Like any normal gal in their twenties, we want to seek new opportunities and new experiences to help us climb up the ladder of success and eventually land ourselves in our dream job if we haven’t already done so. As I have written in a previous blog post (see here), my twenty-seventeen resolutions include new and exciting challenges. I personally like to keep myself busy and my social life certainly is that – which is important to me because, hey – what would we do without our friends? But does keeping ourselves busy 24/7 to try and grow our success and social lives, draw us away from the right opportunities?
As I sit here wrapped in my duvet (today is duvet day) and write this post, I have flashbacked to one of my very first decisions that helped me enter the fashion world – College. I find so many people turn their noses down at the idea of College and actually it’s nothing to shy away from because I made the best of memories and the best of friends. I loved my course (HND Fashion and Textiles) and although I didn’t head down the textile route, it gave me the biggest head start to progress in the fashion industry.
I try to imagine my picture perfect future, and I can’t even start to think where I will end up. And I know it’s not healthy to fuss over these kind of things because we should just take each day as it comes…right? Juggling full time work and new opportunities is harder than you think and I know you will all agree. Being successful and having the perfect life isn’t a race, sometimes we need take a step back and look how far we have come.
So far, I have been lucky enough to have had a few opportunities over the six years I have worked within retail – working with big brands that I am completely and utterly in love with such as Coach, Michael Kors, Jigsaw and Whistles, working with different stylists and hosting fashion shows/styling for fashion shows. I have also worked with amazing women that host charity events for the most inspiring people and I have recently joined the HJC Styling team. BUT I am far from done, itching for new opportunities will always be at the top of my list (let’s make that ‘new opportunities/girls night out’).
The reason I am writing this post is because recently, I took on a new opportunity with HJC Styling and it was something I had never done before. I have been involved in a few styling events over the years and this one has topped it off – reasons being, I learned so much and met the most creative people. HJC Styling was asked to style for something special with Duncan and Todd Opticians. I would love to tell you all the details but for now I have to keep most of it hush. But what I can give you is a sneak peek.
I wanted to share this with you – We most definitely need to have more respect for the team of directors, producers, production assistants, photographers, hairdressers, make-up artists and stylists etc. etc. because there is a heck of a lot more work that goes into an advert than I thought!!
Myself and Hayley arrived on set at 9 am and it was nonstop from that point. Fittings, hair, make-up, styled, photographed, filmed, change, hair, make-up, styled, photographed, filmed AND next model. I apologise for the repeated long lists but as I said, there is a lot more work that goes into adverts than I thought. I was allowed to take some pictures of the set without revealing too much but as I took my camera out, I shied away when I had seen the cameras they used on sets like these…put my tiny hand-held to shame.
This was an opportunity I never thought I would get to have, and even at the most busiest time of year for me, because of my full time job, I am so glad and grateful that I grabbed it with both hands as I learned so much. I also learned along the way that sometimes opportunities come into our lives which either work out or don’t, but to give them all the time of day as you never know where they may take us. So make a bit of time for new things, you never know what might come of them. Hey, look at Kate Moss! She took the opportunity to become a model after she was spotted in an airport and look how succesful she is…just saying.
Lots of Love, Erin x