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FASHION DESIGNER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR, IN-DEPTH: Bringing An Idea To Life

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Telicia, a fashion designer and creative director, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. Starting a new business is time consuming and tough, but for Telicia her passion for this creative job makes the sacrifice worth it.

Degree: Fashion Design
Job Title: Fashion Designer & Creative Director
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Fashion Designers

Job Description

Fashion designers create original clothing, accessories, and footwear. They sketch designs, select fabrics and patterns, and give instructions on how to make the products they designed.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Fashion designers often gain their initial experience in the fashion industry through internships or by working as an assistant designer. Internships provide aspiring fashion designers an opportunity to experience the design process, building their knowledge of textiles, colors, and how the industry works.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$35,000 - $130,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours, Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Travel
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Artistic, Creativity, Detail oriented, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Likes working with hands

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<span m='14550'>be</span> <span m='15110'>in a</span> <span m='15500'>fashion</span> <span m='15890'>show</span> <span m='16670'>or</span> <span m='17050'>through</span> <span m='17140'>a</span> <span m='17340'>picture</span> <span m='17850'>from</span> <span m='18030'>a</span> <span m='18220'>photo shoot.</span> <span m='19870'>Everything</span> <span m='20320'>starts</span> <span m='20740'>off</span> <span m='21170'>as an</span> <span m='21290'>idea.</span> <span m='21570'>And</span> <span m='21920'>just</span> <span m='22210'>bringing</span> <span m='22550'>it</span> <span m='22680'>to</span> <span m='22810'>life</span> <span m='23520'>is</span> <span m='23720'>what</span> <span m='24020'>I love</span> <span m='24480'>most</span> <span m='24820'>about what</span> <span m='25310'>I do.</span> </p><p><span m='25860'>The</span> <span m='25990'>most</span> <span m='26400'>challenging</span> <span m='27090'>thing</span> <span m='27680'>is</span> <span m='28160'>finding</span> <span m='28580'>people</span> <span m='29850'>that</span> <span m='30175'>are</span> <span m='30500'>as</span> <span m='30700'>serious</span> <span m='31440'>about</span> <span m='31740'>what</span> <span m='31910'>you're</span> <span m='32100'>doing</span> <span m='33270'>and</span> <span m='33650'>that</span> <span m='34070'>have</span> <span m='34310'>the</span> <span m='34430'>time.</span> <span m='35060'>Everyone</span> <span m='35490'>has</span> <span m='35927'>something</span> <span m='36364'>going</span> <span m='36801'>on.</span> <span m='37238'>And</span> <span m='37675'>everybody</span> <span m='38112'>has</span> <span m='38550'>their</span> <span m='38680'>own dream</span> <span m='39025'>or own life.</span> <span m='39770'>And</span> <span m='39970'>having</span> <span m='40320'>to</span> <span m='40460'>work</span> <span m='40740'>with</span> <span m='40950'>others</span> <span m='41720'>and</span> <span m='42300'>their</span> <span m='42470'>time</span> <span m='43160'>and</span> <span m='43340'>whatever</span> <span m='43750'>else</span> <span m='44000'>they</span> <span m='44140'>may</span> <span m='44290'>have</span> <span m='44550'>going</span> <span m='44830'>on in</span> <span m='45110'>life,</span> <span m='46210'>it</span> <span m='46380'>can</span> <span m='46590'>be</span> <span m='46780'>a</span> <span m='46840'>challenge,</span> <span m='48330'>especially</span> <span m='48840'>when</span> <span m='49070'>a</span> <span m='49160'>lot</span> <span m='49400'>of</span> <span m='49540'>work</span> <span m='49840'>that</span> <span m='50170'>I do</span> <span m='50310'>do</span> <span m='50520'>is</span> <span m='50720'>for</span> <span m='50840'>trade.