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How to Meet Your Celebrity Crush

Is there any one celebrity that you have, well, a bit of a crush on? We all have pop culture figures that we follow through their different projects. What happens when you have the opportunity to meet your idol? Here are some ways to make that dream a reality.

Lowering Monthly Expenses

Chances are, you’ll need to pay to meet the icon of your choice. You might need tickets to a convention panel or a concert. Alternatively, celebrities might charge for one-on-one meet and greets. One way to lower your monthly expenses is to refinance your existing student loans. That’s an especially good option if you have a good credit score, or you need more pocket money now. 

You can use a student loan refinance calculator to determine what your monthly payments would be and see how you could save. Another option is to do more home cooking. Takeout and TV dinners might be easy, but they’re also pricey. That goes especially for people living in a large household. The best way to feed several people at once is by making meals with large portions. Consider investing in cookbooks and some updated kitchen cookware.

Looking Up Scheduling

The easiest way to encounter a celebrity is when they’re on a tour of some kind. Whether you want to meet a musician, actor, author, influencer, Youtuber, or someone else entirely, your best bet is to meet them at a fan gathering. Find out about any upcoming tour dates. Maybe a band is touring to promote their new album, an author is touring for a book release, or a celebrity is planning to speak at a con about their latest project. 

Whatever the case, scheduling is key. Look for the venue closest to you and book your tickets well in advance. Depending on how popular the individual or the event is, the tickets have the potential to sell out quickly. You don’t want to miss your opportunity. Or you can make a vacation out of it and travel somewhere to experience the tour. Meeting your celebrity crush would definitely make the difference between a good versus a great vacation one that’s for sure.

Pay for the Meeting

Just getting tickets to the show won’t necessarily be enough. Are the celebrities having any meet and greets before or after the event? Find out about these opportunities and make sure you have tickets to get in. Once you’ve done this, you should give some consideration to the meetup. Is there anything special you’d like them to sign? What about something you’d like to tell them? Are there any photographs allowed, and how long will you have with the person? 

In most cases, there will be a line of people following the same dream you are. The celebrity might not have a lot of time to make your acquaintance. So, it’s important to make your limited moments with them count for as much as you can. With all this consideration, you can come to the meeting fully prepared. And keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need to bring anything except your enthusiasm. What’s important is that you’re getting the chance to meet someone you admire without any strings attached.

Tree illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

California – New State Parks Program

California State Parks, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the Natural Resources Agency today announced the opportunity for fourth graders to apply for a free California State Parks Adventure Pass. Effective today, they can apply for the pass that will give them the opportunity to explore 19 select state parks free for a full year.

“The California State Park Adventure Pass is an incredible new program that will help promote a healthier, more equitable California for all—a California where every child has the opportunity to explore, learn and benefit from our state’s natural wonders,” said First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

Championed by the First Partner, whose California for All Kids initiatives support children’s physical, mental and social-emotional well-being, the California State Park Adventure Pass Program expands the opportunity for fourth graders and their families to enjoy the benefits of connecting with nature, with each other and with their communities.

Applying for the free pass online is simple. All that is needed is a name, address, phone number and an email address. For individuals who do not have access to a smartphone, computer or printer, and/or do not have an email address to use when applying online, they can still apply for a pass by visiting a State Parks Pass Sales Office—click here for a list of locations—or by calling (800) 444-7275. For detailed information on the program and the list of participating park units, please visit parks.ca.gov/AdventurePass.

Assembly Bill 148, signed by Governor Newsom in July, established the California State Park Adventure Pass Program, a three-year pilot program that waives day-use entrance fees to 19 state parks for fourth graders and their families for a full year. Earlier this year, the governor also signed Senate Bill 129, legislation that includes $5.6 million to fund the new Pass program. 

When determining which park units would be selected to participate in the pilot program, State Parks reviewed several factors including a diverse list of park units that span the state geographically. By spreading the park units throughout the state, the department will be able to maximize participation by limiting the distance that would need to be traveled to the nearest participating park. State Parks was also mindful of including a diverse collection of park units in terms of park features. The final list includes beaches, museums, redwoods, off-highway vehicle recreation, hiking trails and important cultural history.

