I remember when I started my Photography Business in 2000, I had no idea there were many Photographer Communities I could reach out to. I guess it was because I was kind of new to the area and still unaware of the professional perks of working in United States. Only many years later I connected with my local colleagues in California, I joined the professional meetings realizing how much I would have benefitted from such a support system in my early stages.
Many times I heard and even said myself that Americans are individualists (included yours truly, Proud American!) but actually, based from my own experiences, that’s far from being true.
Conversing with a fellow photographer in Italy, I found out that there is no such thing as a Photographer’s Group or Community in our area (near Venice), on the contrary, professionals are quite guarded towards their work and they rather not share much about their own trial and error.
So why say that America is such an individualistic society when instead it is so Community driven?
Now that I am in the process of launching my fashion line I am using my past experience and don’t wanna miss out on the importance of having the right support to make wise choices for my business. I have done my research and I think I am connected with all the important organizations that help emerging designers, I follow their blog, social media channels and I participate in their twitter chats.
In particular, I have been following the inspirational blog Start Up Fashion which is an amazing source of all the key elements of running a fashion business. I took endless notes from Founder Nicole Giordano and from her experienced contributors’s posts.
What impressed me about Nicole is her genuine no bullshit approach. I feel the passion, the care, the enthusiasm she conveys to her readers and she doesn’t forget to give designers reality checks when needed. Let’s face it, we are artists, and artists live in la la land. Nicole has a gentle way to bring us back to earth reminding us we have a business to run! She makes it look easy and almost pleasant, so we oblige and follow her precious advice.
After being on my radar for so long, I finally decided to sign up to join Start Up Fashion Online Community, I felt like I was missing out on much more! And I was right! Just few days in, and I feel it’s the best money i have spent so far on my start up (a drop really, if compared to the thousands of $ I spent for Annaborgia to this day).
Being able to connect with my peers and listen to their past experiences (good and bad) makes me feel relieved that I am not the only one having difficulties getting things done or taking some time to find the right team to work with. Apparently it happens to almost everyone. That means, I can do this!
The Designers Community at Start Up Fashion is a great Hub to learn, share and compare professional experiences that are invaluable for me to make the right choices moving forward. Imagine the time, the money and most of all the grief, that I can save in the future. I deserve it! :)