great thread... cannot give any advice on doctor or fashion editor... but here is my advice on getting started as a make-up artist or designer.. for makeup artist take a few basic classes. in minn there is the Aveda institute, and Jon English is a strong beauty expert in that area. After getting started and getting the basics, start painting faces. The more the better. Then team up with local photographers and tell them you would like to test with them. put together a book, then move to the fashion city of your dreams.at that point if you are really, really good check out the agencies, while you find a top dog to apprentice with. fashion designer.. for starts.. sew, sew, sew.. learn to sew well enough to get an understanding. to start a two year degree at FIT or Parsons would be fine. Now in the big scheme of thing those schools are not really that great. if you are serious and good enough at that point take your two year degree and go to europe to one of the top flight schools there. if you are talented at that point you will be eaten up by one of the top design houses there. if not you could move to new york or calif and they would love your european experience and fall into a not so glamourous design, production, or product development job. in the united states most designers are esentially product developers, with very few exceptions.