Right, this is a long one so TL;DR - Everything sucks, but sometimes it doesn't.
So on Friday I graduated from university with first class honours in 'Specialist Hair and Media Make-Up'' - Pretty cool, huh? Now I'm an extremely humble person, in part due to my crippling low self-esteem (too deep?), and I seldom acknowledge my own achievements because of it, but you know what? I'm really fucking proud of myself.
If I told you these past three years had been anything but wonderful, I'd be lying.... They were relentlessly brutal. I faced an obscene amount of obstacles while trying to achieve this degree. A broken ankle followed by surgery in the summer of my first year, vision distortion and diagnosis of a degenerative eye condition in the second year, delayed DSA assistance and two major relapses with my mental health in my second and third year, being hospitalised because of my mental health in my third year... having my heart irreparably shattered by someone I loved in the second and third year... However, through all of this I was still able to achieve the best grades I could because despite the absolute shit show my life had become (and my deeply flawed time management skills), I knew what I was capable of, and anything less than was unacceptable. With the support and encouragement of my beautiful family and friends, I prioritised myself by striving for the best possible outcome for my degree so I'm able to proceed with a career within an industry I love.
It may not have been your typical university experience, but it has undeniably made me a more determined and much stronger person, but most importantly I've started to love and respect myself again. You'll be amazed at how strong you can be when life forces your hand.
Worth it. #graduation#selfaccomplishment#selflove
my dad says the sweetest things 😂💕
making everyone who helped with my final major project a thank you card, i could not have done it without the help of my creative team 🤗
This photoshoot was the one I was the most emotionally invested in, I wanted to do it justice as it was based on a personal experience of mine. In 2013 me and my boyfriend at the time were involved in a head on collusion with a drug dealer driving down the wrong side of a duel carriage way in a police chase. Needless to say, the whole ordeal was terrifying, but the firefighters and paramedics on scene were absolutely amazing. They were so kind and caring, constantly reassuring me and even managing to make me laugh. Two of the firefighters put their jackets over me until the paramedics arrived, and at the hospital the nurses pushed two beds together in an empty bay so me and my boyfriend at the time wouldn't be separated. I was and still am extremely grateful for the efforts of everyone who helped us that night, including the police who tackled the driver in the other car when he tried to flee the scene. I can not sing their praises enough. Photographer: @igibson.photography #sfxmakeup#sfxmakeupartist#SFX#makeup#makeupartist#headinjury#carcrash#spinalboard#nosebleed#nhs#paramedic#firefighter#uniformservice