Big Star Treatment for the Community
Published by Anonymous for Two Rivers Housing in Communities and also in Health, Housing
Anyone can now have that special film star beauty treatment from Forest based film and TV make up artist Thea McDonald.
Five years ago Thea McDonald moved to Gloucestershire from Berkshire to take up senior accountancy position, building on a long career in finance. But the Forest worked its magic on her.
"I just woke up one morning and knew what I had to do. I had always wanted to be a make-up artist, and I decided to go for it," Thea said.
Now she is a professional make up artist working with film makers, theatre groups and a select personal clientèle. She runs "Purrfect Pamper" from her Home in Longhope.
In her last big screen job on the set of new British film "Notes" – coming out very soon – she did hair for big names Edward De Sousa and Alison Steadman. "Notes" was made by Thursday Film and produced by Alexander Magill.
Thea treats all her clients just like the stars and travels to your home (or film set) to provide the Hollywood treatment – Makeup, facials, eye care, hair, nail care and waxing.
She has never regretted the dramatic turn her life has taken. But it has been a hard road.
After taking redundancy she couldn't afford to pay for her home and found herself renting. But Two Rivers was there to help her put her life back on course.
She did intensive make up training, made contacts in the industry and got her business up and running.
"Without a good comfortable home it's difficult to turn your life around. Many commercial landlords are difficult about you running a business from your home. But Two Rivers actively encourages people to pursue their dreams," she said.
Community really matters to Thea and she has turned her media skills to use here too – as a broadcaster on local Forest community Radio Triangle FM and Forest Talk.
"The Forest has an amazing community spirit. And particularly at this time when incomes are under pressure, and cuts are having an effect, we all need to work together to support each other," she said.