Graduated SCAD: 2010
Majored in: Photo/Fashion
Job Opportunity: Intern at Beximco
Current City: Dhaka, Bangladesh
I found this internship through SCAD and so far it has been an amazing experience. Besides living in Asia the company that I work for is huge. They have a huge export company that designs & produces for Zara, Calvin Klein, JCPenney, Tommy Hilfiger and more!
It sounds cheesy but it is true, being involved with Fashion Buzz is really paying off right now! I am now working on marketing & photo shoots for Yellow, which is the private label of Beximco (sold only in Asia). Since I have so much experience collaborating with businesses and other artists I have the skill sets needed here
Name: Kelsey Morrison
Majored: Fashion Marketing and Management
Job/Position: Intern @ People’s Revolution
Freelance artist @ Geoff Howell Studio (check out their webpage and blog, it’s great for visuals!)
Freelance graphics @ Design Products, Inc.
Current City: NYC!
life after SCAD is terrifying, completely uncertain, and exciting. nothing has gone the way i thought it would, but it’s working out so far. in my internship at first i hated it completely, it was all slave labor work and bitch work really. but now i’m actually growing with them and am able to contribute. the only reason for that is i kept a super positive attitude, didn’t let anything that was said to me affect me personally in front of the people i am working for, and kept pushing and offering to do things. now, i’m working with one of the associates that does a lot of styling for various celebrities and magazines, and have helped with things like katy perry’s maxim photo shoot clothing, and an upcoming b.o.b. vibe cover shoot (due out feb/march). it is A LOT of work, usually i’m there from 9:30 in the morning until around 8 or 9 at night. you get used to it though.
i love my freelance job at the studio. i’m doing a ton of hands-on work and am working with lots of different companies, including conde nast, tiffany&co., saks 5th ave, hugo boss, issey miyake, and victoria’s secret. (i have some photos on my fb, and then if you look at their blog you can see more of the things they’ve done). it is hard work, especially since i’m surrounded by a ton of guys and girls don’t tend to last long here. it is so much fun though, lots of detail work, and everyone here has such a great history and so much other stuff they do.
How has SCAD helped you prepare for the “real world”?
honestly, there’s a lot that they didn’t prepare me for! but, they did prepare me for how stressful it is (all the late nights and intense projects), helped me be extremely detail oriented (if you mess up something as simple as a date, an address, or a design it’s a BIG deal and can be extremely costly to the company), helped me get an idea of how important networking is but you won’t really understand it until you are out there looking for work. it did very much prepare me for how harsh employers can be, they don’t accept excuses and they expect you to get it right quickly and the first time despite whether or not you’ve ever done something like whatever you’re doing before. so having very difficult professors who are blunt and a pain in the butt while you’re there pays off in the end! i really recommend taking a few classes with christopher while you still can! he’s a royal pain, but he is there for you if he sees that you are really dedicated and trying. also, stay in touch with your professors, and friends! you never know when they can help you out down the road!
Graduated SCAD: 2010
Majored in: Design Marketing and Management
Job Opportunity/Position: Freelance Costumer for television and film
Location: Currently working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on the fourth and fifth installment of “Twilight”
My life/career story actually began while at SCAD. I was presented an opportunity to intern in a costume department of a film being shot in Savannah called “The Conspirator”… while working on this I instantly fell in love and decided that it was my definite career path. From there I finished up my last half of my senior year at SCAD and went hard applying to films all over the America. I got my first break a few months after graduation to be an assistant in the costume department of a Fox television show called “Lone Star” that was being shot in Dallas, Texas. Although short lived, due to the show being cancelled, it gave me the tools to feel confident on my next job. I packed up my stuff in Dallas and made the trek home to Ohio. I was there for two weeks and then I got called to work on the fourth and fifth parts of the “Twilight Saga”. I had twenty four hours to drive to Baton Rouge. After throwing my stuff in my car I made my journey and here I am! I’ve been on the show since the end of November and will be working with them until mid february. It’s been more than a dream experience, and I am looking forward to the climb up to being a designer someday. I’ve decided to stay in Louisiana for a bit to keep working on films that are coming through (Louisiana is the new Hollywood!), and then by the summer am hoping to make my move to Los Angeles where I can train properly to be a costume designer.
