Marielle “Relle” Pasco, a Digital Media graduate of FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, is the focus of our special “Working before Walking” graduation series dedicated to grads who are working in the field of their choice before they walk the stage at their graduation ceremony.
Pasco is working full-time as a designer for Warner Bros.’ digital media department in television marketing, designing for Web and mobile devices using After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash.
As a designer for digital media, Pasco helps develop digital experience marketing materials for television shows on the CW television network, which airs shows like 90210, America’s Next Top Model, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries.
Pasco says that one of the most valuable lessons she learned in FIDM’s digital media program was learning “basic knowledge of various programs that has helped me become versatile in everything I do.”
“I learned how to think outside of the box and to apply what I create into various different programs, and how they would tie in well together,” she says. “I feel really accomplished to be working at Warner Bros. this early upon graduating from FIDM.”
Read Pasco’s first-hand account about what it’s like to be a designer for digital media, and her experience as a FIDM Digital Media Student, below:
FIDM Digital Media Grad Interview
(FIDMDigitalArts.com) What is the best part about being a Warner Bros. designer for digital media?
(Pasco) “What I love about my job is that I am constantly learning new and different things each day. Whether it pertains to design or the business of this industry, working for a corporation such as Warner Bros. has given me experience that has shaped me to be well-rounded creatively and administratively.
I also love how I am able to network with different people who work various jobs because it will really help build my connections I may need in the future. I also love how I was able to meet some of the celebrities from the CW that I have been the biggest fan of as well!”
What projects have you worked on, and are currently working on, that you are most excited about?
“I mostly work on-going in production maintaining the digital experience for the CW [television network]. I use Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash and After Effects and have worked on other various projects such as the Emmy Awards banners for WB shows, and theWB.com. I am so excited and fortunate enough to be able to work on projects for the CW because I have been a huge fan even before I started working here, so it is a great experience to be able to be on the back end of something I truly enjoy.”
What does it take to be successful in this industry?
“In order to be successful in this industry, I think you really have to put yourself out there and always give your 100% in everything you do. I think you also should make the effort in getting to know anyone that may cross your path because you will build a good reputation for yourself.”
What was the best part about your FIDM experience?
“The best part of my FIDM experience was getting to know the staff because they not only helped me in gaining my skills that I needed, but they also have offered guidance that influenced me to become a great digital media professional.”
What skills did you learn at FIDM that have translated into a career as a digital media professional?
“The skills I learned from FIDM that have helped me in my digital media profession were the simplest, but the most effective. I learned the importance of deadlines from my digital media projects, how to create and design something that will translate to the viewer effectively, and the basic knowledge of various programs that has helped me become versatile in everything I do. I learned how to think outside of the box and to apply what I create into various different programs, and how they would tie in well together.”
Do you have any advice for current FIDM students, or someone who wants to go into this field?
“My advice for people who want to work in a corporate environment towards this field is to be open to anything that will be thrown at you. It will build your reputation and will pay off in the end because people will really take notice of that. [You will gain] connections to people that will guide you to the right path along your career. Always be willing and helpful because it will open bigger opportunities for you as well.”
Anything else you would like to add?
“I feel really accomplished to be working at Warner Bros. this early upon graduating from FIDM. I feel fortunate to be starting this early being so young because it will give me a lot of experience that I will need in the future.”
(Image above: Warner Bros. production studio lot and logos for the CW network, and the WB network, photos courtesy of WarnerBros.com.)
Below, check out one of the motion graphics videos that Pasco helped design while attending FIDM and working with the FIDM Productions Department to develop short videos for the FIDM DEBUT Runway Show:
FIDM Debut Show 2012 Opening Graphics
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