Just Accepted Student Interviews

The future looks bright

In these interviews, newly accepted students share why they chose FIDM and talk about their passions, hopes, and dreams. Find out where they're from, what attracts them to design, and what they intend to study.

  • Feb
    09
    2017

    Just Accepted Product Development Student Runs an Online Clothing Shop

    Name: Emily Benavides

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA

    Previous College: Cairn University and Santiago Canyon College

    FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development

    FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA, Fall 2017

    Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope

    How did your advisor help with the process? Susan brought me through each step with a loving and helpful hand. From the day I walked in curious about the university, to the day of my acceptance, she filled me with confidence and determination to succeed.

    Tell us a bit about yourself: I love to sell clothes, which is good since I also love to shop. Going to a thrift shop and selling my clothes on my way to Newport Beach is definitely one of my favorite pastimes. I am creative, yet business minded. I have always wanted to have my own line of clothes, specifically swimwear. I absolutely love modeling and doing shoots in general. I am a model, photographer, creative director, and stylist.

    What are your proudest accomplishments? I have started my own online clothing shop, Painted Nation. Ten percent of what the business makes is donated to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation. I am also very proud of the sister that I am and the daughter I am to my mother. To me, being a positive influence in their lives is an accomplishment in itself.

    What made FIDM right for you? FIDM is a perfect match for me because of the fact that I am creative with a love for clothing, but also extremely driven and business minded--I believe I can combine both here, while learning the practical ins and outs of the creative industry I love.

    Tell us about your entrance project. My entrance project was an artistic portrayal of what my brand, Painted Nation, would ideally look like if I developed my own clothes. It has a carefree bohemian look with easy going silhouettes and lots of color and floral detailing. 

    What are your career goals? I would love to be a buyer for a company and have my own brand of swimwear.

    What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn the practical end of developing clothes, such as making a tech pack and sewing, while also developing the designer aspect of the process and learning how to work in a clothing industry environment.

     

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  • Feb
    06
    2017

    Just Accepted Social Media Student Has a YouTube Channel

    Name: Fiona Bandy Age:18 Hometown: Orange County, CA FIDM Major: Social Media, Bachelor of Arts  FIDM Campus and Start Date: OC & LA July 2017 Admissions Advisor: Joleen Harris How did your advisor help with the process? My advisor was my personal guide … Read More

  • Nov
    17
    2016

    Just Accepted Fashion Design Student Dreams of Being a Designer Who Gives Back

    Name: Jillian Maksudi Age: 17 Hometown: Corona, California FIDM Major: Fashion Design FIDM Campus and Start Date: Orange County; July, 2017 Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope How did your advisor help with the process? My advisor was amazing. I'm always nerv … Read More

  • Oct
    24
    2016

    Just Accepted Merchandise Product Development Student Already Runs His Own Streetwear Brand and Store

    Name: George Vilchis Age: 19 Hometown:​ Rancho Santa Margarita​, CA FIDM Major:​ Merchandise Product Development ​ FIDM Campus and Start Date:​ Orange County, 2016 ​ Admissions Advisor:​ Susan Pope ​ How did your advisor help with the process? ​My advi … Read More

  • Oct
    12
    2016

    Just Accepted Graphic Design Student Wants to Start Her Own Design Business

    Name: Brigitte Sevigney Age: 23 Hometown: Hoosick Falls, NY Previous College: I began my Graphic Design journey at SUNY Cobleskill where I had the great value to gain a lot of experience in my field on top of receiving an associates degree. I was an IT pe … Read More

  • Sep
    30
    2016

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Dreams of Being a Stylist in the Music Industry

    Name: Mackenzie Rivara Age: 20 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 pic … Read More

  • Sep
    29
    2016

    Just Accepted Fashion Design Student Was Named Youngest Fashion Designer at Age 10

    Name: Cecilia Cassini Age: 17  Hometown: LA and moved to Newport Beach, California when i was 14. Previous Work: I've worked in retail since I was 14. FIDM Major: Fashion Design FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA, October 2017 Admissions Advisor: Joanne Le … Read More

  • Sep
    21
    2016

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Has a BA in Art History From UC Irvine

    Name: Jackie Alejandro Age: 22 Hometown: Redlands, CA Previous College: University of California, Irvine  FIDM Major: Visual Communications FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, Fall 2016 Admissions Advisor: Margaret Berger and Cathy Chambers How d … Read More

  • Sep
    19
    2016

    Just Accepted Social Media Student is Ready to Achieve Her Goals at FIDM

    Name: Salona Wallace Age:22 Hometown: San Clemente, CA Previous College: Saddleback College FIDM Major: Social Media FIDM Campus: OC & LA campuses Admissions Advisor: Shirley McDonald How did your advisor help with the process? I had a very attentive … Read More

  • Sep
    07
    2016

    Just Accepted Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing Student Transfers From Fullerton College to Pursue Her Dreams

    Name: Paulina Gonzalez Age: 23 Hometown: Anaheim, CA Previous College: Fullerton College FIDM Major: Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing FIDM Campus and Start Date: OC Campus, Fall 2016 Admissions Advisors: Cathy Chambers and Margaret Berger How … Read More

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