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My Honest Thoughts on : Internships

We’ve all heard  the praises of internships from top fashion people.  ” Internships are the best thing you can do to break in to the industry.’ “Intern.Intern.Intern” ect. ect. I can go on, and on.  People even BUY internships. Yea, some people PAY for the opportunity to work! It’s crazy! I know. So you probably don’t need to be reminded that internships are the perfect way to learn about careers that you may want to totally explore or those careers that you know very well you could do without.

So, let me preface by saying, I completely and totally agree and encourage internships!

I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to intern for  small handful of different fashion related places -some great and others not so great. But now, I am currently interning at one of my most favorite fashion websites. This is a dream come true internship. The name is so well known in the industry, that it can really open doors for me when I apply to other places in the future.

So whats wrong?

Well, this morning inparticular, I woke up with literally only 20 minutes to get myself ready after debating if I should call out today because I was really tired of driving 1 hour and 30 minutes to my internship in terrible Los Angeles morning traffic. Especially when I have so much school work left to do.I knew I souldn’t because I have to call off this coming friday for a school event and I really don’t want to burn any bridges. Especially since I only have a week or so left at this internship. I considered quitting via email, but  stopped myself, knowing it’d be a dumb thing to do.

And I know what you’re thinking, “Thats not very responsible. In the real world, you can’t just not go to work because you don’t want to get out of bed. ” Okay, Okay, I know! Just hear me out…

Sometimes internships can be a little more difficult than you might think. Not only are you working for FREE, it’s just hard to keep motivated when its obvious that you are disposable to the company. And you sometimes feel practically invisible as an intern. No one really knows your name, nor are they interested in finding out because they know that you are only here for a few months, so whats the point?

Now, dont get me wrong, I love the company. And people here are generally really nice, but a lot of people can also act like you’re not even there even though you hand them their mail and transfer their calls. Now, they arent mean or anything, it’s just that sometime, as an intern you dont always feel like an important part of the company. There is really no personal responsiblity that you are held accountable for so for people like myself, it is hard for me to see how I directly contribute to the growth and success of a company so the motivation isn’t there.

So an obvious solution would be to make yourself stand out, right? Great! But when you are at an internship  2 days a week for 3 months, it tends to be a little harder to get yourself recognized when you are trying to get comfortable in an environment where a lot of the people are closed off.

So I think, “Im sitting here in 1 1/2 hours of traffic to get there and go back home only to sit at the reception desk for another 8 hours and I dont really make an impact. I don’t really matter. They could get their own mail and answer their own calls. The company won’t collapse if I’m not there….’

But of course, I can quit  and there will instantly be another girl with is willing to take my spot. A girl who would sit in 2 hours of traffic, and not miss a day, not once.

Its a cycle. When the job market is shaky in an industry that so many girls ‘would kill’ to be in the position I am in, my internship won’t have a problem with finding my replacement with a girl who wants it more than I do.

And funny enough, when I walked into my internship this morning, there was a new intern. Who moved to Los Angeles simply for this internship.

So, after all this…what’s the lesson ?

There is always someone who wants something more than you do. You just have to wake up every morning, even when you are really tired and cold and not in the mood, and ask yourself, “How BAD do I want THIS!”  How bad do you want to make it in an industry that is notoriously difficult to break into. When you have these opportunities, how important is it for you to keep them?

Its not easy, TRUST me. But asking myself those questions is what got me out of bed this morning, when I was really not in the mood.

Fashion Show Sunday

Fashion Shows Sunday.
Sure, traditionally sundays are meant for Church, well, Fashion Shows are kinda like Church Summons. So this counts! :



Sunday, November 21st

12:30pm

reVamp Salon


reVamp is pleased to showcase their 2010 New Releases in this Sunday Afternoon Fashion Show at the reVamp Salon on Sunday, November 21, 2010. Sip complimentary Champagne while models display reVamp’s latest designs and favorite silhouettes in their new fabrics. The fashion show is Free. But reservations are necessary in order to secure a place to sit.


