It's pretty evident that Stephon Mendoza was meant to go to fashion school. He's currently working on getting his degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Mendoza has plenty of the ingredients needed to succeed in the cutthroat fashion industry. Here are a couple things you might consider before applying to fashion school.
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1. Twirl on Your Haters
In the words of Jay Z, go on an brush your shoulders off. The world of fashion is reserved for only the most dedicated and creative visionaries. You'll need to bring your gusto and fierceness to the table in order to make it in this world. There's no room for those who don't have a little bit of tough skin. You should also keep in mind that it will take time to chart your path in this industry.
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2. Grind 'Til You Own It!
Fashion school is going to take a lot of grit to get through. Remember that this is only the beginning. It won't be easy once you enter the real world and figure out how to make your mark.
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3. Slay, Trick, or Get Eliminated
Not everyone will make it, so you have to be ready to slay. Raw talent is seen as a jewel that designers can mold and shape to fit their own brand. However, you'll find that this is more of a gift. Of course through schooling and practice, skills can be sharpened, but if they don't come somewhat naturally, you're probably better off in another field.
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4. Get Your Money Right, Boo
When Coco Chanel said, "The best things in life are free. The second best are very expensive," she might as well have been talking about fashion institutions. An education at one of these institutions has a hefty price tag.
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5. Make Sure Your Backup Plan Is Lit
There are some that will argue against having a back-up plan in life because they feel it's a distraction from achieving your ultimate goal. But we all have bills to pay. Having a back-up plan doesn't mean considering a medical degree because your mind just isn't wired that way. But you do need to find ways to making sure you have a well-rounded portfolio that will speak to various types of employers.
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