The State of California believes in the right of all Californians to have access to recreational opportunities and enjoy the cultural, historic and natural resources found across the state. Too many Californians cannot access the state’s parks, beaches and outdoor spaces, nor the state’s array of museums and cultural and historical sites. Given this, the California Natural Resources Agency and California State Parks are prioritizing efforts to expand all Californians’ access to park, open space, nature and cultural amenities. This priority requires reshaping funding and programs to expand opportunities to enjoy these places. Doing so advances Governor Gavin Newsom’s strong personal commitment to building a “California for All.”

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IVY PARK RODEO

adidas and Beyoncé Launch Fourth IVY PARK Collection: “IVY PARK RODEO”

Ditch the ten-gallon hat and say “howdy” to stylish, western wear. adidas and Beyoncé are returning to present the latest adidas x IVY PARK collection. Inspired by the inimitable style and undeniable influence of Black cowboys and cowgirls, the “IVY Park Rodeo” collection celebrates the formidable impact of Black men and women on American Western culture. Beyoncé recently featured the fierce collection on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. 360 Magazine is impressed at this fashionable collection that brings to light an important history that often goes unspoken. The collection celebrates the oft-hidden history of Black pioneers within cowboy and cowgirl culture and their continued influence and impact on the American Rodeo.

The Collection

A bold celebration of classic Americana reimagined for today, this is a refreshingly contemporary take on classic Western wear. IVY PARK Rodeo is where audacious design meets thoughtfully remixed classic streetwear and athletic wear fused with inspiration from the Black cowboy experience. The collection features 58 adult apparel styles, 5 adult footwear styles, and 13 different accessories. Cowboys and cowgirls of all ages can join in on the fashion show. Boasting dark denim fabrics and washed heavy French terry materials throughout, the apparel and accessories are elevated with unique denim monograms and bold purple glow cow prints. Utilitarian-inspired zips and snap fastenings complete the details.

Highlights from the apparel collection include a denim body suit and wide leg snap pant, a denim tracksuit, a washed French terry hoodie and matching sweatpants, denim chaps, a denim bucket hat, and a small cotton canvas waist bag. The footwear offering is exciting as well, with two colorways of the IVP Ultraboost – one which mimics the look of denim and a new colorway for the IVP Forum Mid. This collection introduces the new IVP Super Sleek “Chunky”, with an exaggerated outsole combined with a classic upper in two dynamic colorways.

The fourth IVY PARK collection launches exclusively on adidas’ website for 24 hours on August 19th and is followed by a wider global launch on August 20th.

adidas x IVY PARK Drop 4 consists of the IVP Super Sleek “Chunky” (priced at $140), the IVP Forum Mid (priced at $150), and the IVP Ultraboost (priced at $200.)

It is clear that adidas x IVY PARK  prioritizes inclusivity and diversity within all of their drops. Within this new capsule, clothing sizes range from XXXS-4XL / 1X-4X. Unisex sizes range from 4 US – 14 US, and specific women’s sizes range from 5 US – 14 US. Clothing prices range from $45 to $200 for adults.

With over 58 adult apparel styles, 5 adult footwear styles, and 13 accessories styles, there are plenty of choices for any wardrobe. Accessories including unisex hats, unisex bags, a denim bucket hat, a durag, socks, and bandanas. Accessory prices range from $25 – $75.

The collection concentrates on centering aesthetically pleasing colors and prints, including Dark Denim, Glory Blue, Dust Purple, Purple Glow, Ambient Blush, Prints are Dark Denim Monogram, Purple Glow Dark, Brown Cow Print. The soft, high-quality fabrics used in this collection include 100% Cotton 16.5oz blue twill denim, 99% Cotton 1% Elastane 10.8oz stretch blue denim, and 100% Cotton 13oz cow print cotton twill denim.

adidas and Beyoncé Introduce Kids’ Apparel for the First time with Fourth adidas x IVY PARK Collection: “IVY PARK Rodeo”

With this fourth launch, for the first time, adidas x IVY PARK introduces their kids’ collection, a capsule line of 16 apparel styles, offering an assortment of looks in sizes 2T-XL. Taking its creative inspiration from the adult collection, the line appeals to fashion conscious grown-ups who have a fresh eye on style and want their ‘mini-me’s’ to enjoy their wardrobe choices with the same enthusiasm and playful attitude towards fashion.