Call 213.488.3387 to reserve your space.


-Events Location-

reVamp
834 South Broadway
Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90014 

Located next to the Orpheum Theatre between 8th and 9th Streets downtown. 

Flat rate parking lot is located between the Orpheum & Rialto Theatres. Sunday metered parking on the street is free. 

Select “reVamp” at the security box, and dial #230 for entry into the building. Take the elevator to the 12th floor. 

Los Angeles Fashion Guide

I have compiled a list of stores and websites i love. I love these vintage stores, they are so fun! 🙂 and those websites have been my life savers! 😀 


PLACES TO CHECK OUT!
COOL STORES:                  
Chantell
7309 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 934-0204

Johnny Cupcakes

7959 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Le Joli Boutique

709 N. Sierra Bonita Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Luxe De Ville

2157 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

The Way We Wore

334 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Jet Rag

825 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Ragg Mopp Vintage
3816 W Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Cools Clothing Store

110 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 680-1777


Important website:

 

www.ella-clothing.blogspot.com

www.ella-clothing.tumblr.com

www.senseofashion.com

www.imboycrazy.com

www.laist.com

www.viceland.com

www.itscorykennedy.wordpress.com

www.stylesectionla.com

www.stylebop.com

http://www.latfas.org

 

 

TIPS:

– go to every salvation army, Goodwill and Out of the Closet in your surrounding neighborhoods

 

-Don’t be afraid to go into store that is too expensive. Even if you cant buy anything, getting inspiration is free! J

 

 

So in Love….

Im soooo in love with Downtown Los Angeles. I think when people think about LA they right away thing about Hollywood/Beverly Hills or ghetto Los Angeles. But downtown has sooo many hidden treasures. Here are some photos that I took on my most recent trip to Downtown Los Angeles.

Fashion Districts Errands and Olsenboyle Contest….


I woke up at 7:11am. and usually I wake pissed off and wanting to go back to sleep. This morning, I woke up so happy. Because I was waking up for myself. I have several appointments with different fabric/textile distributors from 10am to 3pm. When I was already almost at my first location, I get a call from the sales man saying he had to reschedule. I then headed to my second location. Everything was peachy and as I was going through the sample swatches, I was asked for my resale ID. Through context clues I quickly figured out what the sales woman meant. Since I am just starting, of course I dont have a business license. So I came and went
The follow locations were more successful. I made sure I asked about sample yardages and minimums. I got some great swatches:

But I still need to look for more fabrics and especially find some applique’s  and trims. 
My next steps is to figure out all the math involved in making my patterns. I am very afraid. That will be a headache for sure!!! But with the old pattern samples I got from school, I think it will be manageable.
On a different note, surfing the web I discovered a design contest held by Mary-Kate and Ashley’s newest line, Olsenboyle. It is a junior line for JC Penny. So I thought, I have a ton of sketches why not submit one. 

It is a mid-drift silk one shoulder top with sequence paired up with tuxedo shorts.I am still unsure if this design will be a part of my collection. But I thought I could be a good fit for the contest. The grand prize winner  gets a trip to New York to meet Mary-Kate and Ashley, a $1000.00 gift card for JC Penny and a chance to have their design apart of the Olsenboyle collection. I’ve been a HUGE fan of the Olsen sisters since like forever! And occasionaly I still watch their straight to DVD movies!! So meeting them would be amazing! Especially since I love their Elizabeth and James line. A grand to spend at JC Penny! Oh heck yes! Sephora is now there! Makeuppp!!! and well, I can not even begin to express how freaking cool it would be to have something I designs in thousands of stores throughout the country.
People can vote on the top finalist, so if I get to that point, Ya’ll better vote!!! 

If you are interesting in entering here is the link:





The day is still early and there is still lots to be done. I’ll keep ya posted!

XoXo,
Lidia.