I have been on quite the journey the last few years starting my business in the fashion industry. I have learned many things and met some amazing people, and boy do I have stories to tell. I have always wanted to write a book of my adventures in this industry and share the important keys to success I have learned and am still learning. But I have realized that I don’t want to wait years from now to start sharing important information for young designers. If someone had told me just half of the things I have learned on my own in this journey, I might’ve been able to avoid some mistakes that I had to learn the hard way. Now, I am talking to you young designers, we are the next generation, and we have massive shoes to fill. Our generation doesn’t have the best reputation for icons that will last years and years to come. The designer icons today are some of the best of all time, they will push up everyday of this fashion life to create something that can be on the same level as them. Now, I am not bashing our generation, there are so many people that are incredibly talented but some never get their chance for whatever reason. I am not here to hand out wishes but I am here to share my experiences and give you as much information and encouragement I can to help those of you who want to go down this path. Through my never boring journey in the fashion industry, I have been asked this question most, "Are you ready for this?” Great question. Is anybody ever ready to dive head first into a journey only a few have taken? I can honestly say no one can ever really be ready, there is never the “right time” to start, it is just something you have to literally dive into. Some people know right away that they want to be an entrepreneur and have their own line, and others don’t realize what they want till later. This doesn’t mean that one way is right and one is wrong. We are designers, we are not meant to fit into a mold. We are all meant to have a different journey, even if it is on the same path. I knew from a young age I wanted to be my own boss and I knew it would be difficult, but I didn’t know how difficult it really was. I will not lie this is probably the most difficult industry there is and it is even more difficult getting your break into it. It is, however, not impossible. The first thing you must do is realize is that if you do decide this is what you want to do, it will be hard; you will cry, you will feel like no one believes in you and you will feel as though you never make it. Second, you must overcome all that I just listed, the moment you start losing faith in yourself is the day you will stop moving forward. The key to being your own boss is being the boss of yourself; this does sound redundant but think about what a boss does. A boss tells you what to do, lift you up when you need the encouragement and they believe in their company. I will touch more on this on another blog, but for now know that it takes a strong person to be the boss of themself. My intent is not to scare you away from the challenge but I honestly felt that there was some sugar coating to just how brutal this industry can be when I first started. For the past few years I have definitely gotten my nose bloody, but I must say it is entirely worth it. The knowledge I have now I could have never learned in a classroom, it really is a gift of knowing. Those of us who do what it takes to earn the respect of those in this beautiful industry will have many doors open for them. It will be like dominos; you just have to get that first one moving. I have finally broken through the first barriers and I have built myself a team to help me be the designer I want to be. Through the series of this blog I will cover everything from fabric sourcing to how to date as an entrepreneur. I look forward to sharing with you and I hope you enjoy!