The Collection

A bold celebration of classic Americana reimagined for today, this is a refreshingly contemporary take on classic Western wear. IVY PARK Rodeo is where audacious design meets thoughtfully remixed classic streetwear and athletic wear fused with inspiration from the Black cowboy experience reimagined for the next generation. Highlights from the collection include purple glow cow print tights and a graphic t-shirt which reads ‘brought up rodeo’ in a printed cursive script font, as well as hoodies, shorts, sweatpants, and plain t-shirts.

The fourth IVY PARK collection launches exclusively on adidas’ website for 24 hours on August 19th and is followed by a wider global launch on August 20th.

The adidas x IVY PARK Drop 4 Kids offering consists of 16 kids apparel styles that include foundation and activewear (t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, sweatpants, and tights). Colors used within the collection include Purple Glow, Glory Blue and Ambient Blush and Off-White along with the Purple Cow Print. Clothing sizes range: 2T-XL for kids’ apparel and will be priced from $20 to $65.

  • Foundation: Washed French Terry Hoodie, Sweatpants, Crop and Graphic Tee
  • Active: Base Layer Boys Top and Tight, Woven Windbreaker and Short, Cow Print tight for Girls
Beyonce adidas x IVY PARK RODEO collection image via Kathryn Stelmack at PaulWilmotCommunications via Byl Thompson at Parkwood Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine
Beyonce adidas x IVY PARK RODEO collection image via Kathryn Stelmack at PaulWilmotCommunications via Byl Thompson at Parkwood Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine
Beyonce adidas x IVY PARK RODEO KIDS collection image via Kathryn Stelmack at PaulWilmotCommunications via Byl Thompson at Parkwood Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine

Corolla Cross

2022 Corolla Cross: Just Right! Feels Right!  

By: Conan Zhang, Armon Hayes × Vaughn Lowery

Toyota has announced its first-ever 2022 Corolla Cross, it is designed with everyday capability and Inspiring design. Toyota Motor Corporation invited 360 Magazine to fly with Delta Comfort+ to their National Press Preview in Texas. The Preview was organized thoughtfully, providing a Covid-friendly environment along with a video and photography team on-site available. The event was held at the LINE hotel, and they offered our team a comprehensive test drive on their prototype of the car.

THE LINE AUSTIN

On the three-day lifestyle trip, our team was provided with refined accommodation. We got reception and dinner by the lakeside at Kristen’s Kish’s Arlo Grey, and after party drinks in the open air at P6. 

The room that we stayed in was designed for comfort. The King bed was set aside by the minibar that allowed us to satisfy our cravings day and night; the walls are decorated with custom artwork by emerging local artists and the mini library indoor was decked with vintage books about the city. Bath products by American Medicinal Arts were offered, a modern domestic urban brand. This is the place for both indoors and outdoors types alike. Just right, feels right.

Overview

The prestigious Corolla is the best-buy sedan in the world. Therefore, it has become a signature of Toyota. Borrowing Corolla’s wind, the new models will certainly help sales. Sure enough, recently, Toyota’s 2022 Corolla Cross is the chosen one. This might sound like the cross-border or cross-country version of Corolla, but it is not. This is an SUV that has nothing to do with Corolla itself.

Performance

Corolla Cross is based on Toyota’s new global platform TNGA-C, equipped with Toyota’s latest rear torsion beam suspension, which will provide greater stability and comfort to the body.

Equipped with a 2.0L 4-cyl naturally aspirated engine and with continuously variable transmission(CVT), it has 169 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft torque. There is 1500lb towing capacity, which means it has the capability to carry a jet ski or kayak for a weekend getaway. Additionally, it brags an outstanding fuel economy at 32 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. 

Design

Corolla Cross has nothing to do with Corolla, inheriting the exaggerated looking Toyota SUVs. The inverted trapezoidal honeycomb mouth is connected to the slender LED headlights, which gives people a sense of aggressiveness.

The side of the car body shows strong muscles vividly through the shaping of light and shadows. The front and rear waistlines sharply surround its characteristic; the wheel eyebrow guards well show the off-road feel of an SUV. While the heavy bottom guard plate at the rear is still reminding the customer that this is still an accountable SUV. The XLE version is equipped with 18-inch Alloy Wheels with Black-Painted Machined-Finish along with reflectors set up on both sides, it is perfectly presenting the sporty posture of this car.

