Five key steps to making it in the fashion and beauty industry
It’s no secret that the Fashion and Beauty industry can appear as impossible to reach when you’re dreaming of a creative career. But, help is at hand. The #MAGMasterclass is our series of monthly events designed to help you explore your skills with the help of some industry pros. At the September Masterclass, we were joined by Fisayo Longe (founder of KAI collective) and Timi Dorgu (UK brand manager of Oribe) who shared their industry perspective. Check it.
- Be passionate about what you do
Timi says: ‘Be creative in your thinking, come up to solutions to problems (even before they become problems!) and desire to go above and beyond. I would encourage you to be ‘value adders’, look to add value to whatever business you’re working with and do what you can to add that bit extra.’
- Be yourself
Fisayo says: ‘Be true to yourself. I find a lot of people blog but my favourite blogs do things a different way from others. For me, i’ve always wanted to do what i’ve wanted to do and when i’m offered collaborations, if it’s not for me then I won’t take it. I’ve stayed true to myself and my personality and from doing that, I have seen how my readers have responded and they are very interactive. Never feel the pressure to do things you don’t want to do.’
- Have a back up
Timi says: ‘I would say that you always need to have a back up. I’m a little bit risky but I would have to be extremely confident in something to go all in and quit my job as it were. Use your time outside of your 9-5 to build something new and set something up that can hopefully take over.’
- Create a social strategy
Fisayo says: ‘I started scheduling social posts on the weekend – Instagram isn’t random! There’s a method behind the madness and you can begin to see what people respond to. Structure your content. There’s a great website called ‘Iconosquare’ where you can find the best times to post pictures, where your followers are from and things like that.’
- Help others
Fisayo says: ‘When working with others, always think ‘how can I improve this person’s journey?’ rather than ‘what can I get from them?’. That’s been the biggest thing for me. The people who have really left an impression are the people who have wanted to connect with me and because of how that made me feel, I’ve realised how important it is to build relationships’.
Feeling inspired? All that’s left to do now is to work hard and dream big. For more monthly inspiration, join us for our next #MAGMasterclass. Details, this way.