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Even if you have no prior industry experience, a network and connections or a fashion school degree.


I learned a lot about the industry from my conversations with Maria, such as teaching me how to better find the internship I want and plan for my future career and giving me a lot of resources. She is not only a good mentor, but more like a good friend. I am grateful for the advice she provided for me.

I learned a lot about the industry from my conversations with Maria, such as teaching me how to better find the internship I want and plan for my future career and giving me a lot of resources. She is not only a good mentor, but more like a good friend. I am grateful for the advice she provided for me.

MAGGIE LEI

GRADUATE STUDENT | LIM COLLEGE

SAY YES! IF YOU'VE FELT THIS BEFORE:

You dream of starting a career in fashion, but don't know where to start.

You're tired of applying to job after job and not getting anywhere.

You've tried other courses that promise you the world, but have minimal hands-on support and just fill you up with templates.

You can't seem to find fashion opportunities that pay. Everyone just wants to hire volunteers or interns for free.

You feel like you're on your own in this process of starting or furthering your fashion career; no one around you understands.

You dream of starting a career in fashion, but don't know where to start.

You're tired of applying to job after job and not getting anywhere.

You can't seem to find fashion opportunities that pay. Everyone just wants to hire volunteers or interns for free.

You feel like you're on your own in this process of furthering your fashion career; no one around you understands.

SAY YES! IF THIS IS YOU:

You dream of starting a career in fashion, but don't know where to start.

You're tired of applying to job after job and not getting anywhere.

You've tried other courses that promise you the world, but have minimal hands-on support and just fill you up with templates.

You can't seem to find fashion opportunities that pay. Everyone just wants to hire volunteers or interns for free.

You feel like you're on your own in this process of furthering your fashion career; no one around you understands.

Trust me, I get it.

I know what it's like to have ZERO industry connections and feel

like you're stuck working free job after free job with no opportunities in sight.

I know what it's like to have ZERO industry connections and feel like you're stuck working free job after free job with no opportunities in sight.

Growing up, I didn't always have a voice...but my clothes did.

Whether it was the clothes I was making for my Barbie dolls at age 5 or the ones I was selling to customers at my first retail job at 15, I knew that what you wore told an important story. As a kid, I was anxious and introverted (I still am!), but I loved making things beautiful and making people feel beautiful, too. I didn't know it then, but even at age 5, I had already chosen my career in fashion.

I couldn't afford to have unpaid internships in school, I had to work.

While my classmates were interning at these giant fashion houses for free, I had to work my full time job in order to pay for school, books, transportation, etc. etc. Homework was done on my commute (it was a 1 hour train ride each way) and every single weekend was spent working in order to meet my 40-hour per week full time status.

I graduated college during one of the worst financial crises this country had ever seen...

Needless to say, no one was hiring. We were handed our diplomas and a reminder that our student loans were due the next day. On top of that, I was laid off from my job due to the failing economy. It was the first time in a long time where I found myself with absolutely nothing to do. After spending the last 4 years running around working and studying, I felt like a FAILURE.

I started volunteering at fashion shows to learn as much as I could.

Even though these shows didn't pay me anything, I knew the knowledge and hands-on experience I could gain from just being there was invaluable. No matter the show or the task, I did it all as if it was my full time job; soaking in as much information as possible while doing the best work I could do. I did this for TEN YEARS on and off as I continued to grow my career.

Growing up, I didn't always have a voice... but my clothes did.

Whether it was the clothes I was making for my Barbie dolls at age 5 or the ones I was selling to customers at my first retail job at 15, I knew that what you wore told an important story. As a kid, I was anxious and introverted (I still am!), but I loved making things beautiful and making people feel beautiful, too. I didn't know it then, but even at age 5, I had already chosen my career in fashion.

I couldn't afford to have unpaid internships in school, I had to work.

While my classmates were interning at these giant fashion houses for free, I had to work my full time job in order to pay for school, books, transportation, etc. etc. Homework was done on my commute (it was a 1 hour train ride each way) and every single weekend was spent working in order to meet my 40-hour per week full time status.

