Tell us something about yourself.
I'm Stephanie, I'm talkative and a high spirited girl, some call me Step, Annie, Phie, here at School they call me Stepanya (tagalog kung tagalog!).I love joining contests, I love playing video games, I drink 3-4 cups of coffee, I play basketball with my brother, I hate make up hehehe, but I love wearing high-heeled shoes, I love mixing up clothes and I hate camera lenses. I hate my pictures. I love spending too much time with my artworks and improving my drawing Skills.
How was life after First Academy?
Actually, before I graduated in my 3D Arts Course, instead of going back to Laguna where I reside, the school offered me an OJT opportunity, so I instantly grabbed it. During my stay at the school, I was given projects that made me use my 3D skills. I was also included in the roster of First Academy students who worked on Big Top production's MTVs for SinosiKat and UpDharma Down.
Now, I'm part of the First Academy family as a Career Management Adviser.
Were you happy about the decision you made to learn with us?
YES! To tell you the truth when I was in 4th year High School, it was my dream to go to an Arts School. And that dream finally came true when I got in at First Academy.
Can you mention some of your achievements?
I consider my winning in contests and being accepted- under scholarship- and completing my studies at First Academy as my achievements.
I started joining contests since 2007, and in this span of time, I'm proud to say that I have
For me it's not about the money or the items I win, it's about the experience and the friends I gain that's important.
Tell us about the Artwork T-shirt contest experience.
I couldn't believe that after winning many contests that I could still win yet another one! Some people didn't believe that I could win. But I didn't let it get to me. It just made me want to prove them wrong. Ginagawa ko yung designs ko after classes and it took me 3 weeks to complete the Tshirt design. I had to balance my workload because I have projects to submit in class.
How did you learn about it?
My sister and I were at Glorietta 5, and I saw this poster of ARTWORK, saying ARTEEST KABA? For me ever time that I see a Contest like this, I would definitely join, if I can do it. So I registered, then that's it! I don't want to think about winning I just love joining contests!
How did you create your design? What were your inspiration/s?
Since the shirt is included in the Registration form, all I have to do is think of my entry. I know that a lot of contestants will be using Acrylic, Markers, etc. I wanted my entry to be unique and appeal to both males and females, so my first concept was a Tattooed shirt, then I changed it to a Skeletal Concept. I conceptualized all these en route to school. Then when I got in class, our lesson happened to be about Body parts- perfect for my "Skeletal concept"! I saw a word Tickle Bone and got an idea to name my entry Tickle Bone! It's a good thing I have the skills to draw a skeleton. On making the final touches of the shirt, I used an old black thread for the lines and cut pieces of cloth for colors.
What were the challenges you encountered during this process?
I welcome challenges! For me, the more difficult it is, the more I want it to prove THAT I CAN DO IT! The biggest challenge for me was balancing my time. I have class in the morning, I have assignments to submit and at the same time I'm doing my entry, and at home I have to do some chores. So my schedule was pretty hectic but I still managed to submit my entry.
What's your advice to aspiring artists?
I encourage them to join contests, as much as they can, like me and just enjoy the whole experience. This will improve their confidence and meet a lot of new friends. When you join a contest you'll never know what's going to happen next, and that's the most exciting part!