I think this needs to be said. I have been getting a lot of message from high school students lately asking for advice about costuming and the very first thing you guys do is apologize for bothering me.
Let me make this clear: You guys are not bothering me.
I’m actually ridiculously proud of you for taking the time to research and ask questions. To go into the costuming field you need to do research! Picking out a university is important so compare them. Look at what you would study and compare it to another course, ask questions. Look at what you study in first year compared to what you would study in first year at another school (very important!). Look at the alumni, what did they go on to do. Who are the visiting lectures by? What museums are in the area of the school? Research is GOOD and questions are GOOD.
Your high school guidance counselor is there to support you but most of the times they fail epically (and I went to a very well known International School who brags about their soon to be Harvard students and he would have nothing to do with me because I wanted to go into an arts based career.)
My mom ended up becoming my counselor (and my psychiatrist and my tough love buddy and that person who just agrees me when I need someone to agree! Mom’s rock like that). I took the make your own path and I’m still learning the hard way because I didn’t have someone to tell me take a look at this.
If I can help make the path to university even remotely easier for you guys consider my ask box always open. It’s always open anyway because I encourage questions and debate (I’m not an expert but I try!) but especially to high schoolers.
And I will write you back because I believe in encouraging the younger generation. You guys are my future and I wish you all the best.
That being said I’m really enjoying all the messages lately (I had 12 yesterday!!!)