New year, new goal
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.