An go-getting south Norfolk teenager celebrated her 18th birthday on Friday with the opening of her very own make-up and body artistry studio.
Mandy Jean Jordan’s determination to open Mandy Jean in The Street, Long Stratton, has seen her push forward with her dream despite failing to get grants or aid from Young enterprise organisations.
The former Archbishop Sancroft High School pupil, who lives in Hardwick, began learning her craft professionally at 16, and has worked backstage on films and musicals since, building up her reputation and client base.
Speaking ahead of the opening, Miss Jordan said: “I’m really excited - I’ve always been really creative and artistic, and love doing make-up and body art.
“I’ve wanted to do this for so long, and can’t wait to get started with my shop now.”
She added: “I pitched my ideas, but didn’t get anywhere, but I think that just makes me more determined to succeed.”
As well as qualifying from the Jackie Hamilton School of Beauty, Norwich, with distinction after doing an intensive course in subjects relating to body art and theatre and fashion make-up, Miss Jordan got an ITEC business qualification.
Along with helping people look their best for events such as proms and functions, Miss Jordan’s studio offers body art services - something she believes there is a gap in the market for in south Norfolk - like cosmetic camouflage.
Her studio, which is along the A140, can also host photo shoots, and will sell Kryolan beauty products - a range that she says is hard to come by in East Anglia.
As for her future ambitions, Miss Jordan said: “I just want to grow the shop and became well known for what I do, but I would like to get into TV one day.”
Mandy Jean is open 9.30am to 5pm Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11am to 6pm on Thursdays, and 10.30am until 5.30pm Fridays and Saturdays. It will be shut on Sundays and Mondays.
To book, call 01508 535925. To see Miss Jordan’s work: www.facebook.com/MandyJeanMUA