Technology

Corolla Cross will give you a familiar visual when you step inside the car. It is indicative of Corolla heritage. Suspended central console, LCD instrument display, rear air outlet, etc. It is very crucial for modern drivers to have an outstanding sound system, and Toyota offers the Audio Plus with JBL® 9-speaker system add on for $1,465. Technology will accompany every trip with this car, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Amazon Alexa has become a standard configuration. They are all representative works of Japanese practicality and simplicity.

Safety 

The new car is equipped with Toyota’s latest Safety Sense system, which includes functions such as collision warning and blind spot monitoring. 9 airbags are installed into the system and configurations include lane departure alert with Steering Assist, lane tracing assist (LTA),road sign assist (RSA), and also full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control. Safety always comes first, and Corolla Cross cares about you.

Additional Features & Price 

  • The luggage space volume can reach 26.5 cu.ft.space, which has good storage properties.
  • Dual-zone air conditioning and rear seat vents are features of Corolla Cross.
  • The designer of this car added 20 icons hidden within the cross to brand his work 
  • The price is starting at $22195 for the base model of Corolla Cross L FWD  and at this price range there is Honda CR-V,Nissan Rogue Sport, VW Taos and also Toyota C-HR. Compared with these competitors, the all new Corolla Cross is more fuel efficient and friendly for family usage.

2022 Corolla Cross Pricing*

Grade

FWD

AWD

Corolla Cross L

$22,195

$23,495

Corolla Cross LE

$24,545

$25,845

Corolla Cross XLE

$26,325

$27,625

Corolla Cross is a perfect match for stylish Gen Z drivers – college students, young white-collars, and junior managers. At $25,000, this vehicle will give you not only practicability but also lifestyle. With the funky design and remarkable performance, this car will make you just right under the spotlight of your peers and feels right on every ride!  

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Top Freelance Tech Jobs

Ever since 2019, a series of unexpected turn-of-events has swept across the world. The most influential one being the Coronavirus pandemic, which resulted in a worldwide quarantine. After months and years of trying to get used to this new norm, people have started making this lifestyle as comfortable as they can. Some people are looking for new, more flexible, remote job opportunities, others are creating a business of their own. And one of the top self-employed businesses of the year is the tech industry. It’s not only something you can do remotely, but it’s also indispensable in our present lives and will continue to grow and take over all industries. This article will go over all trending freelance businesses in the tech industries you can start today!

Tech Consultant

Just as employees need help navigating the world of online audio or video communication, CEOs, company owners, managers, and even other freelancers are often looking for tech consultants to help them take charge of this new norm. These freelance consultants are usually hired on a one-time basis, and after the consultation is complete, the freelancers receive their payment and look for new clients. This is a great opportunity for those who already have a few contacts they can rely on. This is also a job that requires flexibility in financial areas. Some months you may have new clients every day, while others could be more quiet. But at the end of the day, a good tech consultant is highly sought-after, generously compensated, and it’s a fun, diverse job that never gets boring. It’s great for gathering new contacts, and broadening your horizon, and/or portfolio.

Remote Customer Service

Depending on your expertise, you can land great customer service opportunities. Because most companies are now operating completely remotely, at least one person is hired as a part of the IT team to help with technological difficulties. This isn’t something that’s difficult for most people familiar with tech. But a position like this presents a lot of different obstacles to the employee, meaning you need to be flexible as well as have fairly deep knowledge in all problems that may come your way. Some days you’ll be helping with network issues, while other days you’ll be searching for viruses. While this may seem mundane for some people, it’s an up-and-coming area of the tech industry, and for those starting out, this could be the perfect stepping stone.

Live Streaming Technician

Everyone is getting used to meetings, talks, and basically any form of communication migrating to online platforms. This is understandably overwhelming and comes with its own flaws. This is why most companies are now hiring “streaming technicians” to help ease the experience of employees. These technicians commonly specialize in sound and camera, OBS, live streaming, ZOOM, and the basic workings of online communication. While this position requires flexibility and patience, companies of all industries and sizes are looking for specialists in this area.

