Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on Monday, July 20, 2015
It's wonderful that you've identified a job field that excites you! The next step is to channel your excitement to an area or two within fashion in which you can bring in a sustainable income. Allow me to explain: I once worked with someone that that loved to knit. She was really good at knitting and able to create high-quality products. Because of her passion and practice, she was able to knit just about anything, from hats to mittens to blankets. Around Christmas last year, she wanted to bring in extra income, so she began taking orders to knit scarves. She chose to market scarves because she knew they required a small amount of time (in comparison to the time if takes to knit a hat or blanket) and finances (it takes about 1.5 packages of yarn to knit one scarf) and also because there was a demand for knit scarves (afterall, it was winter). This was a smart decision and she quickly had many orders and accomplished her goal of earning a sustainable income over the holiday season.
The lesson here is to take time to figure out how your passion can fulfill a need in the fashion world. While considering this, be sure to calculate which area in fashion produces the largest return-on-investment (ROI) for you. Take into account the cost of supplies, time, etc. as well as your interest and make sure they are things you can keep up with. Once you've identified an area or two in which you can contribute, I recommend looking up professionals in similar fields to get an idea of their education and experience that lead them to their current position. Perhaps reach out to a few people you find in your research to ask them for more detail about their career path and to offer advice as your begin your journey into fashion. These steps are vital to creating a business model that can sustain itself and fuel your passion rather than drain it. I suggest you start with these preliminary steps and then take action, so that when you do begin in fashion, you're focused and headed in the right direction to accomplish your dreams!