Most of us have heard the old Hollywood saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”. Well, the truth is, both factors hold equal accountability when searching the job market for new opportunities in the fashion industry. There is a wide range of work within the entire entertainment industry, so it is important to find out as much information as possible about all aspects of the type of work you wish to pursue. Do you wish to be in front of the camera at all? Do you want to have a manager, or be your own boss? Would you want to travel? Have you ever wanted to live in a big city? Those questions are key examples of factors to consider when determining your next big advancement in your career. Therefore, In order to advance in your field, you need more experience. In order to get more experience, you need to network with more professionals in your industry.
Attending Sac Fashion Week’s Fashion Forum and listening to what industry professionals have to say about their work experience is a great way to find out more information regarding potential career choices and networking opportunities. Many of the experts that are featured on the Fashion Forum panel started out in one area of the fashion industry, and then ventured off into another branch because they found new interests. They are each extremely knowledgeable about a variety of topics, and they give all attendee’s of this Fashion Forum the opportunity to ask questions, meet industry professionals, and learn more about the industry. The guest speakers that choose to participate in this event do so because they are passionate about benefiting the Sacramento community and helping others succeed by passing down extended knowledge. They understand that any person can find inspiration for their future by listening to and networking with industry professionals. All together these guest speakers have some of the most experience in this industry for the city of Sacramento, and they’re ready to help advise you about your next big career move. You have to start out by meeting with your local industry professionals in order find out more about which part of the fashion industry best suits you. Attending this Fashion Forum event could potentially lead you to a new job/internship in a direction that you never thought you would someday go toward.
The importance of networking is crucial in this industry, and we are fortunate to have an event like this organized and held for free to the public. Headed by Duane Ram the executive director and producer of Sacramento Fashion Week, this event brought together local industry professionals that are making it happen right here at the state capital. Giving aspiring attendees their knowledge and experience to make it in the industry and further opportunities for career advancement.
This year’s event was hosted by Model Coach/Visual Artist Gerry Simpson. Mr Simpson’s twenty plus years of experience in the industry was the prefect choice to host the evening. His energy kept the hour moving on pace.
Some of the attendees favorite discussion points were:
* We all must create our own paths for our futures in order to find success in the fashion industry.
* It is not good to compare yourself to anyone else.
* You should always aspire to find your own path to reach your personal success.
* Network with those around you and you will open yourself up to countless job opportunities.
* Shopping locally benefits the economy, especially the fashion community.
* The entire fashion industry needs more diversity.
* The benefits of setting a plan for your goals and accomplishing them.
* Make sure to help those around you by passing down knowledge and providing advice.
* Always have a smile on your face.
Each of the guest speakers came from different backgrounds, but what they each had in common was that they created their own separate paths toward pursuing their dreams. By networking with industry professionals and putting out a lot of hard work, these guest speakers were able to get to where they are today in their careers. That is why they each feel so passionate about passing down their extensive knowledge to the people of Sacramento. At the Fashion Forum they each emphasized the importance of collaboration for growth within this industry. We must be willing to learn as much as possible about our industry professionals so we can strengthen our strengths and perfect our weaknesses.
Once the forum ended every attendee was given the opportunity to network and collaborate with other leading professionals in the industry over an amazing spread of gourmet appetizers prepared by the chefs from the Catering School at the Art Institute of Sacramento.
Hard work creates extensive knowledge, and collaboration with the right person could make the all of the difference while searching for your next big career move. In order to find work in the entertainment industry, you must collaborate with those around you so that you can expand your knowledge of your craft. There’s always room to learn something new about what you love to do, and if you want success then you have to work hard for it. You never know when an opportunity for success will be around the corner from you, so you must always be open to new experiences and opportunities whenever they arise. Success will never come knocking at your front door, you must constantly chase after it and do everything it takes to reach your goals.