Apr. 15, 2019

Most FIT students enroll with a destination in mind: Fashion business. Interior design. Fine art. But life doesn’t always turn out the way we expect, and sometimes, a chance opportunity leads to a wild new career. These five alumni took a risk on their journey–and swerved into exciting, untrod territory.

Mikahla Insalaco Jestes, Fashion Merchandising Management ’04, heals humans—and horses—with acupuncture.

Mia Cusumano, Fashion Merchandising Management, gives actors their big break.

Stefanie Bishop, Interior Design ’10, pushes her body to the limit.

Continuing and Professional Studies student Lyn Slater became a hot influencer at age 64.

Dave Ortiz, Fine Arts ’91, operates the only vodka distillery in Manhattan.