After the discovery of LoveXStyleXLife by Garance Dorѐ, my perspective on the idea of making it in the fashion industry has completely changed. It has opened my eye to the power of blogging and the internet. Promotion and contacts are everything! If you don’t know anyone in the industry that you are in, then you’d better start making some. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. It’s the trick to the trade.
Also, below are the 10 steps to living your dream by the one and only Garance Dorѐ.
Start Where You Are.
Work with what you have. Create with what you have got and let it grow from there. Dorѐ explains that she knew nothing of the world growing up on an island, Corsica, and where you would either farm or own a practical shop and if it weren’t for the books and magazines that she was reading she would never had extended her horizons to what the world had to offer. However, the way that the world was changing so drastically from what Dorѐ was reading led her to doubt whether she would ever become a part of it.
Get Lost And Find Yourself.
‘Losing yourself only takes a second, but finding your way back can take years.’ Lose yourself, experience things that you wouldn’t normally. Throw yourself into situation that allows you to take a risk and allow this to be a life lesson to then in turn find yourself in the end.
Follow the Signs.
‘I saw you yesterday at the museum – nice boots. Would you be interested in working with at the museum’s cinema?’ The signs are everywhere, you just have to put them out there in the right way. Dorѐ bought the new pair of boots, afterwards she was completely broke, for an interview with the museum’s director, however it wasn’t the director that made the comment. It was someone that work for the museum that saw her on the way in. It is crazy how small details can lead to big opportunities.
‘I had to accept that an artist’s life wouldn’t be comfortable, but I suddenly realized that at his rate I would end up under a bridge, exactly as my mother had predicted.’ Finally, Dorѐ had the career that she had always dreamed of however, after her first commission in a local magazine, she did the maths and worked out that the work she was doing was never going to earn her enough in the time that she need to be in a comfortable situation. She risked it, she failed, but she didn’t give up.
Use What You’ve Got.
‘One of my friends, Sarah, gave me the name Garance. Garance Dorѐ. This is how my story began. A computer, a name, and a dream.’
Use your family and friends. Take what you can get and work with that.
Fall In Love.
‘People were encouraging me. I had fans! Unknown people from unknown places would visit the blog every day to tell me they loved my stories and my illustrations. To this day, it’s still the thing that bring me the most joy.’
It’s firsts in life that you remember most. The first comment, the first blog post, the first time you fell in love, the first time you experienced heart break, the first time you experienced loss, the first time you succeed and the first time you fail. But love all the first whether they are good, bad or otherwise. They are all steps toward the end goal.
Seize The Moment.
‘I didn’t know it at the time, but I had created something completely new.’
Dorѐ was booked for interview, but not wanted to attend because of the fact that she may had been scrutinised due to the fact that she didn’t live in New York or Paris. Seizing the moment takes time for some. However, once you do it can lead to the most incredible things!
Question Your Beliefs.
‘For a long time I believed that I shouldn’t ask for too much. That it was shameful to be ambitious.’
Sometimes beliefs can change due to that fact that it doesn’t allow you to take forward how far you want to get in life. It can restrict you from ultimately not making in the industry.
Make Your Own Rules.
‘I had learned how to learn as well. To make something from nothing. To ask questions, to surround myself with good people and believe in my instincts.’
When you have to power, you can make the rules. When you learn to learn what others like and want, you can start to create ideas around that. Which is why you should always ask questions. You will never know if you don’t ask.
You Have To Create Your Own Definition Of Success.
So if you don’t already have Garance Dorѐ’s book LoveXStyleXLife, I suggest you get yourself a copy here --> http://www.lovestylelife.com/
Also while you are there, you should really check out her blog!
It is honestly a work of art.
Thanks a million!
Happy Blogging! x