MAKE-up artist Jody Lane has started a new chapter in her showbiz career by gracing the front pages of an international fashion magazine.
Meeting A-List celebrities, from Hollywood superstars to Premiership footballers, is all part of a day’s work for the 30-year-old from Lydney.
But she is particularly proud to have one of her models feature on the front page of Vogue’s Italian edition.
The former Whitecross School pupil said: “It’s hard to make the fashion and TV industry sit up and take notice of you when you don’t live in the heart of fashion capitals and thriving cities.
“But I hope I have shown budding creative people that by knocking on doors and working extremely hard, you can catch the eye of big publications such as Vogue.
“I’m extremely lucky to do the job that I do and I never take it for granted.
“It has taken a lot of hard work and still does, but I love every aspect of my job and enjoy the challenges, not to mention the travel.”
Jody said the modern, fashionable, make-up style modelled by Ivory Flame on the front page was at the request of photographer Mike Hardley.
She has been a make-up artist for 12 years and regularly works for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky.
Jody’s job has taken her to the BAFTA’s, she’s worked at Royal Drury Lane, the Palladium and regularly works with sought-after photographers on shoots, as well as being an on-call make-up artist for weddings held at prestigious venues such as Le Manoir, Oxford, Aynhoe Park, near Banbury, and Barnsley House in Cirencester.
After school and college, she went to Shepperton Film Studios in London.
From there Jody was catapulted into the heart of the capital at 19, where she started working on Family Affairs and The Bill.
At 22, she moved back to the Forest and through sheer determination and many years of hard work, she now travels internationally and all over the UK doing hair and make-up for productions, celebrities, award ceremonies and weddings, among other events.
She has recently worked with Niki Lauda and the team behind racing movie Rush, wives and girlfriends of Premiership footballers, and other personalities.
She said: “I always had an interest in make-up at home but living in Lydney it seemed a ‘head in the clouds’ career.
“It is hard work and swings and roundabouts, but you can go off and do some amazing things.
“It is a bit like acting, you can get an influx of jobs and then you have to knuckle down.
“I see it as a job rather than meeting celebrities.
“Because of how we are trained you have to follow studio etiquette and you can’t just go in there asking for autographs, we have just got to do our jobs and do as we are told.”