Jonathan’s journey to self-belief

Release Date: 31 January 2018

It’s the prestigious British Education Awards on 31 January and Dundee and Angus College student Jonathan Feeney-Brown is a proud finalist. Here he shares his passion for fashion, learning and life . . .

2016 Graduation

“I have always been interested in fashion and beauty. I worked as an entertainer for Haven Holidays and absolutely loved the stage outfits and the hair and make-up. Eventually, in my late twenties, I applied to study for an NC in Hairdressing at Dundee and Angus College.

“I loved the fact I could express myself in artistic ways. I’d never had much confidence in myself but my lecturers would push me to do the things they knew I could achieve.”

Jonathan progressed from NC to SVQ Level 3 Hairdressing then did an HNC in Fashion Make-up, graduating with an A.

“Right now I’m studying Make-up Artistry, I’m a Beauty Ambassador for Christian Dior and I’m a self-employed hairdresser and beautician. I’ve also not long finished being the Head of Hair for Dundee’s feature film ‘Schemers’.”

And that’s not all that’s been keeping Jonathan busy.

“I’m a new daddy - my husband and I have the most amazing six-month-old baby girl.”

Jonathan loves being a male in the world of hair and make-up.

“For some reason female clients seem to like gents better than females and enjoy hearing a male’s point of view and opinions on how they look. I think being a male helps me stand out a lot more in the industry.

“When I heard I’d been short-listed for a British Education Award I was over the moon, told all my family and friends then got even more excited when I realised I had an excuse to buy a new outfit for the event!”

Jonathan was nominated by one of his course leaders at D&A College because of his passion, skill and the fact he embraces the whole education process. That enthusiasm shows no sign of waning.

“I hope to graduate in HND Make-up Artistry with an A, or as close to an A as I can get. I want to work on more fashion shows, television and film sets. I’d also love to climb my way up the Dior ladder and, hopefully, one day attend a fashion show as a make-up artist.

“I left school with grades that weren’t that great so I really thought I’d never have a proper career. I would always tell people to reach for the stars and do what they want to do. Always believe in yourself.”