Sir John‘s Industry Insiders’ club panel “The Business of Beauty and Fashion” was the perfect way to send off NYFW. The genius behind the face of Queen Bey and many others moderated the panel as top fashion editors and beauty mavens dove head on into what exactly it takes to make it in the digital realm of beauty and fashion.
The panel featured celeb hairstylist Jen Atkin, FashionBombDaily editor-in-chief Claire Sulmers, celeb makeup artist Troy Surratt and fashion designer Michael Costello. The three-hour panel focused on the ins and outs of the industry and welcomed audience questions. Here are some of the lessons I learned to thrive within the beauty and fashion industries.
- No one can promote you like yourself. Many people have their pros and cons when it comes to social media. But in this day and age, social media can take your career to the next level. Don’t wait for an agency or your publication to promote you. Instead, hit the ground running and making a name for yourself. If you need any more inspiration just look at FashionBombDaily editor-in-chief Claire Sulmers for inspiration.
- If you follow your passion, the money will follow. Fashion genius Michael Costello opened up my eyes as he discussed how he worked three jobs while chasing his dream of being a designer. Although the road to our dreams can be a little bumpy because the money is not there, it is so important to work at your dreams even after you get home from your day/night job.
- Respect your personal/business life balance on social media. There is no denying the power of social media and the desire to share your successes. The key, however, to being respected in the industry is knowing what to disclose and what to keep private. Sir John spoke eloquently about this fact stating that this business is very cutthroat and you can be in one day and out the next. Respect your craft and, most importantly, respect yourself enough and hold yourself at a high standard.
- Loyalty is everything. Working in this industry allows us access to sensitive information. When you work for an employer — be it a magazine, designer or makeup artist — your loyalty is one of the things that will make or break your future in the industry. It’s not wise to leak information via social media and other outlets because of the want and need for fanfare. Not only does that make you look bad, it also reflects badly on your employer. Be smart. The industry is smart and word travels very fast.
- Healthy competition is encouraged. There is no need for hate. There is enough room for all of us to grow and thrive within the fashion and beauty industry. Sometimes we may get a little down because we haven’t gotten the opportunity we wanted or one of our peers got chosen instead of us. Use these experiences to challenge yourself and make yourself better in the industry as opposed of being salty about it. When you put in the work, time and dedication, nothing is out of your reach.