I graduated college during one of the worst financial crises this country had ever seen...

Needless to say, no one was hiring. We were handed our diplomas and a reminder that our student loans were due the next day. On top of that, I was laid off from my job due to the failing economy. It was the first time in a long time where I found myself with absolutely nothing to do. After spending the last 4 years running around working and studying, I felt like a FAILURE.

I started volunteering at fashion shows to learn as much as I could.

Even though these shows didn't pay me anything, I knew the knowledge and hands-on experience I could gain from just being there was invaluable. No matter the show or the task, I did it all as if it was my full time job; soaking in as much information as possible while doing the best work I could do. I did this for TEN years - on and off as I continued to grow my career.

I took every opportunity that came my way and just said YES.

YES TO LEARNING.

YES TO GROWING.

YES TO EXPERIENCING.

I took every opportunity that came my way and just said YES.

YES TO LEARNING.

YES TO GROWING.

YES TO EXPERIENCING.

And I discovered...

Opportunities don't just fall into your lap. You have to go out, find them and make them happen. You have to envision yourself doing what you always dreamed of doing and then fighting like hell to make that dream a reality.

Opportunities don't just fall into your lap. You have to go out, find them and make them happen. You have to envision yourself doing what you always dreamed of doing and then fighting like hell to make that dream a reality.

PSST...WANNA KNOW A SECRET

PSST...WANT TO KNOW A SECRET

The reason I was able to start volunteering backstage at NY Fashion Week? I overheard 2 students talking about a professor who allowed her students to be on her volunteer team. Apparently she had a strict policy about only having her students on this list. I obviously wasn't in her class, but I knew I had to be on that volunteer list.

So, I pretended to be in her class, told the girls I had lost her email address and could they give it to me? They did!


That same day, I emailed the professor in my most professional manner asking if I could work backstage with her even though I wasn't in her class. She got back to me that night, praised me for my professionalism and officially confirmed I was on the volunteer list!


The very next day, I was working backstage at my first ever New York Fashion Week show: Oscar de la Renta.


Eighteen years and 35 seasons later, I still get an adrenaline rush working backstage at Fashion Week. Only now, instead of dressing models, I produce the shows.

The reason I was able to start volunteering backstage at NY Fashion Week? I overheard 2 students talking about a professor who allowed her students to be on her volunteer team. Apparently she had a strict policy about only having her students on this list. I obviously wasn't in her class, but I knew I had to be on that volunteer list. So, I pretended to be in her class, told the girls I had lost her email address and could they give it to me? They did!


That same day, I emailed the professor in my most professional manner asking if I could work backstage with her even though I wasn't in her class. She got back to me that night, praised me for my professionalism and officially confirmed I was on the volunteer list!


The very next day, I was working backstage at my first ever New York Fashion Week show: Oscar de la Renta.


Eighteen years and 35 seasons later, I still get an adrenaline rush working backstage at Fashion Week. Only now, instead of dressing models, I produce the shows.

just imagine

Shifting your mindset is the most powerful way to make an impact within your career while developing your skills and experience as a fashion professional.

Change Your Perspective to become a stronger, more confident Fashion professional

IT'S 100% POSSIBLE...

I CAN HELP YOU DO THIS!

just imagine.

Shifting your mindset is the most powerful way to make an impact within your career while developing your skills and experience as a fashion professional.

Change Your Perspective to become a stronger, more confident Fashion professional

IT'S 100% POSSIBLE...

I CAN HELP YOU DO THIS!

I’ve been in the fashion industry for over 20 years and in that time, I've realized that there are

very specific actions a person needs to take that will make all the difference when working to get the job that will open doors to a fashion career.

Are you ready to do the work?

I’ve been in the fashion industry over 20 years and in that time, I've realized that there are very specific actions

a person needs to take that will make all the difference

when working to get the job that will open doors to a fashion career.

Are you ready to do the work?

A members-only network where fashion professionals of all experience levels come together to learn, connect and grow.

