This Fashion Club President is moving to LA from Memphis to study Merchandising & Marketing!
Brooke Hein is a Fashion Club President at Collierville High School in Memphis, Tennessee. She just got accepted into FIDM to study Merchandising & Marketing in 2020. We caught up with her to find out more.
My career goals have been consistent since day one. A determined mind and artsy soul, I have set my sights to ultimately work for an industry giant such as DVF, Calvin Klein, or Versace, to travel to fashion shows around the world and gain new experiences. I love the idea of influencing consumers with my voice.
I chose FIDM because it’s important to me that my college is in direct alignment with my career path. I want a college that goes beyond the basics and works to help me thrive and pursue my interests. Some people feel it’s risky to choose a creative major, but at FIDM they embrace being different and encourage you to show your unique colors.
My advice for any current Fashion Club presidents is to create an environment that fosters learning. I always like to think that club members are there for a purpose and I want to give them experience that they expect. For example, have a contest—it encourages creativity and shows the value of competition.
Starting a Fashion Club has taught me leadership skills and how to manage myself and others. I have enjoyed the time and thought process of coming up with new ideas.
I’ve also been preparing for my career by taking elective classes in such subjects as business management, advertising, art history, business communications, and four years of honors art.
I do a lot of volunteer work that helps me connect socially with others on how I can help in different ways all around the city of Memphis. I follow successful fashion businesses and other major influencers. I read and watch stories on how people make their goals a reality. Even watching motivational speakers like Gary Vaynerchuk gives me a boost to go the extra mile.
My biggest inspiration is Diane von Furstenberg. She started off small and moved to the United States to start a company in New York City. To have the confidence to step outside your comfort zone is extremely inspiring for me. I admire her stance on social equality and making others feel confident and proud to be funky, boho, hipster, or colorful. It shows that there are many shapes and sizes and context to go behind what truly make someone happy. If I had the chance, I would ask her what influenced her to take these risks. She’s has a purpose behind her creative ideas and it’s what has kept her going after developing an amazing franchise.
Lastly, I would like to share that if you are thinking about coming to FIDM, go for it! I live in Memphis, Tennessee, and will be attending the Los Angeles campus. This is my first step in taking a risk so I can see what life will have to offer and I know by attending FIDM it will bring me to where I want to go.
Do what makes you happy, even if it’s a risky career. If you know that you can get out of bed for the rest your life knowing that you’re going to work happy then you did your job right. Because career is not just about income, it’s about inspiration to propel you to do more and be great at what you love best.