First: be willing to be a costume assistant, a shoe painter, a wig fluffer, a trim sewer-onner, an apprentice, an assistant, a coffee getter. You really, really - if you want to be good at this - you need to start at the bottom, no matter your college degree, no matter your masters, no matter your student debt, your student loan debt. You need to work. You need to get your foot in the door somewhere, where you are willing and able to do anything that's asked of you, you're not prejudging, you're not deciding something's beneath you. The best experience you can get is from the bottom up, and if you work your way up from the bottom, you will have done all the jobs that you need to do in order to be a really good costume designer. My favorite costume designers are the people who did that: who started at the bottom; who did things themselves; who did whatever was asked. And some of them are the most gracious, wonderful human beings, and they're people that you would recognize (if I said their name) and they are lovely, and polite, and considerate, and generous, and giving, and most importantly - the hardest workers in the room. You have to be willing to work really hard, for a really long time. If you love it, then great! If you don't love this, if you're not willing to sacrifice everything, you shouldn't do it. There's lots of jobs out there, there's lots of things to do in entertainment - but costumes is, can be, a really thankless department sometimes, and you have to really love it. But the best thing about it is you make amazing friendships, and build relationships with people that you will have for years and years and years. I work with people today that I've known over 20 years, probably 20 - no, 20 plus - and we were in different roles at the time when we met and now we're in different roles here. But the people are the best part of what you'll find doing this job.