Yolanda’s Q & A

Q & A

March 18,2007

Yolanda I work in the industry here in New York. A friend told me about the book, and let me say I could relate to many of the accounts mentioned in the book.
Let me ask you do you think there is a life after a bad encounter- or is it best to just pack it up and get into another field? Jazz  via email (NY)

Well Jazz that is the magic question. As I explained in the book I've personaly gone through some obstacles and in most cases some people have told me maybe this is not the right field for me. But I say who are they to tell me what is right or wrong for me?
As I've mentioned time and time again you have to pay your dues this is true, but only you know if this is indeed the industry for you or not. And even if your particular job is crappy there are so many other options to consider in fashion. 

It can be frustrating dealing with some very unbearable elements in fashion, but you'll know in your blood that "Love and Hate" tugawar with an industry that unfortunately you have to continue to fight to be strong and tough and fight for respect on a day to day.
Some days packing it in seems easier, but I don't want to put in mind a quitter attitude.

Do your best to continue to learn and as I always say- look for a place that will present more positive encounters with appreciation for your hard work.

Best of luck!


October 19,2006

Read your book- Great job!
I have a question. I'm a designer for a small design company. I want to tell my friends that 
I plan on leaving, but have some hesitation at the same time. Should I?
(name with held) Via email (Pa.)

Well only you can truly answer that question. As written in the book you must watch that whole friend situation in the office. But if these are truly your friends then just use some discretion as to who you tell what to, and how much. Only you know the personalities you're dealing with- you may be cool with your girls (or boys ) in the office, but you may have one in the group that "love to talk" more than the others. 

The bottom line when seeking employment you don't want the whole office in your business that you're unhappy- and the more people you tell the more you will have to take in consideration in having word get back to your boss. Remember you want to leave, you don't want them (employer) to remove you before you're ready. 
Many people are guilty of telling too much among people you feel comfortable with, but at the end of the day- the less is the better until the deed is wrapped and sealed.
Mums the word.

Good luck


August 5,2006

I read your book and thought it was very insightful. I have so many questions, but the most important one is based on the boss that handed you that lame Christmas card.
Is that legally possible?
Andrea (via email)

Hi Andrea,
What I've found in life is that nothing is impossible. I work in an industry where people take little time to watch what they say before it actually flows from their lips. I think as I'm now older and more mature - I would have handled this like the strong woman I am. I would have have given him a challenge when it was handed to me without being unprofessional or bringing the street mentality to the table. At that time I handled it well I suppose, by not saying anything and laughing about it, but years later as the confidence level has reached to high, the opportunity to tell him that I didn't appreciate this strange Christmas card would have been known- please believe it. 

As stated over and over in the book- "be professional" and as it's easily said than done, we have to train ourselves to take the licks like champs, and pick our chins up and put those who have little tack in their place the correct way.


August 5,2006

Hey Yolanda,
I'm an 18 year old who has some serious interests in going forward in a possible career in fashion- any direct details
you can give me, aside from your book in how to do so?
Pamela (Via email) N.Y

Hi Pamela,
Well it seems you reside from the NY state- if this is the case
there's a lot you can do in terms of investigating on which area you want to be in. First, you need to list what it is that draws you into fashion.
Do you like the creative side (drawing/ styling)?
Are you interested in problem solving or structural details(Production/ Technical)?

Because this industry is so broad you need to see what it is exactly that draws your interest. Then I would suggest you contact some of the leading schools in the city and speak with a person from admissions who can perhaps have you come up to the school for a tour and discussion on the different possibilities that may fit your interest.

The Fashion institute of Technology- Admissions (Manhattan NY)
Kingsborough Community College- Admissions (Brooklyn, NY)
Pratt Institute- Admissions (Brooklyn, NY)
Parsons- Admissions (Manhattan, NY)

Finally- try and find a mentor that can help lead you in the right direction.

Good luck!


July 13,2006

Nice site! Small question-
How does one go about dressing for an interview - when meeting a manager at a small accessory company?

Leah- (via email)- San Francisco

Hi Leah-
Thanks for being my first participant-
Well first let me say that it really depends on the set-up of the company. You may want to ask the person you speak with on what the dress pattern should be for this meeting.
However food for thought- Any meeting it pays to "dress to impress" for that first impression you should be on point and impeccable for that first meeting. If it's a smaller company you may not want to pull out the Chanel- but sensible and neat never fails.

Good luck!