I just wanted to fill you in and thank you for the job that you sent my way over the weekend. It went AMAZING!!! So much in one day. we filmed a PSA, a Fox news segment, a music video for Ronni Bogle's fashion show and the reality show for Joseph and Cassandra. I ended up being the only person that made it, which freaked me out for a few minutes and I did hair and makeup for everyone and we still wrapped 30 min earlier than planned! The whole crew was new to each other and worked together like we had been together forever. Everyone was so nice and the atmosphere was really comfortable. I cannot begin to tell you how excited and overwhelmed I am! The contacts were better than I ever could have hoped for. Cassandra and Joseph run a new company putting together red carpet events and such and they know so many people! Ronnie Bogle was so nice and absolutely loved him and his designs and he invited me to his runway show on the 5th of August in San Jose to assist backstage! I am getting reels of the PSA, entire runway show, and Fox new segment for my resume and all the stills I want from the runway show....as well as my contact info and credits in all the 150 swag bags for the vip's at the runway show! I started my facebook page last night and posted some of my portfolio pics and so far people are loving them and Ronnie was really impressed! I am super excited adn a bit freaked out too :D I was wondering if you could help me with the body makeup I know we will be doing on the men at the runway show. We didnt really touch on that in class and I know that this show is all men down to their little skivvies! Super classy, not too out there, but really chisled and sharp. And OMG, they are some beautiful men!!!! I will do anything so anything you can teach me, I am in!!! I want to be prepared for the 5th. I cannot tell you how grateful I am to you for all you taught us last month. I felt really prepared for working on set and was able to get to work. Looking back I can see things I want to do better and things that I know I did really good with. Let me know what you think, like I said I will do anything to learn more!!! Thanks again, and talk to you soon.
From Students in The Summer 2012 Class
Amy, I cannot express how grateful I am for the wonderful experience you have provided to us. You are wonderful. Thank you for sharing all your experience and knowledge. You are a beautiful person.
Amy, you have been an amazing instructor! Thank you for all that I have learned. I look forward to seeing the photos and staying in touch.
Amy, thank you so much for all that you taught us. I have waited so long to find the right teacher and I am so blessed that I waited to learn from you.
Thank you so much for taking the time to teach us this wonderful, valuable information and the tips of the industry. You are truly an inspiration! Thank you.
Amy, you are such a special lady. Thank you for everything!
I spent 2 years researching various makeup academies before I settled on attending Award Studio this year. As a licensed cosmetologist/salon & spa owner, it is very difficult to find adequate training in the makeup field through our vendors/suppliers/company representatives, so I was very excited to find an in-depth program that occurs within a reasonable time frame. Due to the time constraints of my job, one week away from my business was all I could manage and thankfully, Amy's school fit the bill. In this week long, intense program, I learned more than I ever would have imagined learning about building a strong media makeup business. I filled one complete notebook with the wealth of knowledge I received from this amazing program! From makeup basics to industry secrets...Amy has developed the perfect program for all levels of experience. When myself and all of my fellow artists from all over the world completed the program, we felt like we had exactly what we needed to begin to build an amazing makeup business and then some. I feel honored to have worked with Amy and to have learned from her incredible experience in this industry from a model's perspective, a makeup artist's perspective and a photographer's perspective. In my opinion, this entire experience was priceless! Thank you so much, Amy!
I wanted to write and thank you for the wonderful experience of your Media Makeup Artist classes. I learned more and received a far better portfolio than I ever hoped for.
I just wanted to let you know while I was recovering from an injury for over seven months, I had the opportunity to research and compare all of the different Makeup Artist Schools. I made a spread sheet of all the schools that I could find from New York, Florida, California and everything in between. My spread sheet confirmed the information that became very apparent while training at your studio. I learned more, received more experience and when I was finished I felt more confident than I ever dreamed I would. On the way home I knew I had all the training, experience and confidence to start a very successful business as a Media Makeup Artist.
No words can thank you enough for your wonderful training, time, expertise and care about my education and giving me the keys to become successful. I am pleased to say I have already done several fashion shoots even though I only returned home from school approximately three weeks ago and will be doing a large fashion shoot with a well known actor in a few weeks. The networking and training I received to hit the ground running was far more than I could have imagined. I am already getting more calls and requests for my portfolio and makeup test shoots (a new TV show and a Movie) than I thought possible. Thank you so very much for teaching me and continuing to help and care about my training. You have made it possible for my dreams to become a reality.
