TACB Graduate Profile: Dianne Murphy

TACB Graduate Dianne Murphy is making her mark on the pin-up scene. Having completed her Diploma of Specialist Make-Up Services in 2015, she is now freelancing in the industry. We spoke to Dianne about where she is now and her hopes for the future!

Name: Dianne Murphy

Age: 29

Course: Diploma of Specialist Make-up Services; I graduated in 2015.

Give us a quick backstory: I grew up in musical theatre and studied film and TV after high school. I have been teaching myself pinup/vintage hair and make-up for about 5 years and that passion lead me to want to be a make-up artist

What made you decide to pursue your passion in this industry?

I grew up in a Armidale NSW and moved to Sydney when I was 19 to pursue a career in Film/TV production. Unfortunately money and life took over and I ended up in customer service jobs that weren’t making me happy.  After passing up my dream nearly 10 years ago, I decided I needed to do something that makes me happy and I quit my well-paying bank job to take up full time study in Makeup.

Where are you now in your career? What dreams or plans do you have in the future?

I have been working as a freelance make-up artist since I left college, working on various editorial photoshoots with local brands and artists, as well working on many short films and TV series pilots.

I am about to start a new job working with the professional makeup brand Kryolan, which is so exciting as I have grown up with their products and love the company.

My dreams are to travel the world as a Makeup Artist, either with Kryolan or working on Film and TV.

What have you learnt now that you are in the industry?

It is a very tough and competitive industry. People judge you on your work, and your reputation as someone who is reliable and easy to work with is paramount. Also it ends up being a small industry and you make a lot of friends with great people.

What was your most memorable experience at the College?

My best experience during my studies was doing College-arranged work experience on X-Factor in 2014; I met some amazing people in the industry and had such a good time on set during filming.

What advice would you give to anyone looking at pursuing a career in the industry?

Work hard, don’t give up, and be reliable. It is a very competitive industry and you have to have drive and passion. Also start working and doing photoshoots while you are studying and have the support of the staff, to build your portfolio. And always be early!!

What advice would you give potential students thinking of studying at the College?

Take advantage of the teachers and the resources. If you show passion and drive the teachers will go out of their way to help you. Also take advantage of your assessments. Use the time and resources to take your assessments one step ahead of the rest and come up with something new and exciting. It will be great practice and will be a great addition to your portfolio.

You can check out the Pinup Workshop that Dianne ran here are at TACB on the Facebook page. Head here for the photoshoot and here for the behind the scenes!

Website: www.diannemurphy.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/divinepinupsaus or www.facebook.com/missdododivine

Instagram & Twitter: @missdododivine


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