenging moment about blogging was when I first started. Not many people around me were doing it and not everyone understood how it could be a career.

I know a lot of girls around me who have started blogging and it’s more ‘the norm’ now, but a lot of people I meet still ask “what do you do for a living” and when I answer with “I have a fashion blog!” they don’t always take me seriously or fully understand right away.

Q: How active are you on your blog and what makes your blog different from others?

I try to be as active as possible, but I am a huge believer in quality over quantity. So I will only post something that I am proud of! I think my blog reflects me and my personality very well, I always try to stay as true to myself as possible.

Q: A lot of people think that blogging is an easy way to make money online. Do you have some tips for those people who are interested in making money from their blog?

Blogging is definitely not easy, let me tell you that! We aren’t just a quick Instagram photo posted on social media. We are photographers, location scouts, makeup artists, models, hair stylists, fashion stylists, editors, writers and the list could go on.

We are our own bosses and we do all the work! If you continue to willingly take on all of those roles for yourself, the money will come eventually.

Keep up with Emma:

Instagram     Website


Love fashion and want to make it your career? JCI Institute Vancouver’s Fashion Business & Creative Arts Diploma Program provides students with a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry, combining creative and business elements. This diverse approach gives our fashion school grads a distinct advantage both in knowledge and skill. Prepare for many jobs in the fashion industry, including becoming a fashion buyer, fashion stylist, or for work in fashion merchandising. If becoming a fashion designer is more your speed, choose our Core Fashion Program. This course at our fashion design institute will give you all the skills you need to be a fashion designer. Choose between our fashion programs to find the best fit for you!

 

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Events / Features / Makeup

IMATS Battle of the Brushes Finalist Spotlights: Kathleen Fowlstone

12
10.2017

PART THREE OF IMATS BATTLE OF THE BRUSHES FINALISTS: KATHLEEN FOWLSTONE

Kathleen Fowlstone graduated the John Casablancas Institute Makeup Program early March of this year and recently came back to teach the Makeup Artistry Program. Kat is one of three JCI finalists who will be competing at the 2017 Vancouver IMATS this upcoming weekend.

As a self-taught makeup artist and body painter, Kat was apart of the 2014 IMATS and knew in that moment that she was on the right path. From being featured in Skin Markz Magazine for her amazing work to founding Little Monsters Studio, Kat has certainly left her mark in the makeup industry.

We are beyond excited to see Kat compete at the 2017 IMATS Battle of the Brushes on October 15 in the Beauty/Fantasy category. Catch JCI Makeup graduate and educator live at IMATS at 3:15 PM this Sunday!

An Interview with Kathleen Fowlstone:

What are you most excited about for IMATS?

Education! Learning new tips and tricks from industry professionals is priceless.

What is your favorite makeup brand? 

Mehron because of their variety in products.

Why did you choose to enroll at JCI for Makeup?

JCI offers a complete program with highly supportive staff and teachers!

Who is your all-time favorite makeup artist? 

Ve Neil, she is the brains behind many of my favorite movie makeups.

Which celebrity would you like to work with in the future and why?

Tim Burton! I would love to be the MUA that brings an iconic character to life.

Name your top 3 makeup products you can’t live without:

Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow products, Kat Von D tattoo liner, and Urban Decay setting spray.

What’s your number one makeup advice you could give? 

Be confident in your abilities, and always be open to learning from your peers.

 If you could give up one makeup product, which would it be: Mascara, Eyeliner, Lipstick, Highlighter or Foundation? 

Sorry highlighter!

MAKE SURE TO CATCH Kathleen Fowlstone AT IMATS ON OCTOBER 15 AT THE VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE EAST (HALL B). FOLLOW JCI INSTAGRAM FOR MORE COVERAGE ON THE EVENT LIVE AND VISIT IMATS VANCOUVER FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EVENT.


The 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.

 

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Events / Features / Makeup

IMATS Battle of the Brushes Finalist Spotlights: Stacey Koch

11
10.2017

PART TWO OF IMATS BATTLE OF THE BRUSHES FINALISTS: STACEY KOCH 

John Casablancas Institute Makeup Artistry student Stacey Koch is another JCI finalist who will be competing against recently graduated makeup artists at the 2017 Vancouver IMATS: Battle of the Brushes.

We are thrilled to see Stacey competing in the Beauty/Fantasy Awards Show on October 15, beginning at 3:15 pm. The theme for this year’s Beauty/Fantasy category is International Beauty.

Stacey is inspired by the endless possibilities to create and express a concept, character, and expression, which is why she enjoys practicing makeup. She enrolled in the Makeup Artistry Program at JCI because of the welcoming environment and creativity.

“The instructors at John Casablancas are the reason I chose this institute. The instructors are well-known in the Makeup Industry and are able to keep students up to date with the latest makeup trends and techniques.” 

Stacey looks forward to being at IMATS: Battle of the Brushes this weekend and meeting new makeup artists who enjoy the art just as much as she does.

“My all-time favorite makeup brands are Makeup Forever and Graftobian!” 

In the future, Stacey hopes she gets the chance to work with American actor, Jason Momoa.

“Your profession becomes enjoyable when you surround yourself with kind and humble humans.” 

If Stacey had to pick her top three makeup products that she wouldn’t be able to live with, she would choose the M.A.C Eyebrow Pencil and Natural Radiance Prep & Prime, and L’Oreal mascara.

Makeup Artists Francesca Tolot, Joanne Gair and Alex Box are all inspirations to Stacey. She admires the work of Joanne Gair and how she perfects fabric painting, and Alex Box is definitely an Instagram inspiration with over 156K followers!

“Keep practicing makeup. Even if you’re not happy with a specific look, make a plan and perfect it for next time. It’s the only way you’ll get better! And remember to always keep your brushes clean.” 

MAKE SURE TO CATCH STACEY KOCH AT IMATS ON OCTOBER 15 AT THE VANCOUVER CONVENTION CENTRE EAST (HALL B). FOLLOW JCI INSTAGRAM FOR MORE COVERAGE ON THE EVENT LIVE AND VISIT IMATS VANCOUVER FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EVENT. 


The 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.

 

Davneet Dhillon,
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