Pursuing a career in the fashion industry can be daunting. What’s the first step? Who do you talk to? What should be on your resume? In a world that seems almost impossible to penetrate if you don’t live in a city like New York or Los Angeles, or aren’t pursuing a fashion-specific major, it can seem almost unattainable. But though you may be thinking what’s a student to do, I’m here to tell you that it’s 100 percent possible to start a fashion career from absolutely anywhere.
Where To Start?
Luckily in the digital age, you don’t always need to start in person. With tools like Instagram, Squarespace, or WordPress you can jump-start your fashion portfolio or create a fashion blog to showcase your talents. This way when you’re reaching out to network, you have something to show. If self-publishing isn’t your jam, see if your school has a fashion or lifestyle magazine you can join. Being surrounded by like-minded peers is not only great for staying in the know, but chances are they’re doing really amazing work you can be a part of. Your school doesn’t have an organization you can join? That’s okay too, online communities like College Fashionista, are a great alternative. The most important part is getting your name, work, and talent out there where people can see it.
Network. Network. Network. Reach out to anyone and everyone because fashion careers are not only made by what you know, but who you know. Start in your area in and reach out to anyone you could potentially learn from. This includes bloggers, designers, creative directors, the style reporter for your local newspaper, boutique owners, etc. Remember everyone has valuable insight, and everyone’s time is valuable. Make sure that when you contact them you’ve got specific questions on hand or a résumé you can send in. Being prepared will always help you stand out from the crowd. And if they don’t get back to you? Try again, or do some research on your own. NPR has a great podcast called, “How I Built This” that offers insight on how entrepreneurs got their company off the ground. It makes for one inspiring walk to campus.
Be persistent, keep a good attitude, and remember the big picture. Any career worth having won’t come overnight. Keep networking, keep your head up and keep pushing forward. Your time to shine will come, and when it does you’ll be ready.
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Opening image by Sarah Kouadio