Whether you are an aspiring designer, stylist or photographer, there are easier ways than other to break in the fashion industry. Below is a list I made of things to do that can give you a great advantage. By the way, if you are unfamiliar with the industry, a good way to start is by talking to people in your networks and surroundings who already made it, or even by contacting someone that you admire.
1 – Know your outcome.
What is your dream, and what is your specific goal? If you take the time to know what you are really after, then elaborating the steps to get there will be a much easier task. One thing that is absolutely needed to succeed, is passion. If you are truly passionate about your art and your dream, there is nothing that will stop you.
2 – Learn about the industry around you.
Chance are, if you live in a smaller city or town, the fashion industry won’t be as developed as in a bigger centre. That makes a huge difference in how successful you can be with your goal. Unfortunately (or fortunately for some), opportunities in the fashion world happen mostly in bigger cities, so consider moving if you can.
3 – Be there.
Attend every fashion event possible and introduce yourself to new people. Your presence is your most powerful tool.
4 – Collaborate.
Again, try to meet everyone you can. Work on projects creative together, especially if you are starting out. Creatives are a great way to make new friends and gives you the opportunity to work on your own creativity and vision while improving your technique.
5 – Be present online and social medias / Start a blog.
Becoming a social media pro is a must! The internet is SO powerful for freelancers.
6 – Consider joining a class or a group.
In big cities, there are classes for everything. It’s a great way to meet people who share the same dream as you and who can become great friends or collaborators. You can grow so much more if you are sharing your passion with others!
7 – Say Yes to new opportunities, but stay smart about it.
I think that when you are starting out, it is ok to do some volunteer work. But you have to be careful. This industry is growing and changing so fast, and so many people are wanting to be part of it, that a lot of them will do stuff for free because they want their name out there, or they just do it “for fun” and not for the money. This is not good for the ones who are serious about their dream and goal. Those are the ones who want to make their passion their way of making a living, and so they should take opportunities like this very seriously. You want to make sure that if you volunteer on some project, that it will help your career in a big way.
8 – Take initiative.
Never be afraid to ask or to reach out to someone, even if you barely know them. In this industry, if you are fearless, you will go a long way.
9– Keep up with the new trends and new technologies.
Everything changes so fast in this industry, so you’ll have to keep up! Again, it isn’t a hard thing to do if you are passionate about your career.
10 – Believe in yourself.
The most important part, and sometimes the most easy to forget. Being confident and believing in your own abilities is the final touch that will bring you to your goal. <3