Name: Maya Scotti
Hometown: Temecula, CA
Previous College: AA in Social and Behavioral Sciences
FIDM Major: Fashion Design Professional Designation
Campus and Start Date: October 5th 2015 at the Los Angeles campus
Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope
How did your advisor help with the process? Susan was a tremendous help. I was back and forth with FIDM for a couple years, mostly for financial reasons. She really helped me exhaust every option that was available to me. When I finally stumbled upon an option that worked best for me, she walked me through the whole process making sure that I not only understood everything, but that I also had everything I needed for success.
Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m currently a certified yoga instructor and it has been a really fabulous opportunity for me. Yoga is probably my most loved hobby so I’ve been very grateful that I was able to turn it into a job as well. Teaching and practicing yoga has taught me to find my voice and be confident. Practicing yoga also helps me to just come back into my body, into the moment and relax, no matter what kind of yoga I’m practicing. It has also given me the foundation to feel confident in following my dreams. I was able to turn one of my loves into a way of life and into a job, which made me feel comfortable to turn other passions of mine into useful tools. For example, I just recently started my own fashion and lifestyle blog called stylespresence.com.
What are your proudest accomplishments so far? My proudest accomplishments so far have been completing my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification with Yoga Alliance because one it’s just an accomplishment on its own, but two, I was only 16 at the time. My second proudest accomplishment was helping put together my high school’s first ever fashion show. I was on the executive board for the show and I was the moderator/host for the show. It was just such a fun and empowering experience for me. I also met some amazing people.
What made FIDM right for you? FIDM really seems to allow students to play with and express their creativity. Creativity is something that is extremely important to me, which is why I think that I was so attracted to going to FIDM. It just felt like the right place for me to grow as an individual.
Describe your entrance project. My entrance project was 6 different designs based off of different pictures of the galaxy. If you look up pictures of different galaxies and star arrangements there is actually a very broad range of colors to work with. I also loved the way they looked very wispy and light and the colors would flow together very seamlessly. I believe my project projected a pretty accurate representation of the photos that I found.
What are your career goals? I would really love to establish myself as a blogger and do some collaboration lines with different companies. Once I’ve made myself a little more relevant in the world of fashion, I’d love to start my own fashion line or even my own company.
What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to learn every aspect of fashion design as possible. Whether that is sketching, draping, or tailoring garments. I’m hoping that FIDM will give me a space that I can really enhance and perfect my creative abilities. I’d also love to meet other people at FIDM that I can collaborate with. Currently, I’d love to meet some tech-savvy peers who wouldn’t mind teaching me thing or two for my blog. For the most part though, I just want to go to a school that will prepare me to walk out of those doors at the end of my program knowing exactly how to properly execute a task in my field study and launch in my new career.