People always ask me three questions when they meet me.
1. What do you do?
2. Why do you do what you do?
3. How do you make money doing what you love?
When I was younger, all I wanted to do was make money following my dreams. I had no clue how I could possibly make that happen, but my business has drastically grown over the past year. Most people don’t know that I started my blog over 4 years ago now, so I’ve been in this world for what feels like forever. I had no training, no experience, and no idea what I was getting into when I started my journey. Everything I learned was trial and error. Because of my lack of knowledge and experience, I am very lucky that I started my blog simply because I had nowhere else to write my feelings: I didn’t go into my blog wanting to make money or a career out of this. I actually wanted to be an actress for all of my childhood years, so blogging was not a part of the plan! I’m convinced that people who go into any opportunity or career with no expectations end up coming out more successful than people who go into something looking for money.
Because of my interest in writing and entrepreneurship, I was constantly finding new ways to set myself up for the future I wanted. When I started my blog, the only other young adult blogger in the game was Tavi Gevinson. People weren’t doing sponsored posts and Instagram marketing back in 2011: Instagram was nowhere as chic as it is now. There were some other girls who were in the same “teen” blogging community, but none of them were (likely) failing school and trying to find new ways to break into the industry, like myself. I was never afraid to push limits. I emailed people for hours each day, before and after school, asking for tickets to fashion week, an open position at a magazine to write, and different ways to network with people in the industry. Sure, getting as many “not interested” answers always hurt my feelings, but I usually managed to get up and move on to the next potential person who would say they were interested.
If you’re looking to break into the entertainment world, and start a business on social media, I won’t ruin the video below by writing everything here…but I highly suggest watching it. You may learn something that you didn’t know before watching! To be successful in running any business you need to be strong, confident, and not afraid to hear the word no over and over and over again.
I believe in you! And heck yes, you can make money doing what you love.