What advice would you give to someone who looks up to you?
Be organized, follow your dreams, trust yourself, and never give up.
Life is going to put obstacles in your way. Just go through them. Fight for what you want to do, even though it's hard. Even though sometimes you want to give up, never give up, because there is someone behind you who will not.
It’s going to be hard, but if you’re passionate and have a vision, stick to it. That's what's going to make you stand out in the end. Have something that you stand for and something that makes you different and more valuable than another candidate. Some people might not like it, but some people will love you for it and you'll find a place that appreciates you for your unique ideas.
Number one: if you don't own a pair of mom jeans, then go find one, because they will change your life. But real talk, work hard, nothing can stop you – you are your own worst enemy so if you keep going, you’ll go somewhere.
Don’t be afraid and have confidence in what you do because if you don’t believe in your work, other people won't either. I strongly believe that creating something, writing, painting, whatever it is, gives an immense about of joy, so don’t play it safe, no harm in trying it out if you have an idea.
Well, if they have a passion for photography I would tell them to just create work and to do their thing. They have to find a way to do it, maybe it's not always a straight line to success, but if they really want it, they will find the best solution for creating work that satisfies them.
I would say that you can always follow your dreams if you work hard. You have to really want something and work for it. If you dedicate enough time, energy and passion, you can reach your goals. Anything you want to do, you can do. I have so many examples of how and why that's true. So many people give up, but if you want something, don't ever give up. Doors will open, people will notice, and unexpected things will happen. It’s all about saying yes and being open to the next opportunity.
If you are passionate about something, don't give up, keep going, everything is possible! If you do everything in your power to achieve your goals, I'm sure you will!
Oh my god. Work! Be prepared to work your ass off. You will be juggling, so stay organized and put a really strong system in place. I've had a really good system in place for years, and I can't live without it. Work extremely hard, be on it, always be thinking of how to go above and beyond and ask if anybody wants extra help. Be respectful and nice to everybody that you come across, because you want to be remembered as a nice human full stop and also you never know who they might turn out to be or if they might be able to help you along the way. Another big one, know when to talk shop and know when to just talk personal. That’s something I think is quite important, and a lot of people tend to forget when their professional guard is up.
Agreed. The relationships that you create in this industry are by far the most important and not even in a where can they get me sense.
Yeah, exactly. That's why everyone in this industry makes up this really weird dysfunctional family. We're all in it together, and we all know the struggle. So yeah, do all those things! And it’s important not to take it all too seriously; we're not curing cancer here.
Work hard, be considerate, nice, have a laugh, get as much experience as you can. Try out different things whilst you’re young, or you might never know what really suits you. Find those things that you love and really go for it with your ideas, learning from your mistakes is the best way.
Be connected, not just with fashion people, but your mates doing writing or sculpture, film, etc.
It’s tough, so you’ve got to love it and put your all into it. Everything I earn, I spend on my shoots. The amount of time you have to spend on admin and logistics – chasing PRs, chasing couriers, chasing payments! You have to be inspired by it. Everyday you’re in a different place, with different people, but, it’s such freedom and privilege being able to do that. Magazines don’t exist in the same capacity as they used to. So many magazines have folded in the last five years. It’s not an easy career to get into.
Everyone says that they want to get into fashion, but often they don’t know what it entails. But if you’re inspired by it, I think you can always find a way to do it.
You have to be very fluid to work in this industry as the schedule changes on a daily basis. Also, you need to be prepared to work seriously hard. And never stop working seriously hard. No one will push you more than yourself.
Always trust in yourself. Always have dreams and work hard to make them. Take all the opportunities that come to you, and be open and be curious and try to always be really demanding with yourself. Never give up because there are lots of times when I was like, "Okay, maybe it's too much. I don't want to be a stylist", and every time, I was like "No, I want to be here. I want to be here. I want to be here." It works out in the end. If you’re really talented and if you're working hard, it pays off. Always have dreams and trust yourself.
I've been asked this question before, and my answer always sounds so cheesy, but if you have a goal of how you see yourself, what you see yourself doing in the future, you have to try to make it happen. If you don't, honestly, what's the point of life? If you look up to people who are living the dream - doing exactly what they want, having a great life, why not make that happen for yourself?
There's nothing that says you can't have that as well. They probably started out exactly as you did in the beginning - doubting themselves and thinking it'll never happen, but it totally can. You just have to make it happen, work really hard, make good connections, be nice. Be nice, please.
Never set yourself short of your dreams. We've all been in that place where our dreams seem so far off and so surreal. You never know. Things can happen. Work incredibly hard. Never lose sight of the bigger picture. I always stress about networking, but never be afraid to reach out to people. See what their experience was like.
I would say you have to be obsessed with the industry and in your field, as well as in love with it, dead passionate, super-hard working, and extremely dedicated if you want to be in it and stay in it. This industry is a lifestyle not a job. It's a big family. You work so many labor- hard hours together. Literally at the end of set I hug the lighting people because you just get to know everybody. You basically created from nothing, something so amazing. Just together, from scratch, you brought that image to life, that story, that dress. I think if you want to be in it you have to love the people, love the art, and love what you're creating.
I would say go with your gut because that was a huge part of my decision for making the leap from Louis Vuitton to Brother Vellies. Also, just do research. A lot of research. That's where I found my success with Indego is because I didn't just say, I want to work in ethical fashion and then go to the first company that I found. I think doing research and finding a company that truly aligns with your goals and what you want to see or work within is really important.
