Hi! I know it’s been a while since the last The Professionals entry. But I’ve been really busy. I didn’t have the time to look for contributors. Then Rora came along and recommended Dennis to write! Thank you so much Rora and Dennis! ♥
Don’t you wanna be a lawyer?
Apparently, I don’t.
The name is Dennis, 23 years old, Jakarta-based 9-5 prisoner.
I’ve been drowning myself in the fashion field for almost 2 years as a Creative Designer for a fashion house. I’m a textile craft graduate, so I guess it’s kinda goes along the path.
I know I’d wanted to take the said major since I was in elementary school, so I believe that my family already prepared for my future career and the instability of the creative industry. I’ve been in love with the creative industry: film, music, art and craft in general since I was a kid. Frankly, I can bravely say that being a Creative Designer is my dream job. I graduate with a little note to my lecturers: I don’t want a career as a commercial designer. That’s for sure.
So, I applied to this designer as one of his creative team.
What’s a creative team?
It’s basically people, more than one designer, who develop the idea that the main designer makes; make it come true in any way possible. Graphic for invitations and lookbooks, multimedia, image branding, color plans for the next collection, music for the fashion show, anything. That’s what we do. There are two sub-divisions under the Creative Department: Graphic Designers and Creative Designer. The graphic kiddos do the layout, pattern making, shows invitation, catalogs, technical drawing, everything that needs visual development in graphic terms. Meanwhile, my position as the Creative Designer requires me to be able to do things like: style research and development, color plan for the collection, details, material hunting, I practically do everything that the main designer does as his right hand. I have to take care of every fashion show he makes: the whole collection; the music and the concept in every single detail possible: rundown, lighting, models, make up, hairstyle, you name it.
The fun part is, well, it is fun. If you like this kinda stuff, if you want to be a designer, it’s a really good start. You can learn a lot, from concept making to production and the final show. So many connections, so much experience. You can also have access to designers’ stuff as well if you like one.
Okay, now the less fun part, it’s tiring. Like any job in the whole universe, it’s tiring. Like, physically tiring, because you have to be at the venue at 6:30 for rehearsal and stay until 3 in the morning. But more or less, I can’t find anything bad about it, it’s fun, it’s challenging, but not for stash-minded people. Creative workers are still underpaid.
You don’t have to be an art graduate to be on the team, as long as you can deal with the Adobe Illustrator and its friends, it’s totally okay. You love fashion, love its elements, you can join the team. Because get in, loser, we’re going shopping!
Got anything to discuss? Feel excited about the whole concept? Contact me at email@example.com .