Check out her series on her blog Sweet Life of Mia.
Justin Sienna HS FC Pres Mia Johnson has plans to attend FIDM to study either Social Media or Interior Design, so we arranged for her to get her questions answered about these programs, from FIDM Grads themselves! She wrote about it on her blog, Sweet Life of Mia, and we’ve excerpted her first interview here with Interior Designer Marissa Guccione.
FC Pres Mia: What was your experience like at FIDM?
FIDM Grad Marissa: FIDM was an absolute dream! A very difficult dream, but the best experience of my life.
FC Pres Mia: I will be starting applications to FIDM next year for either Social Media or Interior Design. What location did you attend and were you satisfied with the location?
FIDM Grad Marissa: I attended both Orange County and LA campus. Both were great, just completely different atmospheres. I loved the OC campus, it was a little less intimidating and I felt like the teachers were more hands on and involved with helping every single student succeed.
FC Pres Mia: If you remember, what was the application process like to attend FIDM? This would be for Interior Design.
FIDM Grad Marissa: I remember the process being very detailed, but so so fun. It further assured me that I was doing what I was meant to do.
FC Pres Mia: What have you learned in life since opening up your firm?
FIDM Grad Marissa: So much. FIDM did all the groundwork, but the work experience taught me way more than I ever thought possible. I also had to learn that good things take time and to not be discouraged if things change or do not happen on my time frame.
FC Pres Mia: What was one thing you loved most about FIDM?
FIDM Grad Marissa: I loved that I was encouraged to have my own style and I was taught to think completely different. A designer and a homeowner have to think entirely different things, and FIDM taught me how to be a designer, not a decorator. Anyone can make a space look pretty, but it takes a true designer to make it function and perform the way a client wants and needs it to.
Project Lido Isle detail by FIDM Grad Melissa Guccione.
Interior Designer Melissa Guccione and friend.