Assistant Designer, Evolutionary Apparel
The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University
I went on countless interviews and even started a job I didn't like before I came here. That process was definitely a test in determination. Sitting at my new desk, surrounded by people who value me, is a huge benefit that stemmed from my determination. Brittney Castillo , Assistant Designer, Evolutionary Apparel Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, 2016 , The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University
Brittney Castillo is an assistant designer at Evolutionary Apparel in El Monte, California. She creates tech packs and line sheets, and orders and tracks samples. Brittney is also responsible for spec-ing garments and vendor coordination. She admits that she has long days at work, but she enjoys the experience. “I don’t count the hours I spend at work anymore. Every day I [come in] and don’t go home until the work for the day is done. I’m passionate about what I do.”
She recalls interviews where potential employers told her that she was very talented but lacked industry experience. This motivated her to find an employer that would give her a chance to build her skills. “Luckily, I was able to find the perfect place to build that experience,” she says.
The position she currently holds is new, and she took it knowing that it could evolve over time. “It's a challenge walking into a position that isn't clearly defined. What I didn't know was that it's the best case scenario because I get to learn things that most design assistants don't because I'm helping in sales and production instead of just design. This will make me so much stronger in the future and more well-rounded.”
She advises current students to focus on the reason they’re studying fashion. “When things seem too hard, I always remember that I left a career [with a comfortable income] in order to follow my dreams and what makes me happy. I may be working back up but now I’m happy instead of doing something just for the income.”
Brittney, who in 2016 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, says that learning the design process from beginning to end in school helped her to be a supportive assistant designer. “[I can be relied on] to fill in any information and when [the designer I work with] needs to be in two places at once, she knows that she can have me step in.”
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