Technical Sales Consultant

Technical sales specialists, or sales engineers, focus on complex technical products aimed at businesses. They usually work in professional and scientific services and manufacturers of computers and electronic products. Some areas of employment within this industry don’t require full-time availability or in-person working. One of these areas is becoming a consultant. This not only means having flexible hours, and a project-based salary, but this is also a gateway towards a wide industry with a lot of potential!

Network & Communications Specialist

People who work in network and communications management are a part of the IT team, and help a company or organization achieve its goals for profitability, by implementing specific computer systems. Today, a specialist like this doesn’t need to be employed full-time, and most of the time doesn’t even have to be on-site to get the job done. Therefore, this is an excellent opportunity for the foundation of a freelance self-employed business.

Overall, there is a lot of potential in the tech industry, and new positions emerge on a daily basis. New software and tech solutions are being introduced every hour. And with more and more people relying on their safety and reliability, there’s an ever-growing need for specialists in the industry who could ease this migration to the tech world.

From consultation to customer service, there are thousands of opportunities people should take advantage of. Even if your interests in tech are only on a hobby level, a beginner’s knowledge is appreciated by many. Positions vary from full-time employment to project-based employment, but overall, a freelance career built on technical knowledge is definitely a path worth taking in this day and age. Additionally, it’s one of the best investments young adults can make for the foundation of their futures.

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Cicadas Take Over LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester

New York City has avoided a major Cicada invasion – until now.

The large insects, which are 1-2 inches long, are part of the largest brood of periodical cicadas in the nation. The last time they came to New York in 2004, they arrived around May 13.

Dozens of LEGO Cicadas have overtaken iconic NYC attractions like the Statue of Liberty in LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester‘s MINILAND attraction, a LEGO replica of New York City. Matthew Graham, Master Model Builder of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, was able to replicate these intriguing insects with 22 LEGO bricks including bricks like bucket handles for legs. These LEGO creatures will be on display until mid-July for guests to spot.

Also at LEGOLAND Westchester, you can enjoy the ultimate two-story indoor LEGO playground and escape the summer heat! Surround yourself with millions of LEGO Bricks, take flight on Merlin’s Apprentice, blast skeletons on Kingdom Quest ride adventure, see your favorite characters on LEGO 4D Theater, and build epic LEGO creations alongside master builders! More information on LEGOLAND Westchester activities can be found on the official website.

LEGOLAND Westchester is consistent with updated guidance from the state of New York and the CDC, following all COVID protocols. Face coverings for guests who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required, but still recommended.

Hours are 12pm-5:30pm, last entry at 3:30pm. Limited capacity, tickets available here.

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How to Juggle Travel and Study in College

College students are the busiest because they do tons of schoolwork, prepare for a career, and take care of their personal life. This means juggling everything that life throws at them. In school, students need to take care of their academics and accomplish all schoolwork and projects given to them.

With this, some college students find help through go deal now where they get professional writing help. Many of these student help sites offer help for difficult topics such as sociology essays – Proessays, and many more needed in schoolwork. 

Aside from paperwork, students also have exams, homework, school activities, and projects. The presence of student help sites eases the students from the demand of writing tasks required in school. College life should not be all work and no play. Students also need to relax, enjoy, and unwind. This is why many college students get into traveling, even while in college, as this is a way to release the pressure and stress of school.

There are many trips students can afford. However, to enjoy their travels one needs to know how to manage college life properly so that it will not get in the way of their trips. When a college student chooses to travel while studying, they should know how to juggle the two successfully. Proper management and planning are important to juggle traveling and college life. 

Tips to Juggle Travelling and College Life

Consider Study Abroad Programs

There are study-abroad programs open for college students. This is the best opportunity for students looking to study and travel at the same time. With these programs, students can enjoy a new place while taking their courses and studies at the same time.

Consider Taking Online Classes

Opting for online classes means that classes can be taken anywhere. Even if the student is on a trip, they can easily access the classes. It is just important to find a school that offers online classes for college courses. This will enable one to travel, without being tied down to school. 

Join an Outdoor School Club

There are school organizations that host outdoor trips and activities. By joining these groups, students get to travel while making it part of their academics. College schools usually have a lot of outdoor school groups that students can join.

Go to Class 

Finishing the school year persistently will give the students a lot of free time. This way, students will not need to attend extra days to make up for failed subjects or incomplete school requirements. To obtain the maximum amount of time for traveling during school vacations, a student needs to be diligent in completing their work. One has to finish everything needed by the end of a semester, so vacation can start right away.

