Re: How Did You Get Started as Costume Designers?
- For me it was seeing my first GODZILLA movie in '64 (GODZILLA vs.
the THING ... Mothra) when I was little. I wanted to make monsters
ever since. When I made the suit and played Godzilla in PEE WEE'S
BIG ADVENTURE, I could have died that day and felt I had
accomplished what I set out to do in life!
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com, "Ashley"
> Well, I think it depends on which direction you want to go. I've
> always wanted to be a university teacher and designer, so I found
> way up through the education system. In graduate school I had toand
> face the fact that I am an excellent communicator, craftswoman,
> artist- however I will always have to work a bit harder on mynow I
> stitching. Also, I love scene design just as much as costumes:
> get to do both. Hence, education is great for me: I have acostume
> shop manager to share the build-work with me, and a TD to do theor
> same. Thus, I describe myself as a designer more than a stitcher
> builder. However, if you are more skilled as a stitcher- as oneof
> my good grad school friends was- it took that tight, highlyher
> competitive working environment for her to realize the nature of
> skills. It was tough for her to face, but important. I thinkthat's
> what I owe most to school- committees of professionals who werethere
> to direct your attention to your strengths, and therefore the bestthroughout
> professional positions for you. I worked professionally
> school as well (helped with the rent and resume), and thus havetons
> of professional connections (though only in art and regionalme
> theatres, as I'm not a Broadway girl at heart). School also gave
> a handful of mentors whose words I hold close to my heart(tear. . .)
> and I have a definate person in mind when I picture where and whoI
> want to be in 30 years.for
> One major thing to remember: don't ever be afraid of grad school
> the loans. I found a great program with an assistantship, so mythe
> loans were completely voluntary and fairly minimal.
> As someone else pointed out, where you work in many ways dictates
> venues (though this is loosely stated). For example, NC hassimulaneously
> incredible small art communities and theatres, but is
> building a rep for film. Working in film is so diff from theatre,on
> and requires diff skills and contacts. I've worked mainly in the
> south, southern east coast, and midwest: and these are the
> communities and audiences I love to work in.
> Anyway, sorry for the long story: but these are the things I pass
> to my students when they ask me 'what next?' I'm several yearsfrom
> thirty, and here I am with the job I always dreamed of. I wishyou
> the same luck in your career~ and once again, sorry for thelengthy