I'm living in North Carolina and want to go back to school to study costume design.What do I do?

I'm living in North Carolina and want to go back to school to study costume design. What do I do?

Hello, My name is Emily *****. I am very interested in costume designing. I am a hair designer and will be graduating in August with an associates degree in interior design. I live in North Carolina. In the past five years I have won almost 10,000.00 dollars in cash an prizes for best costume. My costumes include the Preditor, Beatle Juice, the Alien, Joe cool the camel man, and many other smaller designs. I created all of them from junk. Anything I could find to mold and form. I can be very creative and I am not afraid of power tools. I love to design. Most people think the costumes I have made I rented from costume shops or ordered them from a Hollywood costume magazine. I have been interested in this field for many years. The colleges in this state do not offer any courses on costuming and or theatrical make-up. I have even looked for a position as an assistant on a set of a production but have had no luck. I hungry to learn more and eager to apply my talents in this field. If you could be of some assistance it would be greatly appreciated. Thank-you, Emily

I'm not ignoring your message, I'm just to busy to write now, as you may guess by the time I get to send my daily e-mail [2:33am]. I'll write as soon as I can, honest. ---Tara

Actually there are colleges in your state that do [offer courses in Costume Design]. I see advertisements for Costume Design professor jobs there occasionally. However, there may not be one that is close or cheap or convenient. If you would like to pursue a degree with an emphasis in that area, you might want to attend a thing called the South Eastern Theatre Conference which should be coming up soon, or has just passed. The schools in your area, plus the summer theatres, do recruiting at the conference. If there isn't a web page on the conference that you can find in Alta Vista, look up the University of Georgia web page and e-mail the tech folks there. The whole dept goes off to the conference each year, so they will know where it is. By the by. I DON'T recommend you go to UGA as an undergraduate. UGA is a good school, but it serves a students best interest to go to a small school as an undergraduate, a mid-size one for an MA or MFA, and a big one for a Ph.D. UGA is huge. By small or large, I refer to the number of majors in the department, not the number of students at the whole school. If you aren't looking to go to college again so soon, you should look into an internship, or a summer theatre job. The summer is the easiest time to get a costume job, especially in the south. The hills of the southeast are littered with outdoor tourist theatres that do musicals or historic epics. From January to April is the time to hunt for one of these jobs. The best listing of these things is the Artsearch bulletin, which costs a honking $64 a year with an e-mail option, and $54 without. You can send your order to There are also some internship options on the net. Go to my bookmarks page and look up under job opportunities: [outdated link-

newlink] Finally there are assorted guides to internships, summer theatres, and colleges that are printed out yearly by several theatre organizations, including TCG (Theatre Communications Group). Try going to Theatre Central and surfing to find some more of this kind of info. Above all, if you are looking for summer work, or for a university, do it NOW, since this is the time of year to do it to best advantage. Now wasn't I admirable to not just try luring you to UAF? However, should you feel a sucking wind going north, don't resist it.... ---Tara

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