Career in the Spotlight: Thierry Alexandre (30), Makeup Artist and Beauty Consultant

ThierryThis week I interviewed Thierry who tells us about his work as a makeup artist, why he wouldn’t change anything in his career and the importance of being coachable.

What did you do before you moved to England for work? 

I started working at the age of 14, in an apprenticeship in the catering industry – I was a pastry chef.  [In France] the system is slightly different than in the UK, it is half school half work. I knew from day one that that wasn’t the work I was going to do for the rest of my life, I was just keen on making money.

I did that and alongside this, I had another job working in clubs as a bar man. I was always in the environment of creativity and fine things. In clubs I was always hanging around with artistic directors or drag queens. And pastry is very fine and delicate. I have always been attracted to this kind of stuff. Something else came along – I became a personal assistant – something totally different. That came up from my friend who was the artistic director in the club, so he asked me if I could be his PA.

Then I moved to London. I thought I was going to be a secretary and a PA in London and I realised very quickly that you had to start from scratch especially learning the language. So I did work in a restaurant which I didn’t want to, but I had to. From there I had to sit down and think about what I really wanted to do. Continue reading