Full Name: Samuel J. Hersh
Hometown: Plano, TX
Current Year in School: Accepted as a junior, going into senior year
FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing
FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, Fall 2014
Admissions Advisor: Shirley McDonald
Tell us a bit about yourself. My hobbies include art, music, and reading. One of my favorite things to do is to make art because through art we can explore different sides to ourselves. I also love listening to music, especially Florence + The Machine and Of Monsters and Men. Literature is a very big inspirtation, because it can be so powerful. The gift of putting words together in a way to explain feelings and thoughts that I would never have thought of is incredible, I think.
My favorite books are The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. Literature also has a big impact on my art, with a lot of it having deep narratives, and similar themes. In addition, I love hanging out with friends and shopping.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? My proudest accomplishment is definitely when I won first place at an art competition in the North Texas region, called Young Masters, and got a piece of my art hung in the Dallas Museum of Art (pictured above). The competition was only open for AP Art students, and out of the 1,507 students that entered, I was one of 47 who got into the museum, and out of the 47, I won first place. It was such an amazing experience and I'll remember it forever.
What made FIDM right for you? FIDM is right for me because of their push for career readiness. All through school I have been looking toward the future and working to get there. FIDM's curriculum is centered on how the industry is today and preparing their students for the fast-paced world of fashion and that was very important to me.
Describe your entrance project. I decided to make a lookbook for a line I created called Isla Adam. I wanted to create something different and professional. To get the clothes, I looked through my friends' closets, chose the outfits and had a friend model for me. It was so much fun making and shooting all the pictures with my friends. I then edited them online and compiled them into an actual book.
What are your career goals? My biggest dream is to work at Kate Spade or J. Crew and work on either the research side, in trend forecasting or market analysis. I would also enjoy working on the more creative side, like on the campaigns and catalogs/lookbooks.
What do you expect to learn at FIDM? At FIDM I hope to gain new experiences and skills that I'll need once I leave college, and to get a foot in the door.