Where to begin? Let’s look at some allied fields and areas that may not set you to work designing sets right away, but are on the fringes of show work.
Set decorator Deborah Lakeman started as a page (messenger) at NBC; she says:
I studied interior design at the same time. Interior design is different from set decoration because it takes place over a longer period of time. The design part of it is similar, but a set decorator needs to know what the camera sees. Then I got a job as a production assistant and learned from the bottom up. That led to working for art directors as a shopper and then at CBS as an assistant to a set decorator. I got to know the prophouses, which are our main resource.
Colin Irwin ...