Fashion vs. Music: What’s My Next Step?
June 10, 2011 § 3 Comments
As the last few weeks of my internship creep up on me, I’ve been thinking about what it is I really want to do with my career. Fashion has always been my focus ever since I flipped through the pages of the March 2005 issue of US Vogue. From that moment on, I submerged myself in the industry. I taught myself everything there was to know about designers, models, industry teams, positions, editors, etc. After 6 years of researching and about 4 years of interning, I am confident with my love and knowledge of the fashion industry.
But my current internship (I work at a fashion showroom doing Sales, PR, and Merchandising) has made me realize that I have been covering up a hidden desire. I am the head blogger for the showroom; through that experience I began this blog, where I discuss fashion and music. If you look through my posts, it is clear that there are more music posts than fashion. This blog has shown me that, even though I temporarily stopped writing poetry, I still have an innate passion for writing that will NEVER go away no matter how hard I try to stop it. I love writing, and I especially love writing about Music.
Many people don’t know this about me, but my love for music began way before I found my love for fashion. My father used to be a Dancehall DJ for radio when I was growing up, and I remember him showing me how to spin records and make songs flow seamlessly in a playlist. While I don’t speak to my biological father anymore, that excitement I feel about music is still there. I can’t cover it up! A class I took two semesters ago in college opened my eyes to what I truly enjoy.
“Popular Music as a Media Form” was a lecture class where we looked at music history from the 1920’s-2010 & analyzed the music industry, sonic productions, connection between music and society, interpretations of music/lyrics, etc. Taught by Professor Murray Forman (who is also my faculty advisor, ironically) the class made me realize that I knew more about the industry than I thought. I love learning about new bands/artists, finding out musical trends, and (obviously) writing album reviews. It was only a matter of time when the lightbulb would flash in my mind, exposing me to a truth I never known.
Writing about music is different from writing about fashion. With music, I can fully express my true feelings about something and be open to critique. Fashion is limited in that aspect; you have to make sure you’re pleasing the right people or else you’ll be under fire.
Soon to be only 20 years old and a middler in college (I go to Northeastern) I know I have a lot to learn about the music industry since I don’t know it as well as I do fashion; I feel like it could very well be a career option for me. If fashion (PR, editorial, journalism) doesn’t work out, I hope I get the chance to explore the inner workings of the music industry as a career. After all, I can’t hide my true passion forever.