I know you've heard the expression, "Put your money where your mouth is," right? Well, that's exactly what I'm doing. For the past few months I've been talking about my dream of attending FIDM here in Downtown Los Angeles. I've always had the passion for fashion, but never had the courage to actually pursue a career in the industry until recently.
Just to recap: I applied and got into FIDM a few months back. I was all excited. I couldn't keep it to myself. I told everyone I knew and even posted it on my blog. Well, some months have passed and reality started to set in. Although I have the passion, the vision and the drive to attend FIDM, I don't have the money. The program is $33,000. Yes, that's 33,000 US American dollars. Money I don't currently have. I was willing to take out a loan, but because I already have a degree and the economy is the way it is right now, I couldn't get approved. So, what am I to do? Cry about it? Give up? HELL NO! LoL! That's just not my steeze - not the way I operate.
I decided that with what limited time I have now that I was going to start taking my fashion courses at local city colleges in L.A. I immediately got online, did my research and found a couple of classes at El Camino College and LA Trade Tech that fit into my schedule. Last week, I officially registered for Clothing Construction I and Fashion Design & Sketching I. I'm starting with the basics and working my way up. So far the classes are great! I'm definitely in the minority being the only male in one of my classes and one of only 2 Black students. I love it though! I like being special.
One of my boys, whose also making a name for himself in the industry once told me, "I'm so proud of you for making the decision to pursue your dream. That takes courage. But remember, everyone wants to do this. And the difference between us and them is that we actually have talent and we know one of the keys to being successful in this industry is education. You need a solid foundation and you have to know what you're doing. Knowing what 'looks good is only part of it.'" Truer words have never been spoken.
So, follow me on my journey to becoming a powerhouse in the industry. Step by step.