With deepest appreciation and gratitude,
I am going to start off by saying that Amy Ward is one of the most inspirational women I have met. Her first hand experience and ability to express her knowledge is mesmerizing. I am a cosmetologist and have always included myself as being a makeup artist as well. After completing the Media Makeup course at Award Studio I am now so informed of every aspect of the beauty industry that I'm almost ashamed that I considered myself a "makeup artist" before taking the course. Amy truly provides her students with all the knowledge you need to become well rounded and successful in the industry. From providing you access to find work, prestige quality photos to build your portfolio, learning about different lighting and film, how to create the perfect look, professional style photo shoots, advanced techniques, what your roll is as an artist, finances, how to market yourself, and everything in between. You are really allowed to express your individuality and best of all Amy incorporates her professional advice to make everything nothing but the best! It was a true privilege to have learned what I now know from Award Studio and I have no doubts that I have all the tools to become a very successful Makeup Artist. Amy always said "less is best"; and I believe also at Award, you pay so much LESS for the BEST education and future!
Amy Wards Media Makeup Course was worth every penny I spent! I chose this course because it was the only one that offered SO much in such a condensed amount of time. I wondered how she could cover so much in the time allotted but somehow she did! I have pages and pages of valuable notes and knowledge that Amy passed down after her years of experience not only as a makeup artist but as a model AND photographer. This gives you indispensable information about makeup artistry from all perspectives. I was so nervous the first day but Amy's warm demeanor quickly set me at ease. Amy is quick with her praise when you've done well and gentle when pointing out what ways you can improve your technique. I look forward to seeing the photographs of the models Amy provided for us to work on and making my portfolio so I can get started on my new career!
I am so thrilled that I graduated from Award Studio. I have always had a passion for make-up artistry and have attended classes and workshops in the past, but nothing compares to my experience at Award Studio. I was intrigued by the "one-week" format that this school offers and wanted to know more information. I called and spoke with the school director, Amy Ward, and asked her a few questions about the school. After speaking with Amy, I knew that this was the place to be! I applied and was accepted into the class beginning June 8, 2009. The small class size made the entire training more personal and I feel that it allowed me to receive so much attention and feedback on my work. ALL of the areas of study in the course where exactly what current job employers where looking for - and helps you build an impressive portfolio! Amy shares her wealth of experience in the industry (as a model, make-up artist, and photographer) and gave us the insider tools that would take anyone years to learn. Upon graduating, I felt confident in my craft and in the industry!
There are no words to describe my gratitude towards Amy and Award Studio!
Chez (Pomona, CA)
I am so grateful to Amy for everything she taught me. The course was extremely eye-opening and the advice I received so down-to-earth. I was choosing between different schools and I am really glad I picked this one - it gave me no false illusions, no unnecessary praising but prepared me to what to expect working as a media make-up artist, how to do the business right and what to look for. I also received my portfolio which is an amazing addition to everything I learned about media make up, and it is not just a couple of pictures - it is a full set of works that I am able to post online and put in my folder. Amy Ward is an amazing person - so full of positive energy and inspiring! She is the kind of teacher I was looking for - direct, to the point, encouraging and non-judging. Definitely, one of the best decisions I made.
Lina (From Russia but living in Los Angeles)
I am writing this letter to you because I feel that I owe you a great deal of thanks and appreciation for all of your dedication and motivation. I had been looking into makeup schools for about five years while in college. I immediately became intrigued with your one week course, but still decided to do some more research. I then came to the conclusion that my desire for media makeup and the variety of experience you have made this the perfect course for me. Coming to your pre-class introduction I was able to discuss all the questions and concerns I had, which confirmed even more that I wanted to attend your school. I was very excited because you were so enthusiastic and excited as well. I knew I was going to have a great experience.
Finally getting to attend your course was an unbelievable experience. I felt you were more than just a teacher, but also a role model and confidant. Your personality is so warm and I felt our class became more like a family than just a class, because of how you made us feel. With your professional approach I learned so much and have been very successful in my career. I wanted to thank you for all the job opportunities you have recommended me for, as well as your many conversations with me when I needed professional advice. I just completed an awesome road trip doing makeup for a band and there are many jobs lined up for the next few months. You have made a great impact on my life and my career and I am truly grateful. Continue making dreams a reality!!!!
