Name: Sarah Munoz
Hometown: San Diego, California
FIDM Major: Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing
FIDM Campus and Start Date: San Diego, July 2014
Admissions Advisor: Jamie Westfall
How did your advisor help you with the process? Jamie was wonderful at providing all necessary information and details during my my application process, and she made me feel extremely comfortable and welcome from the beginning. When I first walked onto the San Diego campus I was completely blown away by how beautiful it was. Jamie was quick to offer me a personal tour and help me get acquainted with the campus.
It was so inspiring to see all the students' work and it lit a fire in me to show the creativity I had inside me and showcase my work. During my application process Jamie kept in regular contact with me and provided me with quick and detailed responses. Thanks to Jamie, I felt confident and ready to take on this new and exciting opportunity.
Tell us about yourself. As a San Diego native, I am in love with the outdoors. I love going to the beach and experiencing the natural beauty around me. Coronado is my favorite beach I could go there everyday and never grow tired of it. As a kid my grandma would take me there almost every day, and it holds great sentimental value to me as I am extremely close with my family. I have recently taken up hiking and am heavily into meditation.
I love getting to play around with my artistic side and try to do special effects makeup whenever I can; there's nothing quite like getting to transform someone or something right before your eyes. My special effects makeup was even featured two years ago at Comic-Con San Diego in a Walking Dead promo!
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? The advances I have made in the Beauty Industry and getting to do what I love and living out my passion is something I would've never dreamed possible. Other accomplishments are graduating from Bellus Acadmey in Poway with an esthetics license and being offered an amazing opportunity to oversee my own cosmetics department and become a Beauty Leader at a Sephora inside JCPenney in San Diego.
I have gotten the chance to travel from Smashbox Studios in LA to Sephora inside JCPenney corporate offices in Dallas, Texas and have met with some of the most talented makeup artists from my favorite cosmetic brands. I absolutely adore and love my team, and I am so thankful to have the career I have.
What made FIDM right for you? FIDM has always stood out to me as being the best of the best for fashion education and development. After learning through a friend that FIDM offered a Beauty Industry Program I knew I had to dig deeper. After doing extensive research and reading student testimonials, I knew I just had to be part of this amazing school. FIDM is the right choice for me for so many reasons, from their top notch instructors, to the ever-evolving curriculum that stays ahead of trends, to the fantastic internships and brand partnerships, I fell in love from the start.
Simply put, FIDM stood out to me for putting students needs and education first. They let me know that they are here for me and want all students to excel in there specific field. It was very important to me to find a school that was just as passionate and driven in this field as I was, and FIDM is exactly that and so much more.
What are your career goals? I would love to become a buyer for a cosmetics company and get to take part in giving new brands or products a chance to showcase their work and allow all kinds of clients the freedom of discovering the latest innovations in the cosmetic field. I am always fascinated to go into a store and see all the new products and marketing behind it; with so many lines on the market it's interesting to see brands evolve and change. I would love the opportunity to see what the process is like and go toe-to-toe with some of the most innovative lines in the industry.
What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I have already learned so much, it's hard to imagine what could possibly come next! I expect to learn more of the business and technical side of the beauty industry, and work alongside some of the top instructors who have helped shape some fantastic marketing and merchandising campaigns. I cannot wait to see what this new and exciting chapter has in store for me and I plan to take this experience and run with it, making every moment count.