How to Keep Growing
"Do it. Go for it. Don't take no for answer. Always have a smile on your face, because when you smile the world smiles back. If you know you're in a situation where nobody really wants to be there, but you've got good energy and you're positive, people will feel that, and they’ll want to bring you onto their team. People want to work with people that are complementary, and know how to collaborate."
"No matter how many people might stand in your way, or how many obstacles might turn up, just keep thinking, 'Okay, well, I'm just going to get past this little bump in the road, because my goal still exists.' If it's in your head, it can become a reality."
"Don't doubt yourself. Just go after what you want. Don't let anyone tell you no. I had so many people tell me no, including my parents. They did not want me to do fashion. They only realized that I was doing well last year when I was like, "my name's on this," and it was the Vogue masth"
"I met Venetia Scott. I ran into her at some crazy place like Dover Street Market in London and said, 'Are you, Venetia Scott?' She replied, 'Yes.' Then I was like, 'I just have to say, those photographs you did of this woman, they were incredible.' She did these photographs in Document Journal, she shot it, styled it, did the set design. It was a plus sized model, and she was basically naked, wearing one piece of clothing and there was this amazing purple and turquoise rug. She replied, 'Oh yeah. I did those all by myself in my small, small studio,' and I think that just woke me up. Even at the highest level, my favorite things come out of just you being by yourself in a room - you can just make it happen."
"Our bookings director always tells me that it’s better to confront an issue immediately even if you are nervous about the outcome. You are only causing a disservice to yourself if you try to take shortcuts to avoid handling a problem that can potentially blow up in your face later, or try to tip-toe around an uncomfortable but necessary conversation."
"...be perseverant, humble and truthful to [yourself]."
"...everyone is human, and at the end of the day, I'm scared of many things, and I feel nervous and insecure too. But you need to harness the moment and push forward."
"Don't try and do it all. Try and do one thing really well."
"...know your worth, own it, and go for it because we live in a world where you can. You don't have to wait 10 years to be heard. You can be heard right now."
"Life is going to put obstacles in your way. Just go through them. Fight for what you want to do, even though it's hard. Even though sometimes you want to give up, never give up, because there is someone behind you who will not."
"Work hard is the best advice that I can give. I don't count my hours of work. I work early mornings, late nights, on the weekends. It's 24 hours and 7 days a week."
"Be hardworking. I think talent can only get you so far and knowing the right people can only get you so far. It's important to actually do the work, and then let it lead you to places that you didn't anticipate."
"I would say it's just about working really hard, feeling passionate about the work that you're doing."
"Maybe it's not always a straight line to success, but if [you] really want it, [you] will find the best solution for creating work that satisfies [you]."
"Have something that you stand for and something that makes you different and more valuable than another candidate. Some people might not like it, but some people will love you for it and you'll find a place that appreciates you for your unique ideas."
"...work hard, nothing can stop you – you are your own worst enemy so if you keep going, you’ll go somewhere."
"Don’t be afraid and have confidence in what you do because if you don’t believe in your work, other people won't either."
"I would say that you can always follow your dreams if you work hard. You have to really want something and work for it."
"If you are passionate about something, don't give up, keep going, everything is possible!"
"Oh my god. Work! Be prepared to work your ass off. You will be juggling, so stay organized and put a really strong system in place."
"...you need to be prepared to work seriously hard. And never stop working seriously hard. No one will push you more than yourself."
"Everyone says that they want to get into fashion, but often they don’t know what it entails. But if you’re inspired by it, I think you can always find a way to do it."
"...if you have a goal of how you see yourself, what you see yourself doing in the future, you have to try to make it happen. If you don't, honestly, what's the point of life?"
"Always trust in yourself. Always have dreams and work hard to make them. Take all the opportunities that come to you, and be open and be curious and try to always be really demanding with yourself."
"I think just work hard and don't complain. If opportunities arise, take them. Don't think about it."
"Be nice to all your interns. Be nice to the people you work with because in 5 years they’re going to remember that you didn’t help them load all of the cards because you didn’t like them personally. They’re going to remember that when you’re requesting looks for a shoot and they’re going to say, 'Nope. Sorry. The looks aren't available.'"
"Email me. Email people. Email someone who does what you do. Take them out to coffee. Learn from them."
"There are so many people who want to work in this industry, and it’s not going to be handed to you."
"Do it if you love it. Don't do it because you think there's going to be perks. Most likely there aren't. I think you should do what really calls to you and be open to change."