During employability week, our Make Up students were treated to an insightful session with Dani Hawkes, a professional in the industry. With years of experience under her belt, Dani led an incredible lecture on the world of television and film, showcasing her impressive portfolio and top tip for working within the industry.
For a decade, Dani has been immersed in the dynamic landscape of the entertainment industry, with stints in both London and Bristol. Her credits include renowned projects such as Killing Eve, Living, The Power, and Kaos, where her contributions have elevated characters to life on screen.
Dani's skill set shows a wide array of techniques, from traditional makeup and special effects to Postiche and barbering. However, her true passion lies in period hair styling and wig design, where she finds joy in breathing authenticity into historical personas.
Reflecting on her journey, Dani fondly recalls her early days working on a BBC period drama. "Television was my training ground," she explains. "The fast-paced environment pushed me to think creatively and adapt quickly—a valuable learning experience for any aspiring artist."
For those looking to break into the industry, Dani emphasises the importance of resourcefulness and continuous improvement. "Success in this field requires dedication and persistence, whether it's networking with industry professionals or honing your craft through independent projects, every effort counts towards your growth."
Dani's insights serve as a guiding light for aspiring makeup artists, reminding them of the importance of passion and the willingness to embrace challenges. In a world where artistry knows no bounds, Dani Hawkes stands as a beacon of inspiration—a testament to the transformative power of creativity.