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JCI Makeup: Ones to Watch at IMATS Toronto 2016’s Battle of the Brushes

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Meet Sarah Campbell, who graduated from the JCI Makeup Artistry program earlier this year. Her impressive work landed her a spot in IMATS Toronto Battle of the Brushes competition for the character/prosthetic category. It all goes down on October 1st, 2016 and we will be cheering her on from Vancouver! Read on to learn more about Sarah – we can’t wait to see what she comes up with for the competition.

How did you feel when you got into IMATS?

I was very excited, I was initially turned away but someone had dropped out and I was the next person on the list so it was really unexpected to get the phone call asking if I wanted to compete. I am also super excited about competing in the 4 decades of Star Wars category because Star Wars was my dad’s favourite movies.

What inspired you to get into makeup artistry? 

In high school I was very drawn to visual arts, particularly painting. However I knew that having a successful career as a painter is rare. One day I volunteered to do the makeup for a school musical and it just clicked with me. It is a great way for me to constantly be creative and hands on with my job.  I realized that makeup is painting just on a different canvas.

What are 3 products you cannot live without?

I can’t pick just three! I would say my urban decay oil slick setting spray, skin illustrators on set palette and my Iwata airbrush

Tell us a bit about your experience at JCI:

Going to JCI was a big decision for me because I live in Toronto. I was only 18 when I moved across the country by myself and I was terrified, until I started school. I had such an amazing experience at JCI. The school is amazing, I knew I was supposed to be there the second I walked in the doors. The atmosphere at JCI is very unique. I find it to be extremely competitive in the makeup artistry world but everyone at JCI just wanted to see everyone succeed. The teacher are amazing, the person that still inspires me most is my special fx teacher Tracy Lai. I made great friends with everyone and I felt at home right away. JCI gave me the confidence to walk away from school sure about myself and the education I received. Definitely worth the move from Toronto!
Sarah Campbell MUA Work




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 into the marketplace. During the 10-month full time program, students study everything from glamour 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 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 theatre.

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