EVIT fashion merchandising students met with a panel of local fashion industry leaders yesterday to ask questions and get career advice.
The panel was made of up Corbin Chamberlin, a fashion and lifestyle journalist; Chantell Nighswonger, a public relations professional with Allison & Partners; and Duc Liao, a fashion photographer.
The panel encouraged students to continue their fashion education to learn the basics of the industry, whether that be at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchadising in Los Angeles or at a local community college. But panel members also stressed the importance of getting any and all experience possible, starting now.
"Now is the time to make mistakes, to dabble and explore your passion," said Chamberlin, who is an EVIT fashion merchandising program alum.
Students asked dozens of questions, including how to stand out in a crowded industry, how to deal with frustrations in the workplace, and how to beat the competition.
"You just have to be different from your competitors," Liao said. "You cannot always be better."
Students learned that the fashion industry isn't always an easy place to work. But for those who are truly passionate about it, the great moments will outshine the bad.
"It's a lot of heartbreak," Nighswonger said. "But you live for those big moments and successes."