Talented New College Nottingham Theatrical Hair and Media Make up student, Leah Roper, 19, from Ilkeston, is waiting to hear whether her unique body art and costume design has made it through to the WorldSkills UK 2015 competition.
Based on the theme ‘Saturday Night at the Movies’, Leah took inspiration from one of her favourite films, the American Science Fiction movie, Predator.
She said: “I was really excited when I heard what the theme was because I knew I could incorporate what I love doing best, which is anything involving monsters, blood and gore. I really enjoy the special effects that you can create using make-up and prosthetics and for my giant Predator I sculpted, moulded and cast all the prosthetics myself. I even made the armour for the costume which I really enjoyed.
“I’ll be so proud to make it through to the next stage of the competition because it will mean the judges see something special in my work, but either way I’ll be happy because I’ve really enjoyed the experience so far.”
After completing her course at ncn, Leah hopes to continue her studies within special- effects. “Ultimately, one day, I’d love to work in the film industry. As well as all things scary, I also enjoy bridal, beauty and catwalk make-up, so as long as I can continue doing any aspect of make-up as a career, I’ll be happy.”
WorldSkills UK Skills competitions, part of Find a Future, are run in over 60 skill areas ranging from Mobile Robotics to Beauty. The competitions raise quality and standards in Apprenticeships, skills and Further Education.