What our alumni say

We’ve run over 20 accelerators for over 5000 creatives from 95 different countries. Be it photographers, digital art directors, stylists, designers, makeup artists, and now creators in 3D, we understand supporting creative people with the skills, mindset, network and opportunities they need.  

I would 100% recommend Mastered to anyone transitioning to a career in Real Time. I was lucky to find two wonderful persons and mentors such as Hrishi and Quintus. You will find people with all sort of backgrounds and purposes, and that will reveal itself the single most enriching part of joining Mastered.


November 2021 Cohort

This is a truly fantastic course; it has been such an exhilarating experience for me and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. It's possibly the best gift I have ever given to myself as it has revitalised my passion for learning and interest in developing technologies at a time when things were beginning to feel stale.


April 2022 Cohort

I really love the industry sessions for staying motivated when I feel like my technical skills are struggling. It's inspiring to see other people are in these roles and also to learn about all the different aspects of the industries.


August 2021 cohort

My time at Mastered has been nothing but fantastic. I came into Mastered with absolutely no programming experience whatsoever, to taking on the role of a Technical Game Designer within just the span of 5-6 months, thanks to the help of my mentors!


Games developer

Personalised experience. Having a mentor who is as passionate about making things I love is the greatest thing I could ask for. No one can understand you better than person who like the same stuff as you do. That said I highly recommend it because they really push you forward.


3D artist

The team at Mastered is just amazing. I was working a full-time job and was going through a tough time mentally, but they were so patient with any issues I had and pushed me to find a way around problems in ways I never thought about.


Technical artist

The fact that it was a constant challenge every day, learning new things and perfecting techniques that I had already acquired in the past. Approaching each project has always been exciting, and I absolutely owe this to the many incredible mentors.


3D generalist

Mission to Minerva

A short film made by our creators, Paul Booth, Alessandro Manghi, and Fred Suddell, entirely in Unreal Engine.

A measurable return on investment

When surveyed on the accelerator’s impact:

of professionals are clearer on their goals
feel more confident and motivated
would recommend Mastered to a friend

The best thing is the confidence it has given me. Also, in the very first module, for the first time in my life, I was given the skills and expert advice to take a look at my goals and values and discover what I really want and what is important to me. I can't thank you enough for this.

Celynen Hamlin

Hair: Mastered

Highlights have been personally being challenged to be more specific. Really being pushed to dig past the surface to get to the roots of who I am as an artist. For me being inspired in new ways has been incredible. Being able to define my connections to things.

Naomi Dumakor

Hair: Mastered alumni

It's so nice, neat, so professionally done. It's incredible to be part of the community - an amazing community.

Arne Beck

Photography: Mastered alumni

There is no recipe in this industry, but the course gave me the tools needed to follow my own instincts and question every single detail of my brand to ensure there is a conductive thread in everything I do. Today, a year after embarking on my course, I open my first solo pop up in Shoreditch London and I feel 100% about the products and the experience that my brand has to offer.

Julie Berube

Streetwear: Mastered alumni

This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Honest feedback. No one is perfect and we learn from mistakes, seniors, peers and new talent.

Richard Murray

Enrolled on Hair: Mastered

Mastered Live Croatia was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Every aspect of the 3 days was a valued, absorbed and appreciated experience. This weekend in particular has solidified in solid ass marble that I am meant to be in this industry and I have found my home and tribe in this creative family!

Lauren Mann

Enrolled on Fashion Styling: Mastered

The one on one mentoring with Tom Pecheux has been the highlight so far.

La Vern Marquez

Enrolled on Makeup: Mastered

A game changer was the mentoring sessions. It was personalised, it was focused and full of amazing feedback.

Mariana Villalobos

Enrolled on Art Direction: Mastered

My mentor is welcoming, genuine, passionate and informative which can often be a rarity in the industry from experience. The decision to have joined Mastered and to justify the expense was completely validated with this phone call to her.

Natasha Warren

Enrolled on Makeup: Mastered

The best thing about the bootcamp has been the amount of resources available. The technical mentors and the show and tells really help with this. The coaching is also a really big help in thinking about what I lack in areas.

William Fox
Gameplay programmer

Case study - Rob Rusling

Fashion photographer Rob explains how taking Photography: Mastered in 2015 helped him to strengthen his creative identity and build a cohesive body of images. Since completing Photography: Mastered, Rob was retained by Nick Knight as his second assistant.

All the opportunities that have come my way, and being part of a Masterclass. I would also say that it gives belonging and help me feel less isolated in my creative work.

Åsa Camnert

Enrolled on Fashion Styling: Mastered

The best bit was getting noticed by the Photo Editor of Italian Vogue and taking part in the big Photo Vogue exhibition of Vogue Italia.

Lydia Gorges

Enrolled on Photography: Mastered

I can’t express enough how much I appreciate this opportunity. I’m so grateful to the founders and the staff who are making this happen. I feel like somebody looked into my head and custom-made the programme for me.

Julie Kim

Enrolled on Accessories: Mastered

These visionaries, artists and creative that we are getting a chance to hear from and collaborate with is truly humbling - and ultimately so so inspiring

Rachel Estabrook

Enrolled on Makeup: Mastered

I want to say what an amazing experience I had working with each and everyone of you in Croatia. Not only was it a dream location, but we came together as a dream team, as well. I hope you’ll agree that we had a successful shoot, resulting in some really good images. Thanks to all of you for your contributions to my own learning and growth.

Nancy Herrmann

Enrolled on Art Direction: Mastered

By constraining us in time and in form, this allowed me to make in a few days immense steps towards the definition of my aesthetics Everything was there and you helped me make it clear. Thank you.

Anne-Charlotte Moulard

Enrolled on Photography: Mastered

Learning from the experts. Hearing about their experiences, the practical knowledge they share. A lot of the information from the editors is amazing. Being able to see what they see. The extended research info, is wonderful. All of it is really a great education for someone without a background in fashion.

Li Murillo

Enrolled on Hair: Mastered

I have to admit I had never had such a wide range of support in such a hybrid program.

Sio Tsvetanov

Enrolled on Photography: Mastered

The videos have been really concise and clever. It gives all the right information in short sentences. Effective and straightforward, I love it!

Julie Schimel

Enrolled on Photography: Mastered

Case study: Kathy Philips Vogue China

See what happened when Condé Nast International beauty director, Kathy Phillips met our network for a masterclass with renowned beauty photographer Simon Emmett.

When the program ended, I signed a contract with a huge agency. They're really impressed with my recent work, including the projects I completed as a part of Mastered. They told me I have the strength to go for something bigger.

Mel Goldmann
Makeup: Mastered and Hair: Mastered alumni, Deutschland