First, they arrived completely prepared: they each had their own hair and makeup kits. They were dressed professionally, in all black, and had their hair and makeup done perfectly. Once we had a concept meeting, where I led them through the look the producer and the designers wanted, the models arrived and each student got right to work on the makeup first, hair second. At only a couple of different points in the process did the students ask me for an opinion or to take a look, "Is this what you had in mind?" They were very open and ready to learn and there was not an ego in sight. In the few occasions where I needed to take the reins on a technique, every one of them was extremely willing to watch and learn. And then they duplicated the look themselves. They were respectful and professional, and I was completely blown away. These students were awesome!
That’s when it hit me--job fairs had nothing on this. Getting the chance to spend a few hours with the students, watching their work ethic, how they communicate, how they maintained a neat work environment, how they treated their peers, their modesl, and even how they worked with me--really told me so much more about these future professionals than a short introduction ever could. Spending this kind of time with people I would consider hiring in the future was unbelievably valuable.
I highly recommend it!
Thanks, SFIEC, for sending your wonderful design team to work with me on the Vitamin Water Fashion Challenge. Your students were fantastic!