SCAD didn’t help me prepare for the real world through any of its classes necessarily, but helped me prepare for the real world by forcing me to do group projects and have experiences out side of school that opened my mind and eyes. Group projects are so crucial in the real world, as much as I hate to say it. Most art based jobs are a group effort and with out the ability to let go of egos and judgement it truly is impossible to open your ears to ideas that could make a project reach its full potential. My outside of school experiences really came in the form of internships….this isn’t a direct reflection of what was learned at SCAD, but college gave me the time to really be free and dip into different work environments. Always, always intern. It’s the key to feeling prepared after school. You learn how to network through trial and error, and you learn how to be brave by stepping out of a comfort zone (whether it be friends or location).
My three nuggets of wisdom for a post graduate from SCAD
1. Always be kind to people – this sounds very child like and preachy, but it is such an important tool. Although the fashion industry is a rotten and competitive one, it doesn’t mean that you have to hateful or impatient. If you show sweetness to others they can’t say anything bad about you, it helps you network, and it helps you stick out in a grumpy adult world. Also, as sneaky as it sounds, most of the time the sweeter you are the more you can get. People will tend to help someone out who has a nice demeanor as opposed to someone who is rude. So, even if you are feeling like yelling – become an actor and fake it. You can be nice and get what you want….. Survival of the fittest! Learn the kindness game!
2. Rise above what society thinks is realistic: Giiiirl if you create your own organic line of jeans that you only work on at a kitchen table in Italy while drinking wine and listening to Ella Fitzgerald……. you go on and do that. A lot of people are going to tell you what to do, a lot of people are going to tell you you’re stupid, and a lot of people are going to tell you that you’re impractical. Don’t be afraid to be wrong, and don’t be afraid to do what you feel would make you the happiest. Things are always possible, Tom Ford hasn’t accomplished all that he has because he was trying to be realistic……..
3. Work your little SCAD Grad ass off: Bottom line in life is that there is always someone who can do your job better than you and there is always someone who is just as passionate. You, however, can do your best and work your hardest – don’t get lazy just because you assume you would never be the greatest. Always know that there is more to learn, always ask questions, always pitch ideas, and always be the last one to leave work. People do see when you put in major effort and hard work, and bosses always appreciate when you follow through with tasks that were assigned
Sidenote: Fashion Design Marketing and Management students should all be informed about working in the entertainment industry with costumes! It encompasses almost everything we learned in our major because you work directly with designers. I just did a huge little buying/transaction deal with Belstaff and Manolo Blahnik. We do fittings, we work with designers, do buying, and do a lot of styling! I think it isn’t thought of as a career choice for FASM students, but it is actually super close to what we learn
Name: Kendall Barry
Graduated SCAD in: (year) Spring 2006
Majored in: Fashion Design
Job Opportunity/Position: Design Internship at Haute Hippie
Location: New York, New York
After SCAD I obtained an internship at Haute Hippie, a high-end ready to wear company that launched in 2008. My daily duties vary and I never really know what the day will entail because there is always so much to do, especially now that fashion week is coming up in New York. Some of my basic responsibilities include embellishing, pattern-making, hand sewing, ordering fabric, communicating with sample makers and cutters specific styles, putting together cutting packages, sketching flats and accessories, CAD flats, sourcing leathers, and hand sewing. I had an internship with Betsey Johnson prior to graduation as well, and a lot of the sample rooms and stores both companies use are the same, which works out well because I am building relationships and contacts with many people in the industry, as well as really getting to know the fashion district.
How has SCAD helped you prepare for the “real world”?
More and more companies are becoming aware of SCAD in New York. Everyone I talk to says they are very impressed by SCAD students and that we all seem to have obtained a strong work ethic and are very professional. I would suggest taking a strong portfolio class with a good professor- even if they are difficult because that is really what you need to get a good job after graduation. Also, some good news is that I run into other SCAD graduates in the city all the time- and they have great post grad positions as well!