Sharni Chandler overcame years of bullying at school to become a prize-winning make-up artist and successful business owner.
"I was badly bullied at school – from Year 5 through to Year 11. In the end I was followed home and attacked, which led to me leaving school. But I took this set back as an opportunity to make my dreams a reality.
I set myself the goal of studying hair and make-up at VU because I loved the work I had seen students produce. My first application was not accepted but I didn't give up, and the interview process allowed me to prove myself as a worthy candidate my teachers were thrilled to enrol.
I loved the Diploma of Screen and Media – being challenged by the courses, but also being pushed to be as creative as I could be.
In my final year, with great support from my teachers at VU, I won my first make-up competition. Gaining first place in the Hair and Beauty Industry Association (HBIA) Championships for the category of Magazine Front Cover Make-Up was one of my biggest career achievements."