Getting Started in the Fashion Industry – words Alexa Wang
There are many young individuals who dream of becoming a part of the fashion industry and leaving their mark on it, but these dreams slowly fade away when they are faced by the competitive nature and intimidating reality of the fashion industry. Many others who dream of being in the fashion industry never manage to do so because they feel overwhelmed. But you don’t have to fall into this category. There are many steps that you can take to help you get into this industry. However, the step that will help you the most is treating this industry like any other job you want to get into.
Treat the fashion industry like any other business; meaning if you want to get in, then you should start small by looking for an internship. An internship is vital when you want to grow in a certain field; no one is going to hire you in a higher position if you don’t have enough experience first. An internship will help you make your way into the fashion industry; it doesn’t have to be in some big, famous company; it could be a startup company or an unknown one, regardless of how famous it is or not, you will still be gaining experience and that’s what matters.
Choose a career path
The fashion industry is very broad. There are many fashion devotees who are active within the industry, but not all of them practice the same thing. Which is why you should know what you want your career path to be like in the industry so that you can start moving towards it.
Contribution in the fashion industry is key, even if you are still an intern or a trainee. Voice your ideas, look for fresh ones, and find concepts that haven’t been done before and suggest them, maybe this will be the gateway to your promotion. It can something as simple as suggesting wholesale tote bags; you’d be surprised by the variety and the amount of creativity that goes into this market, not to mention how much of a positive effect they have on the environment, and it’s always a plus when contributing to fashion to be able to tap into a greater cause.
Having a strong presence online is also key in the fashion industry; there are many fashion bloggers who made their way into the industry by creating a page or a website for them, where they pair clothes together or give fashion tips and tricks. You can create a blog or an Instagram page for yourself as a side job for you; you can hone the skills that you have learned in your internship online, maybe this way will be your gateway to reaching a high position and practicing what you love in what seemed to be an intimidating career.
Getting started in the fashion industry should not intimidate you or make you doubt your own skills, if you were always interested in fashion or have a love for it then only this should be enough to get you into the industry. Your passion will drive you to find an internship or any other way to help you pierce into the industry and make your way through in any way possible. Target the career that you want and start seeking it, voice your ideas, and make sure to have a strong online presence.