</span> </p><p><span m='51320'>Seeing</span> <span m='51670'>that</span> <span m='52340'>I'm</span> <span m='52720'>just</span> <span m='53000'>starting</span> <span m='53420'>off,</span> <span m='53990'>not every</span> <span m='54340'>job</span> <span m='54605'>is paid</span> <span m='54870'>for.</span> <span m='56110'>So</span> <span m='56310'>I</span> <span m='56410'>have</span> <span m='56600'>to</span> <span m='56730'>find</span> <span m='57090'>people</span> <span m='57520'>that</span> <span m='57780'>are</span> <span m='58530'>self-motivated</span> <span m='59020'>and</span> <span m='60040'>willing</span> <span m='60330'>to</span> <span m='60500'>put</span> <span m='60740'>their</span> <span m='60870'>best</span> <span m='61220'>foot</span> <span m='61460'>forward</span> <span m='62340'>without</span> <span m='63020'>getting</span> <span m='63340'>paid</span> <span m='63610'>all</span> <span m='63840'>the</span> <span m='63950'>time</span> <span m='64410'>initially.</span> <span m='65190'>So</span> <span m='65540'>that</span> <span m='65810'>can</span> <span m='66105'>be</span> <span m='66400'>quite challenging.</span> </p><p><span m='67220'>Some</span> <span m='67480'>of</span> <span m='67560'>the</span> <span m='67680'>key</span> <span m='67930'>decisions</span> <span m='68590'>that</span> <span m='68950'>I've</span> <span m='69150'>learned in</span> <span m='69240'>my</span> <span m='69410'>career</span> <span m='70110'>are</span> <span m='70570'>pretty</span> <span m='70820'>much</span> <span m='71100'>just</span> <span m='71340'>following</span> <span m='71790'>my</span> <span m='71920'>heart,</span> <span m='72940'>not</span> <span m='73245'>choosing</span> <span m='73920'>a</span> <span m='74190'>job</span> <span m='74820'>or</span> <span m='74930'>something</span> <span m='75410'>because</span> <span m='75750'>it's safe,</span> <span m='76430'>but</span> <span m='77100'>really</span> <span m='77450'>chasing</span> <span m='77860'>my dreams</span> <span m='78110'>and</span> <span m='79080'>what</span> <span m='79210'>makes</span> <span m='79530'>me</span> <span m='79700'>happy.</span> <span m='81770'>Some</span> <span m='82160'>other</span> <span m='82320'>key</span> <span m='82520'>decisions</span> <span m='83220'>would have</span> <span m='83330'>to be</span> <span m='83830'>just</span> <span m='84150'>prioritizing</span> <span m='85000'>and</span> <span m='85690'>deciding</span> <span m='86940'>do I</span> <span m='87180'>want</span> <span m='87290'>to</span> <span m='87350'>go</span> <span m='87685'>out</span> <span m='88020'>Friday</span> <span m='88380'>night</span> <span m='88660'>with</span> <span m='88820'>my</span> <span m='88960'>friends</span> <span m='89620'>or</span> <span m='90260'>do I</span> <span m='90450'>want</span> <span m='90550'>to</span> <span m='90620'>stay</span> <span m='90860'>home</span> <span m='91170'>and</span> <span m='91260'>work</span> <span m='91500'>on</span> <span m='91580'>my</span> <span m='91710'>website?</span> <span m='93070'>Starting</span> <span m='93720'>off,</span> <span m='94550'>there's</span> <span m='94830'>a</span> <span m='94880'>lot</span> <span m='95170'>of</span> <span m='95240'>times</span> <span m='95770'>where</span> <span m='96050'>you'll</span> <span m='96300'>have</span> <span m='96530'>to</span> <span m='96650'>do</span> <span m='97190'>a</span> <span m='97642'>lot</span> <span m='98094'>of the work</span> <span m='98546'>yourself.</span> <span m='98998'>You're</span> <span m='99450'>not going to</span> <span m='99902'>have</span> <span m='100354'>an</span> <span m='100810'>assistant</span> <span m='100990'>and a</span> <span m='101450'>publicist</span> <span m='102500'>and</span> <span m='102940'>all</span> <span m='103320'>the</span> <span m='103430'>different</span> <span m='104050'>people</span> <span m='104440'>that you may</span> <span m='104920'>need.