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Amy Prifti, Sussex Make-up artist and hair stylist

As I reflect back on all the work I achieved in 2015, I begin by looking at all the creative photo shoots that I was a part of;

Which is funny really, because out of the 8 photo shoots I took part in, I was only paid for two of them! Such is the way with creative shoots. They are mainly for creating, networking and achieving, not for money making. Therefore I have realised that these kind of shoots are nothing more than my hobby. And i do enjoy my hobby very much, in fact, I couldn't live without it!


In 2015 I carried on working hard to build up my reputation as a bridal hair and make-up artist. I helped 36 Bride's to achieve their perfect look for their wedding day 107 Bridesmaids, 20 Mother of bride's, 12  Flower girls and 5 mother of grooms!
Bridalmakeupbyamy is my main priority,  and getting all bookings in for 2016 is a must for me.  My advice to bride's is to book as early as you can - 2016 is turning out to be a busy year for weddings!
I love being a part of people's wedding days, not only do I get to do a job I love, but I get to spend doing it on people's happiest day.

Seeing as I do have enough weddings booked in for 2016, my head now turns to my make-up academy. I am extremely excited about this venture as it is something that I have always wanted to do, not only do I want to share my skills with anyone willing to learn, but I want them to succeed in their chosen career.
sussexmakeupacademy - 2015 saw me take on a business partner in Nicola Downey. Together we worked really hard to create our website and to get specialist tutor's on board so that we could provide the highest level of teaching as possible. The Sussex makeup academy is my highest priority going into 2016 as I really want it to be a success. Not only for myself and Nicola, but for all students we have on our courses. Not only do we want to teach our students, but we want to provide knowledge, work experience and the tools they need to succeed ,  which in turn, will build our reputation for being on of the top makeup schools in England. 

I was lucky enough to work on three opera's at glyndebourne opera house in 2015; Carmen, Der Entfuhrung and the amazing Saul which received many awards.  I'm looking forward to returning to glyndebourne in 2016, adding to my workload, but it is one of the most beautiful places to work and I get to play 'make believe' every evening I am there.

I have thoroughly enjoyed myself teaching at various colleges around the country for Annabelles Wigs and hope to continue doing so in 2016. Not only do I get to spend the day with my lovely friend Claire, but i get to teach and share knowledge with students, helping to teach the hair stylists of the future. 

I also have a few 'bitty' jobs throughout each year, these include beauty treatments in the form of eyelash extensions and gel nails and I have my regular clients who always book me, so I have no need to advertise these. I also have clients who book me for makeovers whenever they go out, prom hair and makeup's and makeovers for studio photo shoots.  This type of work gives me a varied work/lifestyle and keeps some money rolling in! I hope everyone keeps using me in 2016.

Although there are still a few 'regular' jobs that I do that have nothing to do with hair and make-up,  as a wife and mum who had bills to pay, I look forward to keeping these jobs in 2016 as not only are they enjoyable, but they keep me sane knowing that I have some regular money coming in from somewhere!

Let's hope I remain focused, work hard and get booked up for 2016. I do believe that good things come to those who work hard for them to come true mixed in with a lot of talent and some good fortune from time to time.

Wishing you all a very happy new year. I'm hoping our paths will cross sometime in 2016.

Amy x


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