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My Dyslexia Journey
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Interview with Maddy
What led you to your current career as a Make-up artist?
When I was in sixth form, I studied Art and Design and Photography. I remember writing my personal statement, thinking… What could I be? What would really excite me? I sat calmly and it came to me, being a make up artist would be such great fun! I knew that it would be a challenge and thinking that it was a challenge that I was ready to take.
What are the highlights of your career so far? / Which aspects do you enjoy the most?
I have really enjoyed leading a team of makeup artists for a fashion show. I have assisted top make up artists and done great hands on learning at the same time. Meeting and working closely with celebrities (they are people too!) The main highlight was being signed by an agent so that I could go out and do jobs on my own.
How has living with dyslexia shaped your life? Pros and Cons?
I have had some self doubt from my school qualifications and experiences. Feeling overwhelmed when tired. If I do not do things bit by bit, I can get quite frustrated. But! My pros are…. The ability to come up with solutions at any given opportunity. I have a thrill for meeting new people and making connections with other like-minded people. Being flexible and able take constructive criticism on the chin 🙂 and be open minded enough to be adaptable to change.
If you could go back in time and talk to yourself at Primary school, what would you tell your younger self?
"It will be ok. You are smart. You don't have to hide."
If you could talk to yourself as you started your G.C.S.E.s, what advice would you give to your younger self?
Take your time and make lots of time!
What is the biggest obstacle that you have overcome?
Self confidence. Starting work, moving through the nerves. I have definitely overcome that. I always think if you want to try something new and you do not know how to do it, just go for it. Once I started to do new things, I thought "hey that's better now I've done it! I can do it again now if I'd like to.
Was there a particular person who helped you?
My Dad helped me by saying I would be alright and let me grow at my own pace. My mum for her all her support. For getting me an amazing out of school tutor that I was lucky enough to have. My tutor was great at helping me through workbooks, she was upbeat, we used to get through loads of work together. She had a physical disability. Which made me admire her, plus she had snacks! I could go home with.
Do you have any advice for young people who are navigating life with dyslexia?
I do. Everything is alright. What is important is now, the past can be learnt from, the future can look after itself. What matters now is important, you are capable, there is no need to compare. You are smart, be safe, be good to yourself.
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