time to expand my education into the fashion and media world
My name is Fiona María Gusmano, I was born in Manhattan, raised in Argentina and I have recently graduated from by Bachelor's degree in business administration. My four years at the Universidad de San Andres where my first steps into my professional career, and I believe they have shaped me professionally and personally in a way I never imagined they could. Personally, because I met the most important people in my life, who taught me about empathy and communication, and professionally because from my professors I've learnt about responsibility and being a team player. In this fours year I have studied all there is about management, but now I believe it's time to expand my education into the fashion and media world.
My artistic yearnings come from a heritage of photographers in my family; my grandfather and my mother have been not only a significant inspiration in my life but also incredible mentors. My photography memories go back to my first show and tell in school at the age of nine explaining to my classmates how my great-grandfather's black box camera worked and how to develop analog photos. My love for the camera it's what lead me to appreciate film and journalism in a unique way, and my desire is to combine that love for film and photography with fashion and create something visually exceptional.
Being raised in Argentina my opportunities as an artist are limited; even tough art is seriously appreciated in my country and there are exceptional artists and directors, when it comes to building a career the path is narrow and the opportunities are limited to independent art. Being as attached to my culture as I am moving to another country is a big decision, but because how focused and ambitious I am about my dreams I know my best option is to apply for a proper academic foundation and training in the visual arts in order to expand my now narrow path into an ocean of possibilities.
I've done some preparations on my own investing in my future visual arts studies during the last years. I have taken part of online short courses such as Art Direction and Graphic Design for beginners at Central Saint Martins and I have attended to courses in Argentina in the subjects of Fashion and Lifestyle Communication, and Art Direction for Fashion. Also, I have been working as a freelance photographer, stylist and art assistant for the past two years and have assisted in several music videos and productions for different artists. I believe experiences like these ones helped me shape a more critical visual eye, but university will be an integral part of this gradual progression to a new career. I aspire to one day be able to create a high impact communication plan myself focused on fashion, lifestyle and art segments and a program like this one can help me get there. I will get the opportunity to expand my abilities and knowledge in fashion and image communication, and also continue to consolidate my critical eye and career path into de fashion editor I aspire one day to be.