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Myth Four: I cannot draw or sew. Reality: Nobody can at beginning. Strong motivation and perseverance are more important than how well you can draw or sew. Such skills can be learned easily (including using some free resources).
Myth Five: I don't feel comfortable working in a high-profile industry. Reality: Well, this glamorous image is no more than most over-rated trait of fashion industry. This image is created by media with help of fashion publicists and marketers to boost sales. Thus, purpose is pure business. The better coverage, better sales will be. Fashion designers work very hard for 18 to 24 months to deliver best designs of season.
Now you're ready to plunge into this often-misunderstood field, here are some tips:
First, a fashion designer is an artist and an entrepreneur in one. Why? Because if you design in name of art without considering marketability, it's very likely you won't be successful. Many designers fail because of this.
Second, you can choose your design specializations from a long list of classifications. Trivial items, such as beach and leg wears, are highly profitable products and relatively easy to produce compared with haute couture pieces.
Third, understand what your career goal is. You can choose whether you want to work for others or for yourself. Whichever one your choice is, apprenticeship is always a great option for new designers.
Fourth, keep up with industry trends and news. Travel and read a lot to be informed and inspired. New insights will keep your creative skills fresh and ready to roll.
Fifth, persevere. Perseverance is most important virtue of all because without it, nothing can be completed. Perseverance is your ticket to peak of your career.
Jennie S. Bev is the editor-in-chief of StyleCareer.com, a publisher of fashion-related career guidebooks. She has published over 800 articles, ten books and been featured in Entrepreneur, San Franciso Chronicle and The Independent. She can also be found at JennieSBev.com