Sharni Chandler has overcome years of bullying at school to become a prize-winning make-up artist.
"I was very badly bullied at school – all the way 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’m now completing the Diploma of Screen and Media. I love being challenged by the courses, but also being pushed to be as creative as I can.
I started my own make-up business in 2015 - at first it was a hobby but I gained quite a lot of clientele from my community.
In 2016, 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) 2016 Championships for the category of Magazine Front Cover Make-Up has been my biggest career achievement so far.
My next goals are to complete my courses with flying colours, and continue to be recognised for my hard work and creativity throughout the course."