Hi Annas, so I thought that my final post should maybe tell you a little bit more about me and what I’ve learned so far, so I leave you with this.
I have to admit, being drawn to such a competitive field has changed my perspective on life and sometimes made me question my sanity.
Standing here, 17 days from graduation, I don’t know what is going to happen to me, but I do know that I have had some of the most incredible experiences through my internships and no matter what comes next, I have learned so much about who I am and what I want from life.
But I should warn you, if this is what you want to do, you might not be able to go out on Thursday nights, only intern once or feel secure entering the job market. Your friends will probably give you a hard time because “you’re always tired” and your mom might ask you on more than one occasion if you’re really sure that you want to do this forever.
But if you really are sure that you want to do this forever, none of that will matter. I have worked with some of the strongest and most determined people I have ever met and learned so much from each and every one of them. In order to be in this industry, you have to want to succeed so badly that it is actually slightly abnormal. But you will be surrounded by people who are just like you, and the things you create will be all the more incredible for it.
I have sat witness to the work of extraordinary modern artists in the form of photographers, art directors, designers, editors and stylists. They create the art that we wear, every single day of our lives. They see clothing as more than function and make it beautiful and interesting, transcending utility and becoming art.
This industry, called frivolous and shallow by many, supports countless people all over the world. From seamstresses to retail workers to factory workers to the the businessmen that trade their shares, fashion is a powerhouse that affects all of us in one way or another, no matter how vehemently we may try to deny it.
But it is a small industry in many ways, one that is very close-knit. You will encounter the same people over and over again, so never disregard anyone, whether they are your boss, your co-worker, or someone beneath you. Life changes fast.
Work hard and never complain. Understand that being the intern who has to run across New York City carrying five garment bags is only a step in your journey, but every step is important.
Pause once in a while to recognize the fact that despite your very unglamorous hours, you are in fact very lucky. After all, “million girls would kill for this job.” Don’t take it for granted.
Most of all, keep calm. Love what you do, and stop doing it if it stops making you happy. If you don’t love it or you lose your love for it, find something else that makes you happy.
But if it does make you happy, like fashion editorial does for me, do it with all your heart and don’t ever let it go.