Few people work in the area they set their sights on in childhood, but the endeavours of one local woman has ensured she has her dream job.
Kirsty Nichol is a hair and make-up artist for television and film, and is creating a name for herself in the industry, with projects in the pipeline that include work with the BBC and ITV.
The 29-year-old from Bowden, who now lives in Newtown, said: “I always, always wanted to do it, but it was one of those jobs which you think is a great idea, but don’t know how to get into.
“I worked in beauty therapy for a long time and then played around in a lot of other jobs in similar areas. Then five years ago a friend and I opened a salon in Kelso.
“I was working on nails and then picked up a lot of fashion work and other bits and pieces, but couldn’t go any further.
“So, in April this year, I did a course specialising in TV, film and media hair and make-up, and it has just gone from strength to strength.”
The former Earlston High School pupil landed her first job within days of completing the course, on a TV pilot production called Border Queen.
Although not about the Borders, but rather the border between the real world and a dream world dimension, Kirsty became known on set as the ‘Border Queen’ herself, given her background.
And, following her recent stint, Kirsty is now being offered work rather than having to apply for jobs.
Specialising in special effects make-up, she tends to pick up work on more gory scripts, and just last weekend was working in a hospital in Newcastle giving actors major injuries following a car crash.
Hours of preparation go into the make-up, with Kirsty also now picking up work as lead designer – coming up with the make-up plans for each character in every scene of a script.
“In terms of ambitions, I want to get on to a series, because then I have guaranteed work, or feature films – something like the next Pirates of the Caribbean.”
With a handful of projects in the pipeline, there is little doubt you will be seeing her name in the credits on TV or at the cinema in due course.