</span> <span m='105290'>So you</span> <span m='105700'>start</span> <span m='106090'>off</span> <span m='106330'>doing</span> <span m='106550'>those</span> <span m='106780'>things</span> <span m='107020'>yourself,</span> <span m='107530'>which</span> <span m='107710'>requires</span> <span m='108360'>a</span> <span m='110570'>lot</span> <span m='110740'>of</span> <span m='110810'>sacrifice,</span> <span m='111710'>both</span> <span m='112060'>time-wise</span> <span m='113270'>and</span> <span m='115280'>just</span> <span m='116770'>your</span> <span m='116900'>personal</span> <span m='117370'>life</span> <span m='117610'>in</span> <span m='117720'>general</span> <span m='118150'>sometimes.</span> </p><p><span m='120460'>Well,</span> <span m='121550'>fashion</span> <span m='122120'>is</span> <span m='122320'>a</span> <span m='122350'>very</span> <span m='122760'>competitive</span> <span m='123490'>industry.</span> <span m='124780'>Anything</span> <span m='125480'>artistic</span> <span m='126510'>can</span> <span m='126840'>be.</span> <span m='128610'>But</span> <span m='129400'>because</span> <span m='130100'>I</span> <span m='130669'>chose</span> <span m='130984'>to go</span> <span m='131300'>the</span> <span m='131660'>entrepreneur</span> <span m='132540'>route,</span> <span m='132890'>not</span> <span m='133600'>looking</span> <span m='133950'>for a</span> <span m='134210'>job,</span> <span m='134980'>I'm</span> <span m='135410'>hoping</span> <span m='135850'>to</span> <span m='136320'>one day</span> <span m='136750'>create</span> <span m='136910'>jobs.</span> <span m='138810'>Just</span> <span m='139020'>depending</span> <span m='139450'>on what</span> <span m='139570'>exactly</span> <span m='140005'>you want</span> <span m='140440'>to do,</span> <span m='140670'>whether</span> <span m='140780'>you</span> <span m='141280'>want to be a</span> <span m='141740'>designer</span> <span m='142055'>or</span> <span m='142370'>a</span> <span m='142810'>buyer</span> <span m='143650'>or</span> <span m='143970'>a</span> <span m='144050'>stylist,</span> <span m='145590'>each</span> <span m='146530'>different</span> <span m='148090'>department,</span> <span m='148510'>if you</span> <span m='148930'>will,</span> <span m='149300'>can</span> <span m='149610'>be</span> <span m='150390'>pretty</span> <span m='153890'>tight</span> <span m='154310'>and</span> <span m='154540'>hard</span> <span m='154830'>to</span> <span m='154940'>find</span> <span m='155340'>jobs.</span> </p><p><span m='156110'>But</span> <span m='156580'>if</span> <span m='156910'>you</span> <span m='158020'>go</span> <span m='158200'>to</span> <span m='158260'>school,</span> <span m='158635'>you</span> <span m='159010'>build</span> <span m='159250'>up</span> <span m='159390'>your</span> <span m='159510'>resume,</span> <span m='160170'>you</span> <span m='160270'>try</span> <span m='160510'>to</span> <span m='160580'>get</span> <span m='160780'>as</span> <span m='161020'>much</span> <span m='161150'>experience,</span> <span m='161970'>that's</span> <span m='162270'>what</span> <span m='162630'>they</span> <span m='162970'>really</span> <span m='163190'>want to see</span> <span m='163460'>in</span> <span m='163730'>fashion.</span> <span m='164220'>They want to see</span> <span m='164690'>experience.</span> <span m='165380'>What</span> <span m='165510'>have you</span> <span m='165820'>done?</span> <span m='166810'>Internships</span> <span m='167530'>are</span> <span m='167600'>always</span> <span m='168180'>good</span> <span m='169220'>just</span> <span m='169660'>to</span> <span m='169860'>kind</span> <span m='170090'>of</span> <span m='170160'>get</span> <span m='170340'>your</span> <span m='170470'>foot</span> <span m='170690'>in</span> <span m='170800'>the door.