Team 3—Emily (@emily_kleonikihair), Amanda (@ayorioka), and Maliya (@acatpagemakeup)—was chock-full of creative expertise and girl power. We found out what their experience completing the Project T.M. 48-hour challenge was like, what they learned, and what their dreams for the future are.

Tell us about yourself.

E: My name is Emily – I’m currently studying Cert III Hairdressing at The Masters and I’m a second-year apprentice at Kleoniki Hair. I am absolutely loving it! I love styling and colour. I’ve always had a passion for hair— I want to make all my clients feel beautiful and boost their confidence.

A: My name is Amanda and I’m currently studying Fashion Business. I love creative direction and styling. I’m constantly inspired by technology and its influence on society and fashion. I’ve always liked how people can use fashion to reflect who they are and what their values are.

M: My name is Maliya and I study Screen & Media. I love the power makeup has to make people feel good about their looks. It’s so satisfying and rewarding.

What’s one word you’d use to describe Project T.M.?

E: Exhilarating

M: Challenging

A: Collaboration

What was your favourite part of Project T.M.? Did anything about it surprise you?

E: I loved seeing the photoshoot and filming side of the industry. I loved working alongside makeup and fashion. I’d happily do this again in a heartbeat!

A: It was a beautiful project to work on and it encouraged us to learn how to collaborate and learn from each other. It was a great opportunity to see how fun and fast fashion and beauty are. 

M: My favourite part of Project T.M. was getting to be creative and working with other creatives.

Did you learn anything new about the creative industries? Did you learn anything new about yourself?

E: This competition definitely showed me how awesome it is to style for photoshoots—I loved the whole process, from finding the right colour scheme to finding the perfect hair and makeup look. This competition also really showed me that I can do whatever I put my mind to. It’s made me want to explore every aspect of this industry! Project T.M. really opened my eyes to all the opportunities available, which excites me.

A: I learned to be more flexible and to listen to others more. I’ve also never worked with jewellery before, so it was a good opportunity to see how jewellery can factor into shoots.

M: I learned how important respect is and I learned to always be open to others’ opinions.

What’s the difference between an everyday hair/makeup/outfit look vs. curating a look for a photoshoot?

E: When you’re doing an everyday look, you’re usually doing the hair of a client, and the client knows how they like to wear their hair on a daily basis. But when you’re doing a photoshoot, you’re doing the hair of a model, which is usually more bold and exaggerated, focused on a particular look and vision—it’s a statement piece, not a style a client would wear everyday.

A: Photoshoots have so many elements to them: model, lighting, colours, background, photographer, etc. For everyday looks we don’t have to think about this stuff. Photoshoots are dependent on several factors. 

M: For me, everyday looks are more natural and simple. For a photoshoot, we style and design colours to make them match the vision for the shoot.

How did you feel once your look finally came together in the photoshoot? Would you do anything differently if you could have a do-over?

E: It felt great! It was amazing seeing the end result and seeing our hard work come together! I definitely felt a sense of achievement and was really proud of what we put together in such a short amount of time. I was really nervous to participate, but I surprised myself with how much I really found myself during the competition.

A: It was a great shoot! We only had a little time to pick our final image, so it was hard to know whether we made the best decision, but we were really happy in the end. If I could do it again, I would trust my opinions more and voice my opinions to the team.

M: I felt satisfied! Seeing all the final photos of our work, I feel like I’m a pro now, even though I know there’s always a lot more to learn.

Any advice for incoming Project T.M.ers?

E: Take everyone’s ideas into consideration and don’t be scared to put forward your own ideas. Speak your mind and don’t be scared to think outside the box and get creative. Enjoy every minute!

M: Try your best!

A: Be patient, be kind, and listen to other people’s opinions. However, still trust in your own opinions and let the team know what you think.

Have you met the other Project T.M. teams yet? Click here to meet Team 1 and here to meet Team 2!