Save up for Trips

No matter how much free time one has, a trip will not happen when funds are insufficient. Part-time jobs are a good way to easily earn money and save for their planned trips.

Get to Know the School Schedule 

Knowing the activities and programs of the school for the entire semester or year will help in planning up a trip. Some breaks are scheduled for the school year and knowing the dates will aid in putting up a travel itinerary. 

Finish up School Work Right Away

It is common to have tons of schoolwork, projects, and activities towards the final weeks of the semester. That being said, students who have planned trips should accomplish everything needed before taking off. This way, they never have to worry about unfinished requirements while on a trip. 

Traveling is a great activity, even for college students. There are inexpensive trips that they can take, but they need to ensure that the trip will not be a disturbance to their college life. These trips must be managed properly so that they are hassle-free and worry-free. Knowing how to juggle travel and college life is important for enjoy each trip that students take. After all, traveling is what many students look forward to, especially after months of hard work in school.

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Grace Aimi – Rainbow

Japan-born songstress Grace Aimi (eye-me) released her new video for “Rainbow” off her debut EP PICNIC. Watch HERE. “Rainbow” is a haunting and hypnotic love song. The video is directed by Takuto Shimpo is eerie and spellbinding as Grace’s vocals charm a hotel’s naive bellhop. The song is complemented by trap-pop beats. “Rainbow” is a darker take on PICNIC which showcases Grace’s knack for creating airy pop-fused R&B music. The song is at the same time catchy and beautifully strange.

Merging the intimacy and imagination of bedroom-pop with the lush and languid grooves of R&B, PICNIC includes previously released singles like “True Feelings” (a sweetly melancholy piece laced with bluesy acoustic guitar work), and “My Eyes” (a piano-driven song that landed on Apple Music’s New in Pop playlist). In addition, PICNIC opens with Grace‘s debut single “Eternal Sunshine,” a gorgeously quirky meditation on the meaning of happiness. All throughout the EP, Grace shows her gift for crafting unforgettable melodies, as well as her soft and subtle but endlessly commanding vocal presence.

About Grace Aimi:

Twenty-year-old biracial songstress Grace Aimi began her career with her brother posting covers in both Japanese and English on their YouTube channel, “Gracie and Gabe.” Grace’s radiant but raspy voice complemented her brother playing his ukulele as they performed covers of artists like Ed Sheeran, Anne-Marie, and Post Malone, among others. Their videos quickly garnered buzz, earning over 10M views in total before Grace made her debut as a solo artist. In August 2020, Grace released her summer-y debut single, “Eternal Sunshine” (a track produced by Chaki Zulu, who’s known for his work with Japan’s hottest hip-hop artists). With her debut EP due out soon, Grace’s global upbringing and angelic yet husky vocals make her a force to be reckoned with.

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5 Steps to Become a Fashion Designer

Are you a creative person who loves clothes, bags, shoes and the changing trends that each season brings when it comes to new designs? If so, why not choose a career that allows you to express your individuality and explore your passion at the same time? Sound exciting? A career in fashion design might just be your calling. Let’s run through some of the essential steps you’ll need to take to make it in the ever-evolving world of fashion. 

Move to a Major City

If you live in a small town with zero opportunities to get valuable work experience, it’s time to consider moving to a major city. Yes, rent is expensive and you may need to take out personal loans from a private lender to cover the first few months of rent and living costs but it will be so worth it. Before moving, reach out to fashion outlets and well-known clothing manufacturers to see if there are any work experience opportunities available. You’ll learn so much from observing operations in a professional setting and you’ll get to work with all kinds of different materials and styles. This experience will prove invaluable when it comes to branching out on your own. 

Be Prepared Early On

Listen up high school students! The fact you’re even thinking about becoming a fashion designer at this young age is proof that this career path is for you. Start your prep early by signing up for drawing, art and design classes. A lot of fashion design programs require students to have artistic talent so learn early and your future self with certainly thank you for it. 

Get a Degree

You need to take this point seriously if you want to make noise in this competitive industry. Getting a degree in fashion design will teach you everything you need to know when it comes to creating a sketch and bringing that sketch to life. You’ll learn about the properties of different fabrics and you’ll get familiar with essential skills such as stitching, pattern making and draping. 

