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.
Name: Emily Benavides
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.
Categories: Just Accepted, FIDM, Admissions, Interview, Transfer Student, Merchandise Product Development
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