Why did you decide to attend the Fashion Program at Ryerson?
After working 5 years as a freelance Makeup Artist, I decided to attend Ryerson a little later in life at the age of 24. I started thinking about my future as a Makeup Artist and I wasn't sold on the idea of working freelance for the rest of my life. I figured I would pursue an education in an artistic field and after doing some research on available creative programs, I came across the bachelors of Fashion Communication at Ryerson and was sold on the idea of an education in fashion. I mean, I had been working in the industry already why not stay in the same field! So I applied and the rest is history!
How did your academic experience at Ryerson help you with getting to where you are today? What led to your interest in pursuing Event Production?
I was really thankful that in first year of the program, students are encouraged to take courses in all disciplines of the industry from fashion design, to pattern making, graphic design, illustration, and even event production. That was really helpful, as I was unsure where I wanted to concentrate my education. 2nd and 3rd year really highlighted my interest in events, but the number 1 thing that led to my career today was 100% my involvement with Mass Exodus. I had the pleasure of being the Executive Director of the 2011 show Zenith and Nadir, which really gave me the opportunity to manage and be part of every aspect of the show. If it wasn't for that experience I definitely would not be where I am at today.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you change about your time here at Ryerson and why?
Academically, I wouldn't change a thing. But on a personal level, I would have made a bigger effort of creating lasting relationships. Because I was a little older then most of the other students, I already had my "crew" of friends and I did not make many efforts of making life long friendships. I mean don't get me wrong I was very involved in many activities during my time at Ryerson but sadly after almost 4 years since I graduated I have only kept in touch with a very small group of people.
What does a day in the life of Stephanie Senater look like?
Most of the time I am working out of the MAC Cosmetics head office downtown T.O. But working at MAC means, NEVER a dull moment. Every day is filled with challenges. On a typical day, I am meeting with local and international clothing, jewelry or shoe designers, brainstorming and creating costumes to bring to life characters from our colour collections. On occasion I travel to NYC to work with senior MAC artists and create elaborate body paintings or shoot costumes to present to our Creative Director. And sometimes, I get to travel overseas to supervise large scale industry events. If you have ever walked into a MAC event at a retail store, a mall or a special VIP venue, chances are I have worked on all the animation and costuming for that event.
What is your favorite part about your job?
My favorite part is having the opportunity to challenge myself everyday to create new and innovative ways of surprising and exciting our customers! Everyday I have the opportunity to develop and bring to life amazing ideas and it's a pleasure to work with such an amazing group of individuals. I have a very close relationship with my entire team. I call them my 2nd family! We constantly bounce creative ideas off each other and it feels so good to walk into a work environment where everyone genuinely gets along and enjoys working together. I also must admit that the perks of working in the fashion industry are really nice.
What is your favorite part about working in the Fashion industry?
I love the creativity that comes along with the fashion industry. I get to meet and work with amazing individuals every day. What can be better than that?
What advice would you give a fashion student interested in Event Production?
I would tell you to prepare yourself for insane hours, insane people and lots of problem solving. This industry is fast past and nothing ever goes as planned. You constantly have to prepare for the worst and you ALWAYS have to have a plan B in your back pocket. But above all, you have to love your job no matter what you end up doing. Wether it's in event production or not, my best advise is to love your job, because lets face it, unless you have a secret tree that produces dollar bills, you will be working for a very long time so you might as well love what you do!