New year, new goal

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Is it time to turn things up­side down in your life?

Well that’s ex­actly what Roelof van Heer­den and Va­lerie Botha felt last year. Both of them dreamt of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional makeup artist and this came true when they en­rolled at the Sa­mala Robin­son Makeup Academy.

Roelof, fa­ther of two daugh­ters aged six and eight, and an ex-heavy metal mu­si­cian, was into gothic makeup, and used to ap­ply it on him­self be­fore play­ing at gigs.

His daugh­ters thought this was cool and started nag­ging Dad to make them up. Friends then started to ask him to do their makeup on Hal­loween and other oc­ca­sions.

This pro­gressed to more nat­u­ral and sul­try looks which he be­gan to love. Af­ter a lot of self­s­tudy he saw an ad­vert in the North Shore Times and knew the time was right to en­rol in a make-up course and learn from the pro­fes­sion­als.

Roelof hasn’t looked back since that day. He’s jug­gling a full-time project man­age­ment job with the part-time SRA makeup course and yet still finds time for his wife and daugh­ters.

Va­lerie, over­weight and un­happy for most of her life, de­cided it was also time to change her life once and for all last year. She lost weight, went to the gym at least five times a week, and slowly built up the con­fi­dence which had been lack­ing for most of her years.

She then de­cided that stay­ing in a bor­ing ad­min job did not ex­cite her and started look­ing for other op­tions.

She’d al­ways had an in­ter­est in make-up but due to her lack of con­fi­dence didn’t think any- one would want their make-up done by an over­weight, self­con­scious per­son.

Now that’s all changed and Va­lerie has en­rolled part-time at SRA and is thriv­ing in the cre­ative and stim­u­lat­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Her goal, af­ter grad­u­at­ing this year, is to help other peo­ple trans­form their lives for the bet­ter.

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