Lana Skye Caven – TICE Fashion (2011-2012)
Hi! My name is Lana Skye Caven. I’m currently a 19 year old student at Nottingham Trent University studying BA (Hons) Fashion Communication & Promotion. When I completed the TICE programme I was in High School at Longbenton Community College.
I’ve always been brought up to embrace and chase after every opportunity made available to me, so when TICE was discussed I just couldn’t let it pass me by. I chose to study Fashion because it’s always been something of interest to me growing up. I’ve come to realise that everybody relies on it in one way or another which is so intriguing!
During my time at school, although it was fun and I made some of the best memories, I became so sick of sitting behind a desk day in day out. One thing I loved about the TICE programme was that it chucked me right into the deep end. At the age of 15 I was styling models and controlling photo shoots; opportunities like that don’t come around often! As for mentors – Jenny Barrett, the Managing Director for TICE, stood out straight away. I immediately got along with her and soaked in every little thing she said. I feel that her influence contributed to my choice of studying Fashion at University.
On a personal level, this programme boosted me massively. My eyes were opened to an area that I never knew very much about and as a result my confidence grew and grew! Within the creative industries, particularly fashion, you need to have a thick skin otherwise you’ll last two minutes. This makes having confidence an even more important quality!
As mentioned previously, I’m currently studying Fashion Communication & Promotion at Nottingham Trent. If I hadn’t completed the TICE programme I feel I wouldn’t have had a taste of the industry that I now adore so much. Fashion is fast paced and exciting all of the time – there’s always something to do which gives me the biggest adrenaline rush! Due to my current success at University, I’ve now been offered a place at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York to study for four months – how crazy! If you work hard, things really do come to you.
After completing TICE my mind became set on working within the fashion industry. At the time I was studying for my GCSE’s so they became my priority, but in my spare time I worked on really building up my social media profiles – particularly Instagram. As a result of this – brands have started to notice me and I’ve been offered various collaborations. I’ve started gaining positive exposure which is SO important! I also strongly feel that being able to say I completed TICE in my personal statement favoured me well in gaining a place at University to study my dream course. Anything that makes you stand out is GOOD.
If you’re reading this and are perhaps contemplating taking part in TICE, PLEASE JUST SAY YES! Think about it, what have you got to lose? Think about the positives, you’ll be learning something new and this chance will never come around again! In the end, we only regret the opportunities we didn’t take!