Last weekend I attended Teen Vogue Fashion U in New York, which was amazing. I got to listen to Michael Kors speak and met a makeup artist from makeup forever, met Peter Som and Chris Benz, and Emily from Intothegloss.com. I learned a lot about the fashion industry and would recommend Teen Vogue Fashion U for everyone interested in pursuing a career in fashion. For those of you who couldn’t make it, I thought I would share my top 10 things that I learned from FashionU (in no particular order of course)!
1) There are many paths to any job in the fashion industry. You don’t have to go to fashion school or know people in the industry. All of the editors and designers came from different backgrounds but they are all extremely hard workers.
2) For Bloggers: Find your unique voice! Original content is key, according to bloggers from thecoveteur.com and intothegloss.com. With thousands of blogs out there, you have to think about what makes yours stand out.
3) I is for internships! Almost everyone in the industry did multiple internships before setting out on their own. They are a great way to learn about the industry and get your foot in the door.
4) Be persistent. You have to go after what you want. Don’t just try calling one company for an internship. Keep trying until you get an offer.
5) Come to New York City! The city is the center for all things related to the fashion and beauty industry. Most magazines are based here and New York Fashion week is here as well.
6) How to do a cat eye (from Makeupforever artist). Simply take liquid or gel liner and first create the wing at the end. Then extend the wing towards the lash line and continue the line. Go back and fill it all in.
7) If you want to be a makeup artist, practice, practice, practice! Keep practicing on different people to improve your skills. Surround yourself with creative people that push you to get even better.
8) The #1 job for young adults from our generation: Social Media
Almost every magazine and company has a head of social media. They want young adults because they have more experience with facebook and twitter. It’s a great opportunity for someone starting out.
9) Keep an inspiration folder. Tear out ads and photographs from magazines and keep them in a folder. Notice which photographers and stylists whose work you like.
10) Above all: Be humble and willing to learn. You will have to work your way up in fashion. Everyone has to start out getting coffee and picking up packages but you have to be humble enough to do everything that is asked of you.
Hope you guys enjoyed this post. Let me know if you’re interested in Teen Vogue Fashion U!