From landing an internship to nailing your interview outfit, there are an unlimited number of things you can do to work toward making your dream fashion job a reality. However, we’ve found that one of the most effective ways to up your chances is to cultivate connections with people in the industry. Enter: Simply Stylist. The female-founded company hosts conferences that provide tools and tips from a panel of industry experts, bloggers, stylists, and celebrities, to those interested in fashion and beauty. This Saturday, March 28, Simply Stylist is coming to Los Angeles, and they have a huge incentive for attendees—not only will guests get to work closely with industry insiders in breakout sessions and get pampered with manicures and cocktails, but they can also participate in Pitch Fest, where three lucky women will walk away with a real paid job, working with a clothing brand, fashion blogger, or celebrity stylist. Apply here (and hurry, the deadline is tomorrow, March 24 at 12 p.m. EST!), and then grab your ticket to the ultimate fashion-networking event hosted at The Grove and presented by CITI.
If you don’t happen to be in Los Angeles this weekend, you can still take away some of the panelists’ wisdom by scrolling down for their best career tips.
"I wish someone had told me the value of making true connections with your mentors and professional superiors. It sounds straightforward, but when you’re ferociously focused on the work itself, sometimes you forget about the value in the periphery. It always felt like 'brown-nosing’ to me, but the truth is that creating meaningful relationships with other key influencers will sharpen your game and provide much support along the way.” –Catt Sadler, E! News host
"The most important thing that I have learned along the way is to be patient with the process of blogging. Unlike many industries, blogging is not taught, rather it is learned. Figuring out your personal approach to it can be confusing. As long as you trust your instincts and are always true to your authentic self, you will garner every ounce of success you deserve." –Jenny Bernheim, Margo & Me founder
“When I was starting out, I wanted to be the best in the business...immediately. I wish someone had told me that it takes time, patience, relationships, and lots of trial and error. I learned so much, made so many mistakes, and networked my butt off the first ten years I lived in L.A., working in PR. Patience really IS a virtue and the 20-something-year-old me did not know what that word meant. Good things take time.” –Sarah Boyd, Simply Stylist founder
“Believe in yourself, even if no one else does.” –Maria Hatzistefanis, The Rodial Group president
“Create three pillars that you and your brand stand for. When things get unclear or when time gets tough, look and reflect on those pillars for guidance and meaning. For Wendy's Lookbook, our pillars are quality, creativity, and philanthropy. My film partner and I did this at the end of year one, and we wish we established the pillars at the very beginning. After establishing these core values, we had so much more clarity and vision in regards to short- and long-term goals.” –Wendy Nguyen, Wendy’s Lookbook founder
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