Costume designer and FIDM Grad Erica Williams tells us what it’s like to work for Disney
Disney is magical to work for, who would have thought?! I still find it funny that I am doing the exact type of work I was doing in school. Constantly sketching, reimagining characters, forecasting trends two years in advance—I love it!
I must say it all happened like magic, I’m still wondering how I’m here. I was actually contacted by Disney—they found me by my LinkedIn account!
When I went in for my interview, I brought in my portfolio that showcased both costume and fashion showing that I’m creative but understand the business and how to make things happen. I was hired that same day! I don’t think that’s commonplace, but the moral of my story is to have an online presence!
Keep your LinkedIn profile updated and have an online portfolio. That way when someone asks for an example of your work, it’s already there! The time it takes to send someone your work could could make or break you—it could be the difference between you and another applicant.
This is an excerpt of an interview by Lake Country Lutheran High School FIDM Fashion Club President and aspiring costume designer Serena Abel. Find out more about FIDM’s Theatre Costume Design program.