Alexis Morin (California)
The training & tools that I received at Award Studio has propelled me in the direction of becoming a very successful makeup artist. Inside information from a professional photographer, model & makeup artist is priceless. Within this one week corriculum Amy combines application & theory along with real photo shoots that creates a simulation of what it will be like working in the industry.
I left Award Studio with so much more than i could have ever expected. Everyone is so impressed with my portfolio & I am so proud & excited to show it every single chance I get! To do this on my own, i can't even imagine how much money, time & effort it would have taken to hire models & a professional photographer, plus rent a studio & professional equipment, not to mention purchasing all the makeup products & tools Amy provides in our beautiful makeup kits.
It's almost unfair to other makeup artists...aspiring or working, because what will take others years to accomplish, Award Studio provides in just one week. Thank you Amy for creating this program with such a fun environment. It's an experience I will never forget & I hope you realize the amazing opportunities taking this class has brought me.
Ebony Rose (Philadelphia, PA)
Just wanted to let you know, I had a wonderful time with this course. It felt like Media Make-up boot camp but fun. Thanks for sharing your life experiences as a Makeup artist in the media industry with us. I took lots and lots of notes. From time to time, I go through my notes and its almost like taking the class over again because I learn something new every time I go through them. It's been a journey since completing the course and I have been confidently applying what we were taught in class when going on jobs as Make-up artist. I loved the part that we had a diverse group of models to work with in building our portfolio. The photo shoot was exciting. As a hair stylist, I'm excited to add makeup artist to my title as a "Hair & Makeup Artist". Thank you so much, I couldn't have chosen a better school.
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I signed up for your class and the moment I walked into your beautiful studio I knew something exciting was about to happen. It was such a pleasure and an honor to meet you and learn from you. I found it very generous of you to share your expertise and skills that took years to collect with your students. You not only taught me how to put media make-up on a strangers' face but to overcome my hesitation of touching a stranger's face all together and even have fun with it. I learned so much about facial features, lighting, networking, conversations with clients and employers alike that it left me with the impression I went to school for at least 3 months instead of only 7 days. You left me with an all new self-confidence and a huge smile and I am hoping that many fellow students will be able to experience your inspiring work of art. You inspired me in so many ways that I shall be forever greatful and I am very proud that I had the honor and the privilege of getting a good glimpse into the world of make-up and Amy Ward.
Thank you very much!
Alexandra Gimmel (Florida)
I have been interested in makeup artistry since junior high school and absolutely fell in love with the idea around my 20th birthday. I started working at a makeup counter but felt I couldn't get the experience and skills I needed to branch out to bigger and better things. I needed instruction and I found the best at Award Studio. I had researched other lengthy schools in the LA area and was intrigued by the one week course Amy offered. As soon as I walked into Amy's studio, I felt confidence beaming out of the other artists at work, which I didn't notice at other schools. Amy's photography is stunning, which I also didn't see at other schools. With Amy's experience and knowledge, I was able to build a portfolio that has helped me to become a successful artist. I felt like the small class size allowed me to get the training I needed to build my confidence to get out there and do it! Going to Amy's course was an amazing experience!
Kelsey Turnbull (Santa Cruz, CA)
I am definitely convinced that the Media Makeup course is legitimate and I couln't have landed in a better place. Amy Ward is a wealth of information with the years of experience in several fields. Thank you Amy and I recommend this course to anyone with a true passion in makeup artistry and determination to get out there and show the world your creativity! I give it an A+!
Katty A. Estrada
I had my doubts about how it was possible to learn so much in such a short period of time. But having gone through the course, I understand how Amy does it. It's a combination of her years of experience in front and behind the camera that culminate into that one week class. She knows what the photographer is looking for and she knows what we as the make up artists need to do to make it happen. Plus - the class sizes are small and it's easy to call out, "Amy!" when you think you're not sure or you've messed up.
Amy is a sweetheart - so creative, so approachable and so knowledgeable. She has an amazing energy about her - the entire class was swept up in her whirlwind of enthusiasm. She loves what she does and it was immediately infused upon us. Amy embraces your creativity and nurtures it and lets it shine. I wish more teachers, instructors and professors could be like her. She KNOWS how to teach. I've never felt more confident leaving a class into the real world - and I've been to too many classes thus far.
Thank you Amy! You ROCK!!!
