The Creator of The Localista Blog
I grew up with a passion for the arts, in a sense. I was pretty talented at a young age, ever since I could look at a simple sketch and duplicate it. My talent took me to an audition and acceptance at The High School of Fashion Industries as an "Art" student. Yes, I was an art major in high school. I had the same curriculum as typical high schooler just with a focus in Arts.
Within my first year, I transitioned into fashion design and acquired the skills to cut, sew and design clothes. I graduated with honors and was the first out of my peers to receive an acceptance letter to The Fashion Institute of Technology. Taking a different direction in my career path, I received my Bachelor's Degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications. Throughout my entire educational background I've interned under the umbrella of fashion in marketing, merchandising and design for the most influential brands and agencies in New York City. The ethics of the fashion world are harsh, as it was unforgiving and political. It still is. My love for fashion never changed but my desire shifted with this great sense of fulfillment in redefining success as creative independence.
I reference my interview with Jerome La Maar, as he states an important reality, "lighten up its fashion we're not curing people." As the ideal careers started looking more like overly glamorized titles, it began to make more sense to me. I mean, many of us really are great creators and thinkers we just don't believe we can do it - so we don't. This blog is about "going for the win" being at your fullest potential and having the courage to do so. It's an opportunity to discover local stories, businesses, talk fashion, food, art, and everything in between.
Where will I go next? Who will I feature? What will I wear ?
Come follow my journey; if not mine maybe someone else's.
- Tianna A.