Today we’d like to introduce you to Brynn Cameron.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Brynn. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I moved from North Carolina to LA right after college and was lucky enough to secure a job in the entertainment industry reasonably quickly. After spending the majority of my life performing (singing, dancing, acting), I wasn’t entirely happy working a 9-5 corporate job at a television network, even though I loved what I was doing. It didn’t take long for me to realize what I sorely lacked: a creative outlet. After that, it was a no-brainer. I already spent a (probably unhealthy) amount of time flicking through the pictures of fashion Instagrammers, and with my new office job, I couldn’t be quite as free with my wardrobe as I would have liked, and as LA seemed to demand. So I began a fashion & lifestyle Instagram in April of 2018.
I experimented with my closet, tried things I would never have dared to wear to the grocery store, and shared them with the no one who was following me. And it was FUN! It was freeing, and soon people did follow along. I don’t like that word though, “follower.” Because “follower” implies a sort of one-sidedness, but it’s the two-way interaction that makes it all so fun. So now I work by day in television, and by night in the world of fashion Instagramming. Oh, and I now wear absolutely everything to the grocery store.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
For me, the biggest obstacle was figuring out what I should be doing with my life. There’s this weird rut after college that I think a lot of people experience where you’re sort of at an impasse. You know you’ll be good at something. You’ve been told this by your family, or friends, or teachers, and hey – you graduated from college! But… what will you be good at, and what will you ENJOY being good at? People say to do what you love, but that can feel like a huge, overwhelming thing to figure out. “Well, what do I love…?” The reason it can be so difficult to pinpoint our “passion” is that we look for a specific label, a “craft.” We want to be able to say, “I’m a painter! I love animals, I must be a vet!” but sometimes our passions are a bit less clear-cut than that. I love film and television, but that isn’t all. I also have a crazy passion for style – and a firm belief that whatever YOU feel good in, whatever YOU love is what you should wear — no apologies. So at this point, I think I’ve discovered my dream job: Working in entertainment/marketing while working a second job as a style Instagrammer. The biggest challenge for me was letting myself love a lot of things and figuring out how to do them. What do you do a lot? Now narrow that list to the things you enjoy doing, you do it a lot because you want to. Well, that’s it. Find a way to do that in more and different ways!
What should we know about Wearsbrynn? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Regarding my Instagram, I specialize in fashion inspiration. Specifically, I wear what feels fun and daring and new for me that day, and I work to encourage people to figure out what they’re excited about wearing (even if it’s a little scary, or they “don’t think they could pull it off”). Part of how I do this is by shooting my pictures out in the world. I want people to see that I am wearing what I’m wearing, on the street, at the store, in a beautiful field, etc. Be bold in your choices, and then wear them with pride!
What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
Thinking that we don’t have anything important to say. I feel like we’re at a point in our society, where women know that they don’t need to be apologetic about themselves and that they have the right to speak their minds and share their opinions. With that comes the pressure of saying something different, or essential, and having the confidence to put importance behind your thoughts is almost more difficult than mustering up the courage to speak in general. But we’re all different by design, so what we genuinely believe IS important, because no one else feels and thinks in exactly the same way.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wearsbrynn/
Pictures by Brynn Cameron, Nigel Story, & Julie Tecsen