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SALVADOR PEREZ, Costume Designer, IATSE Local 892

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in central California in a city named Reedley, near Fresno. My father was from Zacatecas, Mexico and my mother was from Edinburg, Texas.

What are your responsibilities or roles in your department? As a Costume Designer, I am responsible for the costumes for a show. Creating the characters and acquiring the costumes needed, whether they are custom made, rented or shopped. A costume designer is the head of the costume department.

Are there any films that inspired you to start

working in television and film?

The old Hollywood films like The Wizard of Oz and Cleopatra. Diana Ross in Mahogany was the film the peaked my interest in fashion. I remember watching Flashdance and wondering who put all the clothes together!

How did you begin working in the industry? I was working in retail at the vintage store Aardvarks and I met a Costume Designer, named Julia Scklair. She referred me to her Cutter/ Fitter and I began making costumes for films. I went from Stitcher, to running the costume work rooms, to Assistant Costume Designer.

What has been your favorite project to work on?

I’ve had a fun career. The Pitch Perfect trilogy, The Mindy Project and Hocus Pocus 2

are some of my favorite design projects.

What advice would you give someone starting out in this industry? Be an asset. There are so many people trying to get in the business. You need to stand out in that crowd, so be the hardest working person in the room. Those are the people I keep in my departments and I help them grow in the business. Many of my PA’s are working Costumers and Costume Designers. I always try to help my team grow and prosper.

What made you want to work in your department?

I loved fashion and storytelling, being

a Costume Designer let’s my combine

my passions. What are you working on these days?

I just finished a feature for Disney, called

“Dashing through the Snow”.

It’s a Christmas movie out next fall.


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