- to find a mentor or coach (please contact me!)
- to connect with other self-directed learners in my area
- My biggest project right now is gaining skills to become a costume designer. My other interests include visual arts, clothing, Positive Discipline, literature, geek culture, and human behavior and though processes.
After spending two years in college feeling lost and no closer to finding my passion in life, I decided to drop out and move to Atlanta. Since then I've been working in different fields to test out my interests. I've worked as an American Sign Language teacher at a homeschool co-op, waitress, art model, graphic design assistant, wardrobe stylist, and I'm currently a nanny.
My current career exploration is in costume design. As a wardrobe stylist, I really enjoyed helping people find clothes that made them look and feel good. I'm interested in the technical details of style (dressing for your body type, color, balancing/mixing pieces), but also the psychological reasoning behind dressing.
Helping people build their looks was enjoyable and rewarding, but what really made me excited was helping people put together costumes for Halloween, themed parties, and Dragon*Con. I kept saying, "If only I could do style consultations for costumes all the time." Then finally one of my friends suggested costume design. Duh.
Since then I've gotten more serious about my own costumes for Dragon*Con (by which I mean, painstakingly hand stitching feathers to a dress every night for several months) and I'm doing some costume consultation for an epic animated series in the works. I'm also working more on my sketching skills.
I've been flirting with the idea of going to Savannah College for Art and Design or their costume design program. However, $30,000 per year is no joke, and I'm already in debt from the first time I tried college. So, I'm trying to figure out how I can get an art school level education without crippling student loan debt.
After thinking over what attracts me to SCAD so much, I realized that what I'm looking for is a community of creatives that can inspire and push me, as well as mentors who know the business that can guide me to the next step. I'm already a little ahead on this. I work as an art model, so I have tons of contacts in the art community. Also, my uncle is an established lighting tech in LA, and he's helping to hook me up with other costume designers.
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