Name: Mackenzie Rivara
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
FIDM Major: Visual Communications
FIDM Campus and Start Date: Orange County, Fall 2016
Admissions Advisor: Michael Mirabella
How did your advisor help with the process? He inspired me to pick the right major by not letting fear dictate my decision. He also encouraged me to get everything done in a week so I could start as soon as possible. I couldn't be more excited.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Two things I love are traveling and thrifting. Saving money on thrifting and redesigning clothes allows me to travel around the world. But I draw most of my inspiration from cinema and music. I am obsessed with pop culture and seeing the way it shapes generations.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? My proudest accomplishment would probably be funding my entire 10-week trip to Europe and traveling by myself through Croatia. That was the first time I did something one-hundred percent for myself. Getting into FIDM would be the second thing.
What made FIDM right for you? I was never top of my class, an athlete, a musician, or an artist. I've struggled with being passionate about schooling. I don't like to half-heartedly do anything. So I'm either all in or not at all. I'm excited to be a part of a school that celebrates individuality, encourages their students, and furthers their ability. Instead of thinking that I'm not good at anything, FIDM is teaching me that I was just looking in the wrong places.
Describe your entrance project. My icon and my muse is David Bowie. He taught a weirdo like me that it was okay to be unique and not fit in. For my entrance projects, I did all three inspired by Bowie. This included a rhinestone rendition of his Aladdin Sane cover, a wig window display of his famous hairdos, and a Berlin Wall runway show inspired by his song 'Heroes.' I owe a lot of my openness with being quirky to David Bowie, I couldn't think of a better way to pay homage to him.
What are your career goals? My dream is to become a stylist. I would love to work somewhere in the music industry.
What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn everything I need to to be in the fashion industry. What I expect to gain at FIDM is a confidence in my work, the ability to execute my concepts and a strong sense of community.
Categories: Orange County, Just Accepted, Vis Comm, FIDM, Admissions, Interview
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