When you were with NYAP who did you intern with? How were your experiences?
I came to NYAP as a first semester senior at DePauw University. I majored in Studio Art with a focus on sculpture, but was attempting to forge a career path in fashion.
I split my week interning with two companies – I highly recommend this for the two reasons: a wider set of experiences and the change of pace will keep you engaged and alert.
Monday – Wednesday I spent working at Jes Wade’s design studio where I learned more in regards to clothing construction and patterning
Thursday – Friday I spent working at Art Department a photo agency that represents photographers. At Art Department I worked for the producer for several successful photographers… My host [at Art Department] was a NYAP alum and enjoyed being a teacher. She took the time to invest in my learning and make sure I had a basic understanding of the overall dynamics of the company.
Why spend a semester with the New York Arts Program?
The program did a lot … for me but I think one of the biggest merits is that it provided an avenue to move to NY…. NYAP is an incredible program for any student seeking to spend a semester or make the move to New York.
For starters, you are planted in the most central area of the city, so you are free to romp around on foot J As a result of the typically high rent rates of the area, living in Chelsea is a rare opportunity for any person, thus living there through a reduced program rent is a huge plus.
Second, the NYAP internships allowed me to really gain experience and learn the fields of design and production.
The other reason to do the New York Arts Program is that the staff are well connected within the scene whether that be visual art, music or theatre…The sky is the limit…a lot of opportunities are just a request away so do not be afraid to ask, especially if there is a dream company you have been jonesing to work for since..like..forever
How do you think NYAP has helped further your career/Where are you now?
Loads and loads- tons and tons- I would not be living in NY right now without NYAP… Not only did the program help my aesthetic eye develop through artist visits but Linda, Susan, and those on staff were always available to critique my resume, cv, and interview skills.
When I applied to the program all I knew was that I was studying art, I liked fashion, and I wanted to live in NY someday. After the program I had a much better understanding of the potential jobs in the fashion world. At the end of the program I went back to finish my last semester at DePauw and my host from Art Department would occasionally email me with openings in the industry… [Through] one of the photographers we represented, my host heard of an opening to assist the producer at Vogue Magazine.
My former host reviewed my resume and CV and I applied for the position…heard back, booked flight, and then on my last day of classes at DePauw I received an email saying I had been accepted for the position.
About two weeks after I graduated I moved back to the program housing and began my position at Vogue. And in a little over a weeks time I will be moving out of 305 and into my own apartment on the upper east side – with many thanks to NYAP and my former host.
What are you favorite spots to go to in New York?
Hudson River Park for running
Trader Joes and Whole Foods for groceries
Jackson’s Diner for the best Indian
Joya in Brooklyn for the best Thai
Chelsea Market for a fresh loaf of olive bread and a traipse through Anthropologie
The Met Museum special exhibits
Moma Thursday nights for music/drinks
Gallery Openings in the Chelsea area
Any advice to future students?