If you have been someone who has always dreamt of breaking into the fashion industry, then you would have avidly followed all the big names in the world and the designers behind them such as Chanel, Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren and more. When you see the impact they have on the world as a whole, you cannot help but wonder how you would get there one day, and when there will be a bevy of beautiful models strutting down the runway displaying your creations. Of course this does not come easy and the road to the top is hard; but then again, the road to some of the best places in life is not exactly a walk in the park. To make your mark in fashion, you need to really put in a lot of effort and keep fighting till you get there which is why only those with a genuine passion can make it. Want to make your own mark? Think of these while you plot your way to the top.
There can only ever be one Karl Lagerfeld, one Narcisso Rodriguez and one Coco Chanel. In the same way, there is only one you so make it work. Do not ever be afraid to stand out in this world and be unique. It is what got all of these designers to where they are today. If you are simply looking to fit in and blend with the crowd, how on earth can you expect anybody to pick you out from the crowd? Nobody ever made it anywhere big by following the herd. Be yourself, have faith and remember there is something special you can offer too.
Focus is the key to success. Map out your goals, yes even on paper so you have a clear idea of what it is you want. Sure you will work at different fashion companies either for a magazine or a PR firm, but is that where you want to be for all your life? Or would you rather maybe setup a company of your own? Do not limit yourself with opportunities that you can make yours. Of course you would need to work for others for sometimes for both money to save up and experience, but consider working towards making your own dreams come true.
You will find that as you go on, to make your dreams work for you, you need to be prepared for sacrifices. This could mean less money to buy new things, bidding goodbye to your social life, and in general cutting down on other things that previously ate up all your money. A time will come when you can celebrate with champagne and reap the benefits of your hard work, but to get there you need to first give up some things now. If you have faith in your goal, it will all be worth it!
This will be your greatest weapon and friend during your time in fashion. At first you might find it hard to not burst into tears everytime someone yells at you (which is a lot) or blames you for someone else’s mistakes, but you will need to be tougher than that. Thick skin is something you just need to develop if you have any hope of survival. Do not let them see you as a vulnerable, sensitive person since you will automatically become bait. You will have your tough days, but you need to love your work enough to be able to look past it and put a smile on your face. And, that is what friends are for!