Name: Elizabeth (Lizzy) Strong
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Previous College: Orange Coast College. I went there for one semester and realized I was missing something, but I couldn't place it. I knew exactly the direction I wanted to go, and wanted to get there already. I didn't want to take a bunch of random general classes when I already knew the direction I was headed.
FIDM Major: interior Design
FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA, July 2017.
Admissions Advisor: Margaret Berger
How did your advisor help with the process? She regularly called me to check up throughout the acceptance process to make sure I was on track or to see if I needed any questions answered. She's incredibly sweet and so helpful and kept my best intentions in mind. She's inspirational and insightful and made my acceptance process, although a little nerve-racking, exciting and meaningful.
Tell us a bit about yourself. I love everything arts. If I hadn't been so connected with myself and confident in who I was and my creative, artsy abilities, I would have still been stuck at OCC, trying to figure out my degree. Lucky for me, I knew at a young age that I was meant to be an interior designer. Ever since I was little, my hobbies included everything in the art realm: singing, dancing, drawing and painting, and playing different instruments.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? Being accepted into FIDM, and moving to California, by myself, from Utah, in July 2016. I moved out with three other girls and they have now all returned back to the comfortable bubble Utah provides. I have opportunity here and I strive to take every one of those opportunities and walk right through their door and achieve success. I won't leave this state without having accomplished some of my biggest goals and actually living out my dreams.
What made FIDM right for you? FIDM is for creative minds, which means my creative juices can get right to work on something I find amazing passion in. Since FIDM is a specialized school, I can take advantage of my passion and creativity in something that has inspired me since I was young.
Describe your entrance project. My entrance project was to create a design/mood board for a potential "client." I needed to find a color pallete/scheme, draw a floor plan (my favorite part), and incorporate the details of a finished, designed living area. I chose a deep emerald green velvet sofa for a statement with a leather accented chair. I added ivory fur and an authentic delicate patterned rug for a posh, bohemian-inspired look. My accents were light and bright for a little more balance in color so the room wasn't overwhelmed in dark colors and patterns. It looked absolutely amazing and I was so proud.
What are your career goals? Currently, I work at PBTeen, part of Pottery Barn companies and have started on the perfect path to a successful career. I've already been designing and decorating client's rooms. Eventually, I would like to have my own interior design business or firm, but my mind is open to all possibilities and open opportunities that come to me at that time. Only time will tell how I will grow and develop into a leading designer, but that's something I do know: I will be a leading designer through my passion and hard work. Nothing comes easy and I've never been more prepared.
What do you expect to learn at FIDM? Not only do I expect to learn how to do my potential job, but I also expect to learn incredible life lessons: punctuality, work ethic, social skills, directing my creativity, time management, dedication, determination, business management, and more. Those are only a few of the things I'm going to be seeing throughout my enrollment at FIDM and I can't wait to see how much else I will learn and use in my day to day life, especially in my future.