Make it happen. That’s been my motto this year. Words I have no choice, but to live by. In August 2017, I moved to Los Angeles, California after graduating from Howard University with a BA in Journalism. The move was a bit of a shock as I always thought I’d live in New York City to pursue fashion. However, when it came down to it, I just didn’t feel NYC was the place for me — so I made a rash decision and moved to LA. I knew immediately this was my home, where I was meant to be.
Despite what I’ve been told, I made a promise to myself that I could still make a fashion career happen for myself — even on the West Coast. However, this has been far from easy. I’ve bounced from publication to publication, in hopes that each opportunity would put me on the path to become the next Lindsay Peoples Wagner.
While each job has helped boost my resume significantly, I’m not exactly where I want to be. Flash forward to this year, I learned no one can help me accomplish my dream but me. I’m not going to just miraculously become a fashion editor — I have to make myself become a fashion editor. Once I learned that, my path got clearer. My faith in God got stronger (because honestly, it’s just me and him against the world anyway).
There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not thinking about my end goal. But with that, has come a lot of sleepless nights, a lot of time missed with my boyfriend, family and friends. I spend almost any free moment I have, building my own brand, networking, attending events. You can’t just dream your dream. You have to live it. You have to make it a reality. I used to think that I had to wait and be patient, but even with a full-time job I’m nurturing my dream. There are no excuses.