Alex (Los Angeles)
I just wanted to thank you for the career oportunity and training. I have been home less than 30 days and already have two upcoming weddings, two bridal shows, a runway show booked and am building a business I hope to pass down to my three beautiful girls some day. Savaden Make-up Artistry is in the making. We not only learned media make-up, runway make-up, special effect application, the importance of sanitation.....we learned the most important part about the make-up industry......HOW TO MAKE MONEY!! Without taking this class I would still just be a stay at home mom doing favors for prom queens and brides. I knew I was motivated and loved to play with make-up but had no idea of my passion for the industry. I would recommend this class for anyone who loves make-up as much as I do and the drive to become successful doing what you love.
Thanks again Amy for making a difference in my life and helping me gain the independence I needed.
Hailey Robinson (Detroit, MI)
SAVADEN MAKE-UP ARTISTRY
The media makup artist class I took with Amy Ward at Award Studio was the best experience I could have hoped for. Having very little professional experience going into the class, I was nervous as to how I would fit in and if I was in over my head. But, the class taught me all I needed to know to feel confident to go out and find work on my own. Additionally, after conducting extensive research, I found that this is the only class of its kind that teaches all of the information in the span of a week. For anyone who is considering a career in makeup artistry, I would definitely recommend this class with Ms. Amy Ward.
Kavita (San Diego, CA)
I'm so happy to send you my zed cards and also my business cards. Thank you again for the wonderful experience I had at your studio. Going to California to take your class was the best decision to start in this career! I will never forget Award Studio. I'm already booking clients and I know the best is still to come!
Noelia Boyd (Florida)
Thanks again so much for the class! I greatly appreciate the wealth of information you provided to each of us. As well as the experience of working on actual models/actors on photo shoots! It was so much fun! I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to learn from you and work with you. I wish you nothing but love and success! Hope to see you again in the future!
I really enjoyed my time at your school! I learned a lot, and know it will help me a bunch in the Makeup Industry, especialy in media makeup. Thank you so much for the fun time and awesome classes! Amy was wonderful, and the pictures she took were great! Thank you for providing the models, they were great and they're were plenty of them and I'm glad they all had different skin types that helped a lot. Also Chez was great, I loved the airbrush! That was my favorite part! Chez was very helpful and into it and answered all our questions. THANK YOU AWARD STUDIO!
Casey Upton (Yorba Linda, CA)
Thanks so very much for sharing your knowledge, experience, tips and incredible talent as a makeup artist and photographer. It's been a fabulous week trying to absorb it all and a privilege to work with you. Now I just need to focus on getting my wings to open wide so I can soar as an artist...and I will ! Thank you !
Allie (Southern California)
I want to thank you for everything. Without you I would be nowhere with my makeup career. You began my journey as a makeup artist in the best way possible. Thank you isn't enough but hopefully this will be a positive change and take me far. You are wonderful. Keep in touch.
Alanna Levy (Florida)
I have enjoyed this experience and feel very ready to embark on my career. I look forward to keeping in touch with you and letting you know all the wonderful things I do. Thank you for sharing your trade secrets!!!
Jessica Vela (Los Angeles)
Hi. How are you? All is well over here in India. I have won an award at the Bharat & Dorris 2009 Awards held in Mumbai, for the 'Best Makeup & Hairstylist' from all over India. I was also selected as the finalist in the Funky category at the same awards.
Just wanted to thank you again. Your knowledge of lighting in photography, networking and contracts along with Chez' instruction of application and colors was so beneficial to me. I am so excited to succeed in this industry. I can't wait to see the results of the last two days of shooting, WOW, I had SO much fun. Thank you for bringing all of us together, I have made connections in this industry but most important I have made friends for life.
Robin (Northern CA)
I am so glad I came to your school and had such an amazing opportunity. You are so nice and you know so much about the industry. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with me.
Mietra Aarabi (Utah)
Thank you so much! I went to so many schools to study so many things but you've got it DOWN!!! I wish more teachers could be like you.
Hugs & Kisses,
My Dear Amy,
You are the best! Thank you so much for everything you've taught me as it's priceless! Please keep in touch.
I absolutely enjoyed your Media Makeup Classes. The instruction, yet freedom you gave us when working on the models to build our portfolio, was amazing. Your experience in the industry really showed through in the photos that were produced. If I was to choose through the makeup schools again I wouldn't hesitate to choose your program again.
