HOW TO BREAK INTO THE FASHION INDUSTRY WITH NO EXPERIENCE
The big names such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Calvin Klein paint a picture of fashion heaven, and which fashionista wouldn’t want to work here? But working in the fashion industry isn’t easy. The fashion world is highly competitive, and if you’re going to end up working for the big names, you have to give it your best all the time. However, having no experience in fashion whatsoever can be daunting. If you’re asking yourself ‘where do I start’ then you’ve come to the right place because we’re going to tell you how to break into the fashion industry with no experience.
Get the right set of skills and qualifications
It’s extremely important that you have the skills needed for the work you want to do. When someone thinks about fashion, they think about fashion design, but that’s not all that fashion is. The world of fashion consists of fashion photography, fashion marketing, fashion management, and so much more. Before trying to start in the industry, make sure you’ve chosen the niche for you and that you have both the skill set and the qualifications to excel in it.
Social media! Social media! And maybe a blog
In today’s world, there is no doubt that social media is essential. Talent agents and headhunters use social talent to scout people all the time, especially for the creative arts. So make an account on every different social media platform and share your work on it! Whether it’s your designs, your photos, or your writings. You could also start a blog to showcase your work. Its free of cost, and is more professional than your social media accounts. Social media accounts and blogs can also be used to keep tabs on your favorite fashion companies and the work they’re doing. Work hard to build an excellent social media profile with a good following, and you never know who might notice you!
Become an intern
The experience and advantage an internship gives you, for breaking into an industry, is unmatched. Internships provide the foundation that you need to break into an industry, not to mention that they also establish some credibility to your skills and your work ethic. Try to look on the internet for various internships in the fashion industry. Try searching for internships in relatively small fashion companies, or local fashion companies, as you have more of a chance of obtaining those internships.
The most important thing to remember, though, is to take your time. When you’re trying to break into a competitive industry, you’re not going to make progress overnight. It takes consistent effort and hard work, and even then, it could take a while. But the hardest step to take is always the first one! Once you take that step, don’t look back and keep going.