A members-only network where fashion professionals of all experience levels

come together to learn, connect and grow.

what you'll get

When you become an FCC member, your subscription includes:

FASHION CAREER STAGE ASSESSMENT BREAKDOWN + TRAINING

The Fashion Career Collective experience walks you through a 4-stage success path designed to help you reach your career goals faster and with more ease. Once you take the assessment, you'll get access to customized content that will meet you where you are right now.

A COMMUNITY OF FASHION PROFESSIONALS INSIDE OUR PRIVATE GROUP

Our private FCC group is for members only. It is where all updates are made regarding new events and happenings within our membership. The group is also the place to go to with questions, concerns, when you need feedback, advice or anytime you want to celebrate a WIN.

WELCOME VIDEO ONBOARDING SERIES

Hit the ground running with our Welcome video on-boarding series that will guide you to all of the resources available to you within the membership so you can fully immerse yourself in it from Day 1.

NEW CONTENT EACH WEEK BASED ON A MONTHLY CAREER THEME

Each month spotlights a different must-know fashion industry topic to immerse yourself in - from networking to personal branding to interview strategies and far beyond. Expand your skills dramatically.

TAILORED CAREER ACCELERATION TEMPLATES

Comprehensive swipe files, templates, guides and downloadable PDFs focused on that month’s topic equip you with portfolio layouts, cover letters, cold emails and more so you can execute like a pro.

SIGNATURE MASTERCLASSES ON CAREER-FOCUSED TOPICS

Led by Maria, these virtual workshops focus on a different fashion career topic each month. Each workshop aims to expand your strategic perspectives while unlocking applicable new abilities to power your fashion career goals.

PRACTICAL MONTHLY CAREER CHALLENGES

Monthly career challenges reinforce lessons through real-world application. Each month’s focus area launches a hands-on challenge to cement abilities through practice and putting into practice lessons and templates within the month.

...AND MORE BONUSES!

what you'll get.

When you become an FCC member, your subscription includes:

FASHION CAREER STAGE ASSESSMENT BREAKDOWN + TRAINING

The Fashion Career Collective experience walks you through a 4-stage success path designed to help you reach your career goals faster and with more ease. Once you take the assessment, you'll get access to customized content that will meet you where you are right now.

A COMMUNITY OF FASHION PROFESSIONALS INSIDE OUR PRIVATE GROUP

Our private FCC group is for members only. It is where all updates are made regarding new events and happenings within our membership. The group is also the place to go to with questions, concerns, when you need feedback, advice or anytime you want to celebrate a WIN.

WELCOME VIDEO ONBOARDING SERIES

Hit the ground running with our Welcome video on-boarding series that will guide you to all of the resources available to you within the membership so you can fully immerse yourself in it from Day 1.

NEW CONTENT EACH WEEK BASED ON A MONTHLY CAREER THEME

Each month spotlights a different must-know fashion industry topic to immerse yourself in - from networking to personal branding to interview strategies and far beyond. Expand your skills dramatically.

TAILORED CAREER ACCELERATION TEMPLATES

Comprehensive swipe files, templates, guides and downloadable PDFs focused on that month’s topic equip you with portfolio layouts, cover letters, cold emails and more so you can execute like a pro.

SIGNATURE MASTERCLASSES ON CAREER-FOCUSED TOPICS

Led by Maria, these virtual workshops focus on a different fashion career topic each month. Each workshop aims to expand your strategic perspectives while unlocking applicable new abilities to power your fashion career goals.

PRACTICAL MONTHLY CAREER CHALLENGES

Monthly career challenges reinforce lessons through real-world application. Each month’s focus area launches a hands-on challenge to cement abilities through practice and putting into practice lessons and templates within the month.

... AND MORE BONUSES!

I'M MARIA HEDIAN

I'M MARIA HEDIAN

Twenty years in this industry working with students, grads, interns and fashion enthusiasts have given me the tools needed to help you on your career path. Stick with me and I'll show you the fundamentals you need in order to start or further your career in the fashion industry successfully and with confidence.

Twenty years in this industry working with students, grads, interns and fashion enthusiasts have given me the tools needed to help you on your career path.

Stick with me and I'll show you the fundamentals you need in order to start or further your career in the fashion industry successfully and with confidence.

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