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Self taught make up artist from South Shields to work on The Walking Dead

Laura Cobley, who is 27, with a character from the hit TV show The Walking Dead Credit: Wise Steps

A self-taught makeup artist from South Shields has secured herself a job - working on the horror TV show The Walking Dead.

Laura Cobley who is 27, was helped into her dream job with support from Wise Steps.

It's a programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund that tries to reduce poverty and social exclusion.

Credit: Wise Steps

“We are so proud of the progress Laura has made. We worked closely over the past few weeks to prepare her for her audition which was held in London. Wise Steps funded her travel, paid for a few of the additional make-up tools and something smart to wear for the interview.

“The project provides one to one specialist support to those on the pathway to work. It is a really holistic programme, working with participants to provide help with whatever they need, from confidence-building to housing, learning support to feeling less isolated.”

– Wise Steps Coach Gillian

Laura, who starts work for Fox TV next week.

“I never imagined that I would get this far. It was an amazing experience to go down to London and be there in the studio showing them my portfolio.

“A massive thanks to Wise Steps for helping to make it possible, I couldn’t have done it without them. Working with my Wise Steps coach has made me realise that there is help and support available, which has helped me to progress and achieve my goals”.

– Laura Cobley