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Meet Trailblazer Molly Workman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Molly Workman.

Molly, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I became obsessed with clothing at an early age, I was always pissing off my mom cutting up and reconstructing my clothes. I was ditching my high school classes to go to night school for sewing and illustration. I was accepted to Otis College of Art in Design in Los Angeles in 2012 where the work really began. I was a really dedicated student but struggled a lot my first year, by the time when I graduated in 2015, I was on the dean’s list. Before I even graduated, I knew I wanted to pursue bridal and everyone told me I was crazy and would never get a job. Now, I’ve been working in the bridal industry for nearly four years and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’m so thankful for all the struggles Ive endured throughout my career, they’re such a constant reminder that I love what I do and if I wasn’t creating I would die. I think my biggest struggle still is that my work is very personal, every decision I make on a piece has a reason or is tied to an experience that is part of me. I’ve been so incredibly blessed to see my artwork come to life but it leaves me feeling very vulnerable. I think the best piece of advice I could give someone starting out in the industry is to remember that creativity is not an endless supply, you need to continue to nurture and love yourself to be the greatest artist you can. Above all, protect yourself because you’re the only person looking out for you at the end of the day, and sometimes, it is personal.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a fashion designer and illustrator. My focus in the industry has been on bridal and social occasion gowns. I worked for a fairly prominent bridal company for 2.5 years then split last year to pursue ghost-designing for other brands and focusing on being a more thoughtful creator. I would say im known for designs that feel bridal, but unfussy and easy. I want to create beautiful and thoughtful gowns for girls who give a damn about the world and what it means to be an authentic powerful female. I think that’s what sets me apart.

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
Do the work yourself. I fought really hard for what I wanted and it serves as a reminder every day that I need to keep going. Find someone who really inspires you and never sacrifice your mental well-being for a paycheck.

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