Hello everyone and welcome or welcome back to my blog! Today I want to talk about my tips for getting into the fashion industry.
I've been into fashion my entire life (as I've said time and time again), and I'm blessed for the experiences I've had thus far and how fashion has helped shaped me.
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a model as I was inspired by America's Next Top Model, and I used to watch the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show with my sister who told me I could be a Victoria's Secret Angel someday.
I went to my first modeling audition when I was sixteen after endless and endless research on different agencies not too far from me, and I got my mom to drive me to the audition.
The owner told me that she wouldn't take me on for runway modeling as I was too short (I'm 5'6"), but that'd she consider me for commercial modeling.
I had to recite a commercial script standing on a runway in front of a mirror while a whole room watched me. She said that she preferred to watch the models through the mirror instead of them directly looking at her. I think she said something about them being less nervous that way.
That wasn't the case for me, and I psyched myself out. I hated the entire experience, and I thought I'd never be a model after that.
I went to a private high school, and my high school paid for special bulletins for open house to try to get kids and families to tour the school. Shortly after my modeling audition fiasco, they selected a small amount of students to model for the poster, and they chose me to be one of them.
I felt happy and inspired. The photographer for the shoot had just started her own company, and she chose me and three of my classmates to model for her brand. We got ready and did hair and makeup at her house and did photoshoots on the beach, boat dock, etc..
We also went to a local store with her and were floor models for her product.
Although I didn't make this opportunity happen, I believe my perseverance, inspiration, and desires led me to those moments. The modeling opportunity for the photographer also gave me great modeling shots to use and share as well as experience to put on my resume and a wonderful reference.
My first real job was also in retail at Old Navy. Retail is a great place to get your foot in the door and learn about fashion, styling, and brands.
I've also worked various other retail jobs and started blogging when I was sixteen. Through dedication and hard work, I landed some great brand collabs with Nip + Fab, Murad, and Aerie. These opportunities gave me further experience for my resume as well as references, and I got a job as a virtual personal stylist for over a year.
All of that experience helped me build my resume, and I then got a job as a stylist for Delta Airlines styling flight attendants. It was a temporary job that came to an end, but it was an incredible opportunity adding to my resume and experience overall.
And I've done all of these things without a college degree.
I moved onto a full- time job after my previous styling job, and now I'm at a different full-time job not directly related to my field but where I'm getting great experience and am in a great work environment.
Even though my current job is unrelated to fashion directly, I love being able to learn more and expand my skills. Don't be afraid of jobs unrelated to fashion as you can get other great experience that can excel your skills and capabilities.
Whatever you do, don't give up on yourself--the possibilities are endless, and you never know what the future has in store for you.
If you're passionate about fashion, you can start a blog or a YouTube channel. You can apply to modeling agencies like I did or become your own model for your blog like I am.
Follow your favorite brands and inspirations. If you want a career in fashion, retail experience is great to have under your belt. You don't have to stay in it forever; it certainly wasn't my favorite thing, but I'm grateful for the experience and know that it has helped me get to where I am today.
Read up on fashion. Read magazines, learn brands, learn the people, and learn the history. It'll give you something to talk about and help you discover what part of the industry you want to be in.
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