If you are into fashion, studying a career in fashion, or even if you don't know anything about it, you must know that being able to succeed in the fashion industry is extremely hard and that there is a lot of competition out there.
There are a lot of talented people wanting to have a career in that industry and they don't succeed; no matter how creative and innovative they are. So, if you do want to succeed and think you have what it takes, these are the best tips to start and have a great career in the fashion industry:
You may read thousands of articles about how to succeed, but there is no tip better than this one: get an internship. It is the best way to start learning about it and how it really works. You will get to see everything from the inside and you'll gain super valuable experience.
It serves as curriculum as well. And the other best advantage of it is that you will be able to meet a lot of new people. The more connections you have, the better. It can always be of help when you need a favor or even just some advice.
And you don't have to get an internship in Vogue or Elle for the internship to count. You can do it locally and wherever you are studying. Like in local fashion events for example, or any fashion-related charities. And now we have the beauty of the internet so you could even get an online internship which makes everything much simpler.
Start a Blog
Like I just said, right now we've got the great advantage of the internet. It is so easy for us now to show our talent through a blog or even on an Instagram account. That way, you can show off your talent and if you are very lucky, maybe even attract someone from the industry.
Many bloggers –but only dedicated ones– get invited to local fashion events, and just like with internships, this will give you the opportunity to network and meet others in the industry.
You are probably already at college studying, but if you are interested in a specific area of fashion, you may need to acquire technical skills. For example, if you are interested in e-commerce, take an HTML or WordPress course, even if it is for beginners. And again, the greatness of the internet comes in handy since there are many online courses available.
The thing is to make your weaknesses not so weak, and even make them one of your strengths. The more skillful you are, the better.
This will seem pretty obvious but it is worth mentioning. It is essential that you, as someone that want to be successful in the fashion world, have and show a good sense of style by the way you dress. You are going to meet new people. Those people will not take you seriously if you don't take style and fashion seriously.
And of course, you don't have to wear things that come straight from the runway, most people can't afford it. But stores like Zara or H&M are very affordable and will help you show how genuinely interested you are. Look at it as an investment in your career.
If you are not good with numbers for example, it might be a good idea to find someone who is. Or if you need a budget, find someone who is willing to invest it in you and help you reach a common goal. This can make things a lot easier.
It can be hard to find someone you can actually work with, but when you do, you will see what a great idea it was. If you share the same work ethics and goals, you can go very far together.
If you already graduated from college, it is a big mistake not to get a job. College is the time for internships, but when that is over, you need to find a real job, even if it is not what you like. You can work hard and look for your ideal job while you are working at something else.
Like Anna Wintour said: “Go get a job. Whether it’s working as a designer or working in a restaurant and then doing your own thing in your own time. It’s a reality of life. In the end it’s going to be helpful to you and so many others.”
If you don't do this, then don't expect anything good anytime soon. The most important thing of all is working hard for what you want and give a 110% all the time. If you don't work hard for something, then you don't really want it; or at least not that much.
No successful person in the fashion industry was sitting at home waiting for fame and success to come knock on their door. They all went out, gave everything they had, took risks and believed in themselves. That's when they got to where they wanted to be.
So whenever you are in a tough situation, remember how much you want that job or that chance. Also take risks because who doesn't risk doesn't win.
As you can see, those are very very simple tips. Obviously, they are easier said than done, but that is what it is all about. If it were so simple, all of us would be famous designers by now. So be patient, work hard, take risks and don't give up.
Abdul Bari Chanessra