I remember when I was transitioning from college to university and I was incredibly envious (not jealous, there is a slight difference) of people within my atmosphere who were heading to shows at LFW. One particular memory is of a friend who turned around to me one day and told me straight to my face that I would never make it. My end of education report from university even states "You are too stubborn to make it within the fashion industry". The sadness I felt at this time in my life which isn't even a year ago yet really got me down. I put myself down so much. I stopped blogging as much and I didn't even pick my camera up a lot anymore. How sad is that? The two passions I have in life I stopped because I let people kick me down.
I graduated 9 months ago and am now a published freelance photographer. I have been shooting for majority of model agencies and have built up a fine contact book of people I have collaborated with. My blog is doing well and is something I created in 2011 from scratch with no help. I work with so many great brands and companies and I feel that is something to be proud of.
LFW this month is 20-24th Feb and I am heading to 23 shows. No one helped me. I did it all myself. I just want to remind everyone that if you have a dream and it seems like it's a little too far to reach; it's not. You have to believe in yourself, work hard (usually for free), intern, offer to help people out, put yourself out there, say hello to people and surround yourself with other people who do all of the above. You will do it. Take a risk and try it.