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Meet Ashley Tambour: JCI Graduate and Educator

Davneet Dhillon
Blog / Body Spa / Makeup
19
06.2018

Ashley Tambour graduated from John Casablancas Institute’s Makeup Artistry and Body Spa Program. She has worked in the film industry part time while having her very own salon at home. After gaining experience in the industry, Ashley came back to JCI to teach Makeup and most recently, the Body Spa Program.

“During high school, I always wanted to become a teacher but I couldn’t see myself teaching a subject I did not enjoy. When I got the opportunity to teach at JCI, I was excited because I was now able to teach what I love! Teaching at JCI is great because not only do I get to teach students what I have learned in school, but I get to share my experiences from working in the industry. Seeing students succeed makes me feel like I have done my job right. I still work in film and take clients when I am available and stay updated on new trends so I can relay that information to my students.”

Born in New Westminster and raised in Coquitlam, BC, Ashley always had a passion for making people feel good about themselves. Working in two industries that allow her to do so is a dream come true for Ashley.

“If your client is happy it assures you that you have done a good job. Whether that’s a small change such as a brow shape or a polish application, it can make both you and your client feel great when seeing the finished results.”

Ashley chose to enroll at JCI because of the well-rounded programs and atmosphere. As soon as she stepped into the Institute for the first time, she was greeted by a friendly and professional environment and knew this is where she belonged.

She has always been inspired by Tracy Lai, Director of Special Effects Makeup, which helped make her decision enrolling in the makeup program much easier.

“Tracy has always shared so much knowledge and inspiration with myself and her students. She inspires me to work harder every day! I am always inspired by the instructors that I work with, and new people I meet in the industry. Always be open and willing to try new techniques!”

As a makeup artist, you set your own work days and hours, which comes with the perks of being your own boss. Ashley acknowledges that once you find your area of expertise, you are able to find a job that will be very enjoyable.

Ashley has worked on set of many shows and films including Once Upon A Time, Legends of Tomorrow Season 2, The Arrangement Season 1 and was an intern on Untold Stories of the ER, as well as various Hallmark and Lifetime films.

“The great thing about the makeup and spa industry is that there are so many different areas of expertise that you can get into and focus on. JCI allows you to find your true passion within the programs. If you end up liking all different areas, you are able to gain more opportunities because you are able to offer many different services.”

Upon graduating the Makeup Program, Ashley kept in touch with her instructors which helped her to get working right away and stay connected with the latest buzz in the industry. In less than a month, Ashley was back at JCI enrolled in the Body Spa Program.

“I was lucky enough to be the key makeup and hair artist on the first independent film I worked on. At first, I was very nervous to apply my knowledge gained from JCI to this film and execute the makeup perfectly. However, once I began working I got comfortable and I was able to build confidence in my skills. After gaining more experience, I was able to apply to IATSE and work on Union films.”

While Ashley continued working in the film industry, she also opened an at-home spa where she focused on nail art. As of now, she is an incredible instructor at John Casablancas Institute who sees herself apart of the JCI family in the next five years, as well as working in the film industry, taking on bridal clients and opening up her own salon.


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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