Ferrari: Hi. Are you Debra? [phonetic]
Debra: Yes I am.
Ferrari: I'm Ferrari. [phonetic]
Debra: Hi Ferrari.
Ferrari: It's really nice to meet you. I'm so excited to learn about interior design today.
Debra: Okay. It's a great career.
Ferrari: And Interior Designer brings colors, textures, furniture, and lighting together to create the perfect living space for their client. If I was your client, what's the first thing that we would do? Would we come and look at these plans?
Debra: Ah, yes. We would meet, so I could find out what the project is all about. And then I would find out from the client what they hoped to achieve in this project. We should start looking for our finishes, so our flooring, and the fabrics, and all the fun things.
Ferrari: That's what I like.
Ferrari: Well let's do it.
Debra: Okay. Come on.
Ferrari: We're off to a show room. It's where designers pick out everything from fabrics to flooring. Oh, I like this.
Debra: I know, that's wonderful.
Ferrari: Designers who work for a large corporations or design firms put in 40 hours a week. But to be an entrepreneur like Debra, plan on more hours and more responsibility.
Debra: Cause you have to take care of your employees, as well as advertising, accounting, payroll, things like that, and then keeping your library together and licensing. So there's so many more things to do.
Ferrari: Once we have all the supplies Debra needs for her next project, it's back to the office.
Debra: The idea is to edit and find the things we like the best, that work the best together. So I come back and I'd laid them all out all, and, and see how they work together. And find the things that I feel would be best for the project.
Ferrari: Besides from choosing the style and color palette of a room, many designers work on the architectural detailing of design, like building layouts. With so many skills needed for this profession, a Bachelor's Degree is recommended. On top of that you may need to take the National Licensing Exam that's required in some states.
Debra: Every two years I have to have 20 credits, of continuing education credits. And that can be anything from draperies to green space. So, you can select it, but is; they are approved classes by the state.
Ferrari: Interior Designers average more than $40,000 a year. With all the perks of this profession, there's bound to be competition.
Debra: There are more designers than projects, unfortunately. But there, there's enough for everybody. And there'll always be a need for designers.
Ferrari: So are you up for the challenge of a career in interior design?
Debra: Good people skills is really important. You need a certain high level of energy, because the job has many components and can be stressful. And you'd be juggling a lot of things at one time.
Ferrari: Did you know that most professional designers can tell if a chair is Greek, Roman, Gothic, or a Spanish piece of furniture? Well thank you so much Debra for letting me spend the day with you. I'm
Debra: Enjoyed it.
Ferrari: Oh good. I'm gonna leave you now to design my multimillion dollar house while I head to the spa.
Debra: All right. Let's do it.
Ferrari: Thank you.