I’m sitting in the back of my Uber cruising through the city doing go-backs, and I’m having a moment. On my one day off for the week I’m technically working — I’m not getting paid though.
While many people think that being a flight attendant is my only job, it is not. I work on the side for various stylists hoping to stay current in the fashion industry in an attempt to keep my dream of one day owning a fashion label alive. You’ve got to hustle in this city and make a name for yourself.
Today I’m exhausted; I was in Ireland all last week, then Scotland, and I just got back yesterday. I’m tired and I’m questioning whether what I’m doing is really worth it? I love everything that I do. “Do it with passion or don’t do it at all,” is a motto I live by.
As I admire the city around me, I realize it’s a gorgeous day. I realize I’m in NEW FREAKING YORK. Sure I’m not getting paid, but I am one step closer to my dream than I was yesterday. I get over my little moment and I think how wonderful it is to have a passion and to have a desire in my heart to want to achieve something great, something to work for, and something to be proud of.
You’ve got to get experience in some way or another. You can’t expect to have a super tailored resume and hope that works out for you. You’ve got to get your hands dirty, you got to get the unpaid work first, and you must prove yourself. All the hard work you do, all the blood, sweat and tears, mixed with unpaid work – well, sometimes it’s hard to see if what you’re doing is really worth your time.
I’ve had those moments when I am so frustrated, where I’ve spread myself so thin for others that I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. But the truth is, nothing goes unnoticed. People see when you put in the effort and if they don’t see it at first, do not give up because eventually they will or someone else will.
I’ve had moments before when I think I could just give up and find something else. I could be less creative, I could find something that paid me more, I could get a better, more consistent schedule but would that make me happy? Would that truly fill me up?
The answer is always no, because I want to be proud of my work, I want to stand for something. I want to be able to say I didn’t give up, I put my everything into this dream, and even though I didn’t always get paid for it and I wasn’t always told thank you, I got the most incredible experience out of it and I’m a stronger, smarter business woman because of it.
Don’t give up on your dream. Those desires were placed in your heart for a reason. Do not lose hope and don’t lose your vision. For all the times that your hard work goes unnoticed, live for that one moment when it doesn’t.