COVER STORY 3:
After losing both parents, Precious never gave up on her dreams.
Passionate make-up artist, Precious Mcjane, is doing the most in her career industry. The 25 year old has always been a hard worker and stayed positive regardless of the past tragic past.
Precious was born In Soweto and was unfortunate when she turned 6 years old both her parents passed on. “Losing my parents affected me so bad because at times when things don't go right in my life or when facing difficulties I get to wonder how it would have been like if they were still alive, maybe I would have not been in a the situation of choosing between Boston and UJ because finances and Other struggles but then because I'm a believer in the Word and the bible I read says "God knew me before I was born" and it also says He will never leave me nor forsake me" so I believe that no matter what happens God is with me and every struggles I will conquer. I do miss them a lot everyday“, she says. She then moved to Eastern Cape to be raised by her grandparents in a small village called “Mbonisweni” in Herschel. “I am really grateful to God for blessing me with them2, she says. Precious says her grandparents did not have much, but made sure that she and sister got everything they needed. Having both her grandparents looking after her and her sister, Precious appreciated life with pure heart.
GETTING ON HER FEET:
In 2010, Precious matriculated and moved to Johannesburg the following year, 2011 to further her studies together with her sister. With great desire to go further with her education, she applied at the University of Johannesburg and Boston College. “I was accepted in both institutions, but I only chose Boston because the course that I had applied (Paralegal) for was for a duration of only one year and I just wanted to obtain my qualification so that I could get a job and do something great for my grandparents”, she says. Although she chose Boston College, Precious had also planned to go to the University of Johannesburg after Boston College. As time went on, Precious was blessed with an opportunity to work for a financial company and many plans changed.
It was in 2013 when she entered for a beauty pageant competition and won the queen category. “Winning the competition made me remember that I dreamt many times of being in the entertainment and media industry, not forgetting that I always loved looking beautiful and helping others look beautiful too”, she says. Her love and passion for make-up developed and she took a step forward in achieving her dreams. As the queen from the pageant, she had professional make-up artists who did her face and she took some tips from them. “I was very lucky to be friends with one of the magnificent people in the industry, Sifiso Leonard Nkosi, known as Candice whom I learnt a lot from and I then did my own research”, she says. Precious considers her make-up skills “Self-taught”
BEING A MAKE-UP ARTIST:
Precious says she enjoys being a make-up artist as she gets to change people from their normal look to the unusual, can be graftobian, fantasy and or the normal beautiful look. “All in all it is about enhancing and transforming, I enjoy touching different faces every day”, she says. As a great make-up artist, Precious works with many television productions. Precious says that her biggest highlights in the industry are, having to enhance many of our South African Celebrities inside and outside the production as she works for SABC and Kas’ Lam Magazine and private bookings, having to travel to almost all nine provinces in SA and well recognized as one of the Best Makeup Artists in South Africa.
ADVICE TO FOLLOWERS:
“Firstly basics are for us all but one must have his or her own signature in a very good way that will make clients to need you for their faces, learn every day and your marketing must be on a high level”, she says.
PRECIOUS SAYS SHE DID NOT GO FOR ANY MAKE-UP CLASSES ON SET WITH ONE OF HER HAPPY CLIENTS.