Are you a lover of fashion? Has your dream always been to be in the fashion industry? Stop right there, consider the below points first!
1. Your love of fashion – the first stop before you start on a reckless journey into the realm of fashion is one that involves questioning your ideals and perseverance. Many people introduce many fields and disciplines of the world as hard and unrelenting – and we are not going to deny them here. But what you need to know is that the many aspirants of the world of fashion are often little, happy girls that dream of a rainbow-coloured world. The thing is, such idyllic ideals cannot survive in the world of fashion – it is brutal, in a way. Usually, a simple fashion design course is never going to land you a dream job right off the bat. As such, you seriously need to consider whether you are up for the challenge: can your heart last till you reach the top?
2. Talent? – the next question you need to consider can be heart-breaking, but it is best to break your heart by yourself and early on – rather than someone else shattering your dreams when you have already spent half of your life in fashion designing. Honestly ask yourself whether you have the talent: passion alone cannot make the cut for the dynamic world of fashion. Talent is a must, and through courses and schooling, you can only hope to sharpen your tools and do the tune-fining of your talent – you cannot cultivate talent from scratch. If you think you lack the talent to battle with fashion giants, then you might want to consider another career.
3. Research – if you have come this far, it means you are definitely and truly in love with fashion. Very well! The next stop is to start on your road to fashion designing in its earnest: it is time to research on fashion schools you can attend. Look into their programs and degrees, reputation, school fees. Do not be quick to decide on shallow criteria; take time and properly find a school suited to your needs. Once you have found your ideal school (as well as a couple of second choices in case you cannot get accepted into your preferred school), it is time to start getting your finances ready. Maybe your parents will finance your tuition; otherwise, you will have to look into possible part-time jobs.
4. Back-up – and lastly, back-up plans. By these, we are not referring to your second or third choices – but to an entire different course in case you cannot make it through in the realm of fashion. As sad as it might be, this is an important step for any girl who tries to make it into this competitive world.