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Re: How Did You Get Started as Costume Designers?

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  • Rev. Cleve Hall
    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
    Message 1 of 4 , Jan 23, 2007
      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"
      <abellet@...> wrote:
      > 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 to
      > face the fact that I am an excellent communicator, craftswoman,
      > artist- however I will always have to work a bit harder on my
      > stitching. Also, I love scene design just as much as costumes:
      now I
      > get to do both. Hence, education is great for me: I have a
      > shop manager to share the build-work with me, and a TD to do the
      > same. Thus, I describe myself as a designer more than a stitcher
      > builder. However, if you are more skilled as a stitcher- as one
      > my good grad school friends was- it took that tight, highly
      > competitive working environment for her to realize the nature of
      > skills. It was tough for her to face, but important. I think
      > what I owe most to school- committees of professionals who were
      > to direct your attention to your strengths, and therefore the best
      > professional positions for you. I worked professionally
      > school as well (helped with the rent and resume), and thus have
      > of professional connections (though only in art and regional
      > 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 who
      > want to be in 30 years.
      > One major thing to remember: don't ever be afraid of grad school
      > the loans. I found a great program with an assistantship, so my
      > 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 has
      > incredible small art communities and theatres, but is
      > building a rep for film. Working in film is so diff from theatre,
      > 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 years
      > thirty, and here I am with the job I always dreamed of. I wish
      > the same luck in your career~ and once again, sorry for the
      > reply~
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