Thank you for everything.
Vanessa Urban (Colorado)
I wanted to take this chance to express my gratitude for the occasion I had to learn at your studio. I recognize that the experience you offer is unique and I appreciate the practical knowledge and powerful opportunities you have created.
My training has given me undiscovered abilities and provided me with untapped potential for my local job market. Thank you for your passion in this area and your dedication to training professional makeup artists.
Brandon Akamu (Indiana)
"When I decided to go to school for makeup of course I wanted to go to the best school possible. I researched for many weeks comparing all factors and decided to go to the Awards Studio. What sealed my decision was an amazing conversation with Amy Ward, Owner and instructor. She made me feel so welcome and at home that I just couldn't resist. She demonstrated so much knowledge in the field and fulfilled all of my expectations. The class was so much fun and I learned a lot. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to get into the Makeup Artist field."
Elle Leary (California)
I have recently completed my makeup course at Award Studio as I eagerly wanted to learn more about make-up artistry. I found the course to be well worth the money. It was a fun and very supportive learning environment, and because they are not huge classes Amy taught us so much more individually. Amy is such a great makeup artist and has years of experience in the Industry. Amy is a great teacher and has a wonderful way of teaching... she always goes the extra mile to help you if you need it, even after the course she has been amazing with answering any questions I still have the 7 day course takes you through step by step of everything you need to know to be a makeup artist. I learnt so much not just about make-up but also how to be the best, how to make my career and everything I needed to know about the industry. I now feel confident to do makeup and I look forward to a fun and great career as a make-up artist. Thank you so much Amy for all that you have done... I do hope to work with you again in the near future...
Sheena Gangoo (Trinidad and Tobago)
It was a pleasure attending your class. Not only did I get to put my skills and techniques into practice, I got a lot of useful information as well. For the first time I feel like I could turn this into reality. When your work is something you love, it is always the most rewarding in the end, no matter how exhausting it may be at times. But it's definitely worth it! Thank you so much! I hope to see you again soon.
Hi there Amy. I am just dropping a note to say thank you for the time you spent with me in your make-up course. You gave me clarity and direction with my career as a freelance make-up artist and I am moving to the Los Angeles area to further my career. I think it is fabulous that you offer putting together an artists portfolio and offer further make-up training and pictures in the future to advance my portfolio. I was especially impressed with the time you spent with the students in your class, the small class size and the individual attention we had with any questions. I am looking forward to meeting with you again in the future. Thanks again.
Rebecca Nelson (California)
Thanks so much for being such a great teacher. You really have given me the skills and understanding for the business. I feel I'm ready to get out there and I have the confidence to do just as good as anyone in this field. Thanks again for being so great to us! I'm so glad I chose this school.
I just wanted to send you one of my comp cards and let you know what I've been up to. I am working at a make-up studio in Ft. Worth with two incredible make-up artists. I am also working part time for a television program. We will be airing by the first of next year! I am so excited about all of the options ahead of me. Thank you so much for all of your help.
You are such an awesome teacher! Your instruction and insight have given me such a better understanding of the business and art of makeup. I feel fortunate to have been taught by the best. Thanks again.
Thank you Amy sooo much for everything you taught this week! I wish you all the best and I will be sure to keep in contact with you. Thanks again,
I just wanted to thank you for such a fun filled week. I especially enjoyed all the photo shoots. I look forward to applying all that I learned as I venture into another part of the industry.
Thank you so much for being a wonderful teacher. I really appreciate it. When I become successful I will always give you the credit for being a terrific teacher. Once again thank you and God Bless.
I really enjoyed your class and appreciate all your great pro tips.
You speak from personal experience and I feel it will change my life most positively!
Thank you for the opportunity to learn, grow and share a passion in our creative journey as Media Makeup Artists.
Wendie Lindsay (Hawaii)
Thank you so much for teaching me so much. Your class was wonderful. I will recommend it to everyone! Your knowledge of the industry has really helped me out and given me more direction and more confidence. Hope to keep in touch. Much love,
I just wanted to let you know how much fun my sister and I had on our photo shoot with your class. It was a very supportive, informative and fun environment, while at the same time professional. The way you mentored your artists and went around and spoke to everyone to make us feel so welcomed was great. Your hands on approach was quite refreshing because it showed how much you care about your studio and your students. Thank you once again. Be safe and God Bless.
Joseph Giles (model)