I can say that hard work and resourcefulness go a long way. Contact those you admire, ask questions, put yourself out there. Learn everything you can! That’s key.
Keep pushing for it even if it seems impossible. Make a list of the places you’d like to work and make it happen, you’re the only one that can.
Do it if you love it. Don't do it because you think there's going to be perks. Most likely there aren't. I think you should do what really calls to you and be open to change. If you start doing design and suddenly you get drawn into fine art and you would have never found it had you done anything else, that's the world's way of telling you that's where you should be. I think it's listening to what your true desires are and what you want for yourself and less about what you're trying to portray to please other people.
Email me. Email people. Email someone who does what you do. Take them out to coffee. Learn from them. My path will not be anyone else's path as my path was not any of my editors’ paths. Every time you talk to someone, it is a chance to impress that person. What's more important than you learning from me is that next time I need to hire someone I think of you. That's really what you're getting out of those coffees.
I think the best advice I could give you is just to work hard, never give up, and never lose sight of who you truly are. Stick to what you love but then work your butt off. Work hard at your internships, at your job, at whatever, especially your first couple internships. I feel like those are the most important; going into your internship with an open mind, working extremely hard, and then building amazing relationships with your bosses. I think that's what ultimately helped me out and made me who I am. I think everyone has a different path. Somebody might get there on the high road. Some of them might get there on the side-ways road. I don't want to say low road, because that sounds negative. Everyone's going to get there differently and everyone's going to be their own person. Right now, I feel like a lot of people say "I want to be the next- this person," or "I want to be the next- that person," but yeah, you can find inspiration in them, but always be yourself.
Yeah that’s why I originally fell in love with this industry. I feel like most industries make you form to some type of mold, where this industry won't accept you do.
Exactly. The whole point of this industry, and even now with Instagram too, and with blogging, and with websites, it's what makes you different? There's a million Blonde Salads, there's a million Song of Styles, and the originals are amazing. I love Chiara. I love Aimee. I think they're incredible, but you can't just create a blog and think, "I'm just going to copy her style," or "I'm just going to dress like her". What makes you different? What makes someone want to look at your profile as opposed to just looking at Chiara’s, why? That's what you need to think about and that's the fun part of this industry is finding what makes you different, because you have to survive and to move forward and to move ahead. You have to think, why me? Why am I different
My advice would be, don’t be afraid of being very self-directed and hustling, but also know that just because your friend has a big break when you're a sophomore in college doesn't mean that you missed the boat. I think there are a lot of advantages to feeling like you're still forming as a student or an artist, or creative, or a writer when you're in college, and not feeling like that's the moment when you're supposed to make it big and score your first feature. I think being confident and taking the time to develop rather than jumping into it when you're not ready is really formative. Work makes work, and the more you produce and refine, the more likely it will be that other people will start to notice and want to collaborate. You don’t have to wait for someone to give you permission.
Just stay true to yourself and if you want something go after it.
There are so many people who want to work in this industry and it’s not going to be handed to you. If you know what you’re doing, go after it. Opportunities, take them. Learn as much as you can continuously because ultimately it makes you a more well rounded and better candidate.
Also don’t be scared of failure. I learned that when I move to New York. Before I was really scared and I was really scared of failure and I was like I don’t know what if this happens, blah, blah, blah. Then I’m like you know what? Even if I do, it will be fine.
Yeah, I guess another thing I would say is I think keep in touch with the people that you meet here. I think that people who you actually click with, and vibe with you should definitely keep in touch with them. Make it a point to have a relationship with them because it’s so easy just to be like “oh it’s been six months, and I haven’t seen so and so.” Keeping up with your contacts and connections here is major. You never know when you will need them!
Work really hard. Don't take anything personal. Keep emailing. Just work your ass off. There's so many times I could have been at a party or been just being irresponsible and acting my age and not caring about what I was doing for work or not caring about what my career path was leading towards, but at the end of the day I always cared and I always made sure that I got to exactly where I needed to be. I think what’s super important is to give a shit. You have to really, really give a shit. So many times I've seen people just lose interest or not understand why they have to pick up fifty garment bags but we have all those garment bags so we can create this fantasy world that you see and some other person sees somewhere around the world and it inspires them and helps them move on to the next day. It helps them feel like there's something more to live for. It sounds really dramatic, but it's true. Some people see these magazines, not just ours, other magazines and it gives them something to dream of and work towards. I think when you have the chance to be a part of something like this, you need to really, really show that you want it and that you're hungry for it and do it in a way that's not cutting and not aggressive to your peers because that’s horrible. I don't think anyone should ever be mean to anybody in this industry. I think not working with nice people is such a bad way of living and I'm lucky enough to say that I work with all really, really great and nice people.
Just be nice to your peers. Be nice to all your interns. Be nice to the people you work with because in 5 years they’re going to remember that you didn’t help them load all of the cards because you didn’t like them personally. They’re going to remember that when you’re requesting looks for a shoot and they’re going to say Nope. Sorry. The looks aren't available." So I just think be nice to people and work hard and be patient and just don't give up.
Wow. I feel like I'm doing an Oscar speech right now.
I think just work hard and don't complain. If opportunities arise, take them. Don't think about it. I worked at the art gallery the first year and a half for free. I didn't get paid, but I just wanted to work there. I feel like, for me, I've always been really humble and just hardworking and nice. Then you'll get there.