Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Fashion Goddess, or Following Your Passion

I was reading a monologue called Ask the Fashion Goddess and thought about the reputation fashionistas have.
The main character in the monologue is a woman who has her own radio station that gives out fashion advice. The Fashion Goddess receives different phone calls from callers throughout the monologue and she answers in a ditzy, funny way. For example;
"'Britney, you're on the air with the Fashion Goddess!
(another voice)Is, like, glitter, you know, still, like (giggles)- in?
Britney, my sweet, you are a simple simple person with a simple, simple question. And the answer to that question is: YES!!! Always and forever, glitter is in! Disco, Roller Derby, Mardi Gras, Queen for a Day, glitter is the essence of our nations fashion heritage! Glitter is as American as cheese ravioli. Didn't President lincoln use glitter bombs to defeat the British at Pearl Harbor? I think she did. Glitter absolves even the most truly fashion impaired of their gooberness, and, Britney, if you truly- in your simple-simple heart-of-hearts- want to please the Fashion Goddess, beyond all reason, fill a salt shaker with glitter and sprinkle it merrily-merrily on every single outfit you own.'"
Now what do you get from that?
Personally it makes me think all fashionistas are crazies and dummies, and that is not true because I am neither crazy nor dumb.
Though this monologue is enjoyable and funny it is true to the stereotype that most people apply to fashionable peoples.
I'm going to correct that right now.
People that have a passion for fashion work just as hard as the person who teaches, or fights fires all day. However, they work in a different way. Making clothes, designing, or anything that has to do with a fashion mag. requires that person to be aware of the wants of the people they are trying to sell their product to. They need to be able to work long hours with many disappointments and few huge rewards that mainly rely on luck and timing. They need to be able to deal with the frustration of a broken needle several times in a row, picky customers who are rude and ruthless, and of course the continuous criticism of unknown, and known people.
However the rewards that come frequently enough to make someone passionate are the ones that you feel inside after you have made something you love, and that no one can ever take away from you no matter how hard they try. These are the hardships and reward that not just any halfwit or ditz could work through and towards.
The ultimate goal in people who make clothes shouldn't be to become famous because thats mainly luck. The goal should be to make clothes, bags, and accessories that they are proud of. Everything else is inconsequential, and when it becomes important you're no longer an artist following your passion, you're following the dollar.

The monologue was from The Ultimate Audition Book For Teens 2

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