Although she hasn’t yet walked the stage at FIDM’s Graduation ceremony, Angelica Raquid is already working full-time as a Jr. Graphic Designer in the sports and entertainment marketing industries. Angelica Raquid earned her Graphic Design/Entertainment degree from FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in September, and will be celebrating at FIDM’s Graduation Ceremony on June 16.
The ceremony is held at The Staples Center, which hosts major sporting events for the NBA Lakers and Clippers, the WNBA Sparks, and the NHL Kings– a fitting venue for Raquid’s graduation. She is a full-time Jr. Graphic Designer in Home Entertainment at creative agency The Cimarron Group, and freelance graphic designer for clients like NBA Pro Basketball player, Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest), who is currently a forward for the L.A. Lakers.
“I would have never guessed that I would be in this position only about eight months after completing my degree at FIDM. I landed all of these jobs even before I finished school,” says Raquid, who designs everything from packaging for movies and television shows, to T-shirts and web graphics. “I can’t say that there was one thing that I learned at FIDM that I don’t use on a daily basis.”
Read Raquid’s first-hand account about what it’s like to be a Jr. graphic designer and her experience as a FIDM Student, below:
Graphic Design Grad Interview:
(FIDMDigitalArts.com) What is the best part about your job as a Jr. Graphic Designer and freelance graphic designer?
(Raquid) “I think the best part about being a Jr. Graphic Designer is working so closely with other graphic designers, people who have been in the industry for so long. I’ve learned just as much at The Cimarron Group as I did in school. I also get to work on some really cool projects! Stuff we actually get to see in stores. A day at work is never boring because we work on something different every day. It’s so fast paced due to deadlines that you don’t have time to get bored. [It] doesn’t get any better than that! Working freelance is also something great and completely different. Working with clients on your own can be a little stressful, but it’s also a great learning experience.”
What projects have you worked on, and are currently working on, that you are most excited about?
“As far as freelance, I’m currently working on some T-shirt designs for Metta World Peace (a.k.a. Ron Artest). I also recently did his mixtape cover (shown below) that he will be releasing in June. I actually just launched some of my T-shirts on his website, RonArtest.com.
And at The Cimarron Group, I work on a new movie or TV show everyday. I had the privilege of working on the packaging for Drop Dead Diva, which is releasing on May 29.”
What skills do you think it takes to succeed in this industry?
“I think in order to succeed in this industry you have to be willing to work hard! No matter how long you’ve been in this industry, there’s always something to learn, new techniques, etc. You’ll soon realize that hard work really does pay off! And those long nights staying up definitely pay off. Also, sometimes this industry can get a little tough; you have to learn how to have thick skin. Some clients can be really hard on you and you may feel a little offended because it is your artwork, but one shouldn’t be discouraged! Artists need to be open to criticism.”
What was the best part about your FIDM experience?
“I think the best part would probably be the teachers honestly. They have so much knowledge about the entertainment industry– a place I wanted to be ever since I was a sophomore in high school (Mary Star of the Sea High School in San Pedro, CA). I was really inspired by their work, patience and dedication. I looked up to them because I knew that was where I wanted to be.”
What skills did you learn at FIDM that have translated into your career as a creative professional?
“The most important thing that I learned was probably how to go through the creative process. From critical thinking/brainstorming to sketching, to actual comps. Without learning all of those steps individually, I would not have been as successful. With the tight deadlines we work with, you really need them to work well and efficiently.
Also, the simplest things! I’m so glad I paid attention in class. All those little fundamentals are the skills I needed to be successful. You just never know when you’ll need them. I can’t say that there was one thing that I learned at FIDM that I don’t use on a daily basis. Everything that the teachers tell us in class is true about this industry as I found out for myself when I was released into the real world right away.”
How does it feel to be 22 years old and working in a dream career?
“It’s an amazing feeling. This is probably the best case scenario and I would have never guessed that I would be in this position only about eight months from graduating at FIDM. I landed all of these jobs even before I finished school. It really all fell into place for me and snowballed. But everything has happened to me because I’ve worked extremely hard and have listened to everything my teachers taught me.”
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