Brandon Campbell, creator of Little Rock Fashion Week, told students to become a star among students while in college. Campbell spoke at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Merchandising, Textiles and Design Program’s Speaker Series event recently. He shared his experiences in the fashion and entertainment industries and gave advice to aspiring students.
“What are you waiting for?” Campbell asked. “If you want to design, design. If you want to build a business, build a business. Nobody is stopping you.”
“College is the best time of your life to take full advantage of being a star in whatever your chosen field of study is,” he said. “You can mess up and nobody will fire you for it.”
Campbell told students that success takes sacrifice and risks. “What you are doing now will dictate what you’ll be doing later,” he said. “So many people want success overnight without putting in the work, but it doesn’t work that way.”
He told those in the packed classroom audience that they should take pride in their work and foster relationships along the way.
UAPB’s Department of Human Sciences’ Merchandising, Textiles and Design Program’s Speaker Series is designed so students can learn more about career possibilities in the industry, according to Dr. Kaye Crippen, associate professor.
“Students need to know how to sell and market themselves in a very competitive industry, and what employers and supervisors actually look for when selecting and evaluating interns and graduates,” she said.
Campbell stressed the importance of getting recognized while in school, during internships and in every job along the way.
“Everything you do in internships and jobs will follow you,” he said. “Take pride in what you do. If you’re going to do something, do it right. It has your name on it.”
Campbell, who started LRFW in 2009, is a graduate of University of Iowa. He began in the fashion and entertainment industries at E! Entertainment and Style Network.
He encouraged the audience to be respectful to bosses and assistants “because you never know what position you may be in in the future.” He also told them to expect to hear the word “no” some along the way.
“Allow the word ‘no’ to help you, not discourage you,” he said. “A lot of people doubted me, but I never doubted myself. It was the ‘nos’ that helped make me into who I am today.
“You are in the perfect place to start your career,” he said, “but it’s up to you to start it.”
For more information about the Merchandising, Textiles and Design Program at UAPB or the Speaker Series, call Dr. Crippen at 870-575-8367 or Kalari Turner at 870-575-8813. Also, visit the program’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theuapbfashionnetwork.