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A lot has happened since the beginning of the year—sure, I had my heart broken in 2012.  But in 2013 I passed all my classes for this previous semester (not that I’ve failed a class, but I think I should be happy about passing my classes all the same) modeled for runway and print, had my designs displayed in a magazine, gained two internships, partnered up with very talented individuals to blog, be credited for doing make-up and styling for photo shoot and go to San Diego Comic Con in a cosplay that I (mostly) made—and got great reviews on the costume.

During this summer break I had a lot to think about—specifically my next steps to take to continue striving in this local fashion industry we have in Sacramento.  And while reflecting, I have had some great local artists introduced to me this year in my Fashion Retail course to think about as I mapped out the rest of the year with projects and goals that I want to accomplish.

Designer Victor Louis has experience in both retail and design.  Louis knows how to construct glamorous and breath-taking designs that can be viewed in his portfolio.  He is a charming individual who also knows how to take his work seriously and be one of the few driven and goal-orientated people I have had the pleasure to view a lecture from.  Needless to say, I am excited to see more of his work—I was a bit disheartened that I missed his showcase at Sacramento Fashion Week but I do hope to see a collection from him in the near future at a fashion show.

Carolyn Hearn also sparked some inspiration as I pondered about the future—she is also an artist who is driven by her wants, her talents and her knowledge of business.  Hayes owns her own jewelry business, and her pieces are really astounding and she really spoke to me by putting herself out to the public as a designer—to which you are part artist and part business person and should understand both elements to the fullest if you want to make it in the fashion industry.  I always have believed this and used this as a sort of ‘creed’ throughout my journey of fashion.

Karisa Gold gave me a lot of insight to think upon—moving to New York, internships, networking, etc.  But if one thing resonated with me from her lecture, it was that she never let anyone push her around.  Not only was she a creative designer, Gold believed that everyone deserves respect.  If someone is taking advantage of you, then separate yourself from them.  If someone treats you like dirt, you have the ability to find new positive people who will value you.  Gold taught me that even if you’re just breaking into the fashion industry, people should still respect you and bring light into your life and support you in your aspirations—all others should be pushed to the side and proven wrong.

In the end, I learned three lessons everyone (especially artists) should learn: dream big, know how to run your own business, and to never let anyone step all over you.