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Unlocking Career Paths: Navigating the Creative and Fashion Industry

Working in the creative industry is one of the most rewarding things that life has to offer; allowing yourself to be vulnerable and use your imagination day in and day out to make a living is so fulfilling. While there are many people out there searching for this fulfillment in their career, they may not know where to start. There are so many avenues one can take to break into the creative industry, but to make your potential career switch less intimidating, we’re going to divulge everything you need to know about working in this industry.

Explore Different Career Options

There’s a plethora of jobs within in the creative industry and figuring out which sub section of this field appeals to you the most is the first step. Between designers and creative directors to stylists and social media marketers, there are so many options to choose from. The creative industry thrives on everyone’s unique skill sets and perspectives, so you can easily tailor a job within this industry to fit your needs.

The Power of Networking

Networking is the center of the universe in the creative industry and everything else orbits around it. Attending industry events and connecting with like-minded individuals will allow you to cultivate meaningful relationships and potentially open doors to new opportunities. Whether you’re using Instagram, LinkedIn, or attending workshops, putting yourself out there is crucial within this industry. If you’re looking to dip your toe into the networking world in the DMV area, attend one of our “Called to Connect” networking events!

Finding Internships or Shadowing Opportunities

Many people looking to break into the creative industry are unaware about the numerous internships and shadowing opportunities out there. Both of these options provide hands-on experience and a way to learn the ins-and-outs of the industry, in addition to giving you a chance to network and establish connections. If you’re a student looking for an immersive experience to collaborate with other creatives, sign up for our Student Membership; upon approval for this membership, you’ll be given the opportunity to come on set with us, attend workshops, and gain exclusive access to studio events.

Create a Diverse Portfolio

While you need a resume to work in any industry, in the creative industry, you also need a portfolio. Your portfolio will be the meat and potatoes of showcasing your work, skill set, and creativity. Whether it’s a collection of designs, your best photography work, or different social media campaigns you assisted with, highlight your unique abilities and talent in your portfolio. Another great way to obtain work for your portfolio is through an internship!

Adapting to the Digital Era

As much as you might not want to believe it, social media is the crux of the creative industry. Whether you’re looking to work as a social media manager or market yourself as a freelance stylist or hair and makeup artist, being well versed in social media is expected in this industry. Embracing technology and its role in fashion and creativity will benefit you in the long run; in this competitive industry, staying on top of digital trends and tools will allow you to keep up with your peers.

Persistence and Resilience

Rejection is never a great feeling, but it’s an inevitable part of this industry. Embrace rejection as a chance to grow and learn from your mistakes or interactions with other creatives. Allowing your self to persist and be resilient will make rejection something that can easily roll off of your back and move on to the next thing. Each setback is an opportunity to refine your skills and approach!

Always Stay on Your Toes

The creative industry is always evolving, so embrace the fact that you will be a lifelong student when you’re working as a creative. Knowledge is power and attending workshops, taking a course or two about fashion and creativity, and seeking out mentors will put you in a position of attaining knowledge. Remaining up-to-date with current industry trends and harnessing your artistry is crucial to long term success.

You Can Do This

Finding a job in the creative industry requires passion, perseverance, and strategy. Your talent, determination, and unique perspective will help to open doors for you and lead you on a path to success!


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