Welcome back to my blog, Simply by Kate! Today, I am sharing with you some amazing advice I received from Joyce Azria in my first edition of The Sunday Diaries. The Sunday Diaries is a series inspired by grabbing a coffee and chatting with a girlfriend. You can enjoy a light-hearted read every Sunday morning as you are sipping coffee or tea along with enjoying breakfast (my favorite meal).
I recently visited Los Angeles to explore the fashion industry on the West Coast with a small group from Kent State University, which if you don’t know is where I go to school for fashion merchandising. I love the idea of living in Los Angeles with a balance of city and outdoor activities, but I never really knew what careers in fashion I could find there. Typically when thinking of fashion careers, cities like New York, London, Paris, and Milan come to mind, not Los Angeles. Although, the City of Angels is starting to become a major fashion hub with major fashion houses moving to Los Angeles.
While exploring fashion in Los Angeles, my Kent State University group stopped at Avec Les Filles, a company recently launched by Joyce Azria. We sat down with her and her team for a brief Q&A session, where she answered questions we had for making it the fashion industry. Her advice really resonated with me and inspired me. I felt her words of wisdom were worth sharing with you, so here is Joyce Azria’s 4 Tips on How to Make It in the Fashion Industry.
1. Work Hard and Be Humble
Joyce said no matter where you are in the industry you must work hard, but at the same time be modest about your work. Even if you are editor-in-chief of American Vogue, that doesn’t make you faultless and you must put in time and effort to be successful.
2. Know the Ins and Outs of the Industry
Regardless of what industry you are going into, it is important to know as much about it as you can. So for fashion, knowing resort comes before spring or who is Karl Lagerfeld. I think having too much knowledge about something is better than not having enough. With all of the industry professionals we met in Los Angeles the biggest thing I took away was to keep learning. They all said know the ins and outs of the industry, basically know everyone and everything.
3. Take the Opportunities That Come Your Way
Joyce said that it doesn’t matter what opportunity comes your way, if you are presented with one you should take it. This was in response to our questions about internships, but can be applied to many areas of life. Even if you may be unsure about an opportunity, that one instance could change your life.
4. Be Confident and Trust Yourself
By far my favorite piece of advice from Joyce, while not original, is sometimes the one we need to hear the most. Trust yourself, your instincts, and your heart. You know yourself more than anyone else so if something feels right then follow your gut. I think confidence is a hard characteristic to possess, because it’s forgetting all your insecurities, loving yourself, and rocking it. College builds my confidence daily through each new experience. Everyday, I continue to trust myself and follow my instincts which only further increases my confidence.
I hope you can take these words of wisdom and apply them to your own life. I loved hearing Joyce’s advice, but do you have any advice for someone trying to break into an industry or just any life advice? Leave a comment below!