</span> <span m='171210'>So</span> <span m='172060'>if</span> <span m='172270'>you</span> <span m='173670'>prepare</span> <span m='174160'>yourself</span> <span m='174870'>with</span> <span m='175140'>the</span> <span m='175220'>necessary</span> <span m='175870'>resources,</span> <span m='176570'>experience,</span> <span m='177580'>education,</span> <span m='178780'>and</span> <span m='179030'>then</span> <span m='179280'>have</span> <span m='179470'>that</span> <span m='180050'>genuine</span> <span m='180640'>passion</span> <span m='180920'>and</span> <span m='181200'>drive</span> <span m='181530'>for it,</span> <span m='182420'>it's not</span> <span m='182865'>that hard.</span> </p><p><span m='184650'>My</span> <span m='185280'>work-life</span> <span m='187260'>balance</span> <span m='189020'>is</span> <span m='189460'>horrible</span> <span m='189680'>right</span> <span m='189920'>now.</span> <span m='190650'>I</span> <span m='190790'>actually</span> <span m='191710'>am</span> <span m='191950'>trying</span> <span m='192330'>to</span> <span m='192860'>find</span> <span m='193180'>the</span> <span m='193270'>best</span> <span m='193590'>way</span> <span m='193750'>to</span> <span m='193910'>balance</span> <span m='194900'>friends,</span> <span m='195770'>family,</span> <span m='196410'>working</span> <span m='196930'>out,</span> <span m='197270'>hanging</span> <span m='197700'>out,</span> <span m='198420'>and</span> <span m='198730'>building</span> <span m='199120'>a</span> <span m='199170'>business</span> <span m='200460'>from</span> <span m='200990'>the</span> <span m='201090'>bottom</span> <span m='201690'>up,</span> <span m='203240'>especially</span> <span m='203800'>with</span> <span m='203890'>such</span> <span m='204240'>a</span> <span m='204320'>small</span> <span m='204750'>team.</span> <span m='205230'>So</span> <span m='206200'>right</span> <span m='206450'>now</span> <span m='206690'>my</span> <span m='206850'>balance</span> <span m='207340'>is</span> <span m='207480'>a</span> <span m='207570'>little</span> <span m='207810'>all</span> <span m='208140'>over</span> <span m='208380'>the</span> <span m='208510'>place.</span> <span m='209340'>I've</span> <span m='210130'>for</span> <span m='210270'>a</span> <span m='210350'>while</span> <span m='210660'>just</span> <span m='210970'>been</span> <span m='211370'>just</span> <span m='211610'>work.</span> <span m='212500'>But</span> <span m='212800'>you</span> <span m='213750'>have</span> <span m='213920'>to</span> <span m='214040'>make</span> <span m='214250'>time</span> <span m='214620'>for</span> <span m='214850'>all</span> <span m='215130'>the</span> <span m='216656'>friends and</span> <span m='217058'>family and</span> <span m='217460'>normal</span> <span m='217880'>things</span> <span m='218300'>prior.</span> </p><p><span m='218770'>But</span> <span m='219530'>when</span> <span m='219730'>you</span> <span m='219840'>really</span> <span m='220060'>want</span> <span m='220350'>something,</span> <span m='220770'>you do</span> <span m='220990'>sacrifice</span> <span m='222050'>and,</span> <span m='222830'>again,</span> <span m='223230'>prioritize.</span> <span m='224110'>So</span> <span m='225050'>right</span> <span m='225240'>now</span> <span m='225480'>the</span> <span m='225590'>balance</span> <span m='226430'>isn't</span> <span m='226800'>so</span> <span m='226960'>much</span> <span m='227290'>there.</span> <span m='227820'>But</span> <span m='228020'>it's</span> <span m='228190'>working</span> <span m='228640'>for</span> <span m='228860'>me.</span> <span m='229930'>But</span> <span m='230350'>I</span> <span m='230420'>definitely</span> <span m='231220'>can</span> <span m='231490'>work</span> <span m='231880'>on</span> <span m='233068'>kind of</span> <span m='233546'>working it</span> <span m='234502'>where</span> <span m='235460'>I</span> <span m='235730'>have</span> <span m='236050'>a</span> <span m='236130'>nice</span> <span m='236600'>little</span> <span m='236820'>bit</span> <span m='237000'>of</span> <span m='237150'>everything,</span> <span m='237880'>work,</span> <span m='238326'>play,</span> <span m='239220'>fun,</span> <span m='239670'>personal.</span> </p>","file":{"id":227325,"video_id":"2701283163001","name":"66967349","duration":241152,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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