Thursday, August 23, 2012

Possessing A Prizefighter's Determination

Sometimes I struggle with what I am going to write in my online journal.  Someone in PR once told me that I should not share too many of my doubts.  She reasoned that potential collaborators/investors would be turned off by my transparency and seeming lack of confidence.  She said, "Investors are confident in people who are confident in themselves."  She's probably right.  But the truth is that self-doubt is just par for the course when you are in a creative field.  I've spoken to writers, filmmakers, painters, singers, and, of course, other designers and we all suffer with bouts of self-doubt.  There are actually many similarities in our approaches to attaining success.  But what strikes me most is that we are all bold and confident enough to put our creativity out there for the world to judge.  I think transparency can be very liberating.  It demonstrates that my struggles and imperfections are no different than yours and that is unifying.  It also lends me a certain approachability.

Oscar Dela Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather
I mean, I'd  like to be able to consistently create a minimum of two collections a year without worrying about how I am going to afford fabrics and the costs of construction.  And I wish I could mass produce without fretting over finances and wondering how I am going to turn a dime into a dollar and a dollar into twenty-five thousand dollars.  But in the end, I don't let the odds against me prevent me from dreaming and pushing forward.

Last week, I finally accepted that I would not be able to actively participate in New York Fashion Week which officially begins on September 6th.  And I learned that I was not one of the twelve recipients of the Mission: Small Business Grant from Chase Bank.  Back in June, many of you voted so that I would be considered.  It's a bummer to have to sit out this fashion week, but there is still a Spring collection that must be completed and you better believe that I have already started preparing for Fashion Week February 2013.  And I just know the finances to fuel my vision will come from somewhere.

Do not judge me based on my bouts with self-doubt.  Save the judgements for how I am able to weather those moments and keep it moving.  With fifteen years under my belt, it is clear that I am a survivor.  And I am a winner.

Peace & Fashion!


  1. Yes. You are a survivor. You always keep it moving!

  2. and you ARE a winner.

  3. Thank You Aline & Marika! I really appreciate your support and kind words. Provision is coming. I can just feel it in the air.

  4. Thank you for this post I am also a struggling designer the worst thing for me is that I can't sew. I only can sketch illustrations, flats, and create boards. I will have to pay people to make my samples and it's sucks cuz I'm broke! You have helped me life my head and rise above my circumstances and do what I can and leave the rest to God. You will be blessed for your transparency. Can't wait to see your collection! You work is FABULOUS!

  5. Hey there Suppa! I certainly understand your frustration. I don't really sew either. God gave me the talent to express myself creatively through illustration and I possess an understanding of construction, but I leave the actual stitching and patternmaking to others who are more skilled. When people learn that I do not do the whole kit and caboodle, they urge me to learn. But that is just not where my talents lie. You, my dear, are going to have work doubly hard (as I have) to make it in this industry. But do not become discouraged. If you are walking the path that the universe has chosen, you will be a success.