Create a Portfolio

All fashion designers create a portfolio early on in their careers. It’s what you’ll give to prospective fashion schools and employers so it’s got to showcase your best work. Treat each project in that portfolio like it was a major job for a real-world fashion designer and don’t cut corners when it comes to sketching and displaying your strong points. Be sure that the finished folder also demonstrates how good your communication skills are. 

Network

Yes, it’s time to mingle! Get involved in fashion shows and enter as many design competitions as you possibly can. Talk to people at these events and don’t be shy in showing off your skills and sharing your ambitions for the future. Sign up to fashion blogs and interact with like-minded people on social media and forums. Check for industry-related networking events in your local area and show up with a smile and a willingness to get involved. If there’s not much happening in your local town/city in terms of fashion shows and competitions, why not make a name for yourself locally and organize your own events? Doing so is a great way to demonstrate drive and tenacity, both of which are traits you’re your future employers will appreciate. 

How to Get a Job at a Dispensary  

The cannabis trade is one of the fastest-growing industries in the US. Americans purchased $18.3 billion in cannabis products, a 71% increase over the prior year. However, hiring in this area still lags, and it’s one of the more competitive job markets. Those who are anxious for a position in a dispensary can do a few things to increase their odds of getting hired.

1. Become knowledgeable about cannabis products.

Learn about the different strains that are available and what flavors and experiences they offer. Be able to talk intelligently about hybrids, terpenes, and THC content. You can learn all of this and more by reading cannabis industry websites and newsletters. The more you know, the better a hire you’ll be.

2. Create a killer resume.

Your resume and cover letter make up your first impression. Construct yours so that it highlights the skills and experience that would make you a great budtender. No experience in the cannabis field? Consider a skill-based resume that highlights past customer service positions and education about cannabis.

Mirror the language used in the job ad. For instance, if they say they want someone who can establish rapport with customers, use that phrase when describing your skills. A resume isn’t just a record of your job history. It’s an important personal marketing tool. Customize yours for every job opening to increase your chances of landing the gig.

3. Highlight your customer service and sales skills.

Being able to provide a great experience to customers is a key to being a successful budtender. In your cover letter or in your interview, talk about what you consider a great visit to a cannabis dispensary and how you can make it happen for your customers.

Before your interview, think of a story you can share about a time you helped a customer make a decision. Or, describe a time that you used sales skills to increase company revenue. A former server, for instance, can describe how they convinced restaurant guests to stay for dessert or add a bottle of wine to a special meal.

4. Get familiar with the dispensaries in your area.

The more customized your approach, the more likely you are to win the job. If you live in the Oakland area, visit several Oakland dispensaries for research. Learn about the offerings and the look and feel of each. This gives you the tools you need to show that you are a cultural match for the shop.

5. Set yourself up for a lateral move.

If the position you want isn’t open or if it’s one that requires experience, don’t give up hope. Instead, change your strategy. Look for other job openings in the cannabis field. It doesn’t matter if it’s cleaning and maintenance, as long as you learn on the job and make an excellent impression. Once you are in, you are in a position to hear about new openings first. You can build up your resume and your knowledge to make you a better fit for the role that is your ultimate goal.

6. Use your networks.

Far more jobs are filled by word of mouth than by online job ads. Talk to the people who you know both personally and professionally. You may know someone who has a lead for a shop that is looking for new personnel.

7. Thank your interviewer.

If you get as far as an interview, make a good impression during and after by being friendly, open, and establishing good rapport. After your interview, take a few minutes to pen a hand-written thank you note for sharing their time with you. This used to be common job hunt etiquette, but has largely fallen out of favor. By making this unusual move, you can make yourself stick out from the crowd.

8. Emphasize your soft skills.

Most dispensaries aren’t just looking for someone to run a register. They want someone who is warm and approachable. Being able to put first-time visitors at ease is a soft skill that is vital for a successful dispensary worker. You should also be able to show that you are a good multitasker who can switch easily from task to task.

If you are passionate about cannabis and want to be part of this industry, that enthusiasm should come out in your resume, your cover letter and your interview. Take the time to hone your pitch to show your local dispensary that you are an excellent fit.