Name: Courtney Glowacz
Hometown: I grew up in Trabuco Canyon, CA and now reside in Huntington Beach.
Previous college/work: I started working at 16, after I left high school early with the CHSPE, which is an equivalent to the GED. I was an assistant manager at a retail clothing store and an intern at a record label by the time I was 17. During my internship, I was able to work with all departments but always favored working with the Creative Director. I attended Orange Coast College for one semester before deciding I wanted to go to a more focused school.
FIDM Major: Graphic Design
FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, October 2015
Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope
How did your advisor help with the process? From the get go I connected with Susan. She was so fun to work with and I never left with any questions unanswered. She's very upfront which I found was so comforting. I was nervous about the entrance project but she even got me to use Photoshop after not using it for years. I plan on staying connected with her even after my time at FIDM.
Tell us a bit about yourself. I didn't always know I wanted to study Graphic Design. It dawned on me a few months ago because I've always loved making websites, designing logos, and other aspects of design. I love playing music (bass and guitar), taking photos, and exploring new places. I'm vegan, so finding new places to eat at is always fun too. One of my absolutely favorite things is going to concerts and shows.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? My proudest accomplishment so far is how I have never let anything get in the way of my dreams. When I want something, I go out and do anything it takes to get it. When I was 15, I had my dad driving me around to interview different bands in LA and OC for my music blog. When I was 17, I was working backstage at concerts and the youngest intern at the record label. At work, I've always been put into managing positions even though I'm usually younger than everyone on staff. I guess what I'm trying to get at is that I never let age or inexperience deter me. I take pride in being a hard worker and giving it my all.
What made FIDM right for you? The first thing I did when I realized I wanted to go to school to study Graphic Design was to contact any designers or creative directors I knew. They all suggested going to a more major-focused school which is one of my favorite things about FIDM. Location is another thing for me. Being in the heart of LA gives you constant inspiration and opportunities. The last thing is that I love being around other people following their dreams. It's so motivating which I why I'm so excited to get to know everyone at FIDM. If you see me on campus this October come say hi.
Describe your entrance project. My entrance project was to design a logo, magazine ad, bags to use in stores, and a catalog cover for a company I could make up or for one that already exists. I decided to create a company called World Classic, which was vegan, eco-friendly apparel that donated a portion of their proceeds to a different foundation or charity each month to promote global awareness. I also had to describe the target demographic and come up with a slogan which was 'Thank you for saving the planet." It was so much fun doing this project.
What are your career goals? My long term career goal is to become a creative/art director for a record label or magazine.
What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I plan to learn so much, from real world experience to being well educated in computer programs I'll use in my career. With all the opportunities FIDM provides us the sky is truly the limit.