You know that saying, "it takes money to make money"? Well, what if you don't have that money in the first place? I have a plan for my future career as a designer and I am feeling as though I need to be a conjurer of sorts. For me to get this dream off the ground I need to take a pinch of talent, a smidge of sticktoitiveness, and a WHOLE lot of desire! Starting this site and blog was the first step; opening an online store is up next, of course I will need to create at least 10-15 designs to initially stock that store. After selling said designs that money will be used to start a small run production of 3-4 designs which can be produced by a local company for about $20k. I can then either sell those designs on my site or head off to a resort trade show and drum up interest through retail stores. WHEW! Sometimes it all sounds so daunting and then other times it seems so easily within reach.
Deciding if I should do custom designs while I try and start this business. This was my first go at it and to tell you the truth it was super stressful! It wasn't my client who needed a bridesmaid dress, she was really great throughout this process, it was more about my being able to provide a quality garment that she loved. I wanted it to be perfect for her. And that stressed me out. But now that I have almost finished ( just going to add a chiffon under layer that peeks out) and it actually looks good I think I could tackle more. I have learned a lot about fitting a real body after years of working on my dress form then my stick figure daughter ; -) and I should probably just keep on building my skills even if it causes anxiety after all, I must continue to grow as a designer.
I've been thinking about this process of creating something from nothing through the lens of my daughter who's on a journey also trying to create a future but hers is college and career. As we navigate her time of college essays, applications and dreams, (along with frustrations, raised voices, and teenage recalcitrance) I am reminded that for however unsure and scared I am of this next step in my life, she must be feeling that plus so much more. After all I have been through many challenges and hardships in my life that I can use as a reference as to how to handle this unknown where she, on the other hand has no past experience to lean on to bolster her confidence in her choices and decision making. I feel for her but as I try and coach her through this time I too must take those ideas and strategies to heart. Planning and organization is SOOO important and not something that I have been all that good at. We both need to stay focused and not get distracted by the bumps and hurdles that life can throw in the way i.e. this blog post which is over two weeks overdue! My goal was to post once a week but some "things" came up and I let it slide. EXCUSES! EXCUSES! Well I'm doing it now as I have to get back on track if I want to achieve my dream. Is it really that simple? I guess the process itself isn't difficult it's been more that I have given in to my humanity. It is so easy to give in to the negative that keeps us from what we desire. But I am going to keep pushing forward step by step and get to where I want to be. Yes, I still have my doubts but I will just totally ignore them and do it anyway!
Putting it all out there,
This is where I'm heading for next year's collection. Will see how it goes. Lovin' the process...
Fuschia and red with a red mesh panel on the front
5 foot 5' 3/4" (although I am now probably 5'5") 2 dependents (does a dog count?) Hair color does tend to change regularly (curse of being a hairstylist) Aspirations of global recognition as a superstar fashion designer (this better happen darn quick as I am aging quite noticeably as each post is uploaded)