How This 20-Year-Old from India Became a Freelance Fashion Designer
How this 20-year-old from India became a freelance fashion designer (with no experience)

SFF152: How this 20-Year-Old from India Became a Freelance Fashion Designer (With No Experience)

The high cost of fashion school shouldn’t be the thing that keeps you from working in the industry you love. Yes, it is possible to break into the fashion industry without a fashion degree, without industry experience, without connections, AND without living in NYC! Today’s guest, Arya Mishra, is a 20-year-old, self-taught designer in India. She started out as a freelancer exclusively offering fashion flats, and within the first two months she already had multiple clients paying her $20 an hour—and more lined up!

Don’t let fashion industry myths keep you from pursuing your dream. Fashion is a challenging industry, but with the right tools and a lot of determination, you CAN become a Successful Fashion Freelancer.

In the interview (which you’ll love), we will cover:

  • Why Arya decided to bypass fashion school (and why you might want to, too)
  • The key things that made Arya’s move into fashion possible
  • How she learned the marketable skills she needed to freelance 
  • How she markets herself and finds clients
  • And more!

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About Arya

Arya Mishra is a freelance fashion designer who lives in India. At just 20 years old, she taught herself to draw fashion flats and technical sketches and started freelancing. She loves to help startup and small fashion brands translate their designs into usable digital flats so they can bring their vision to life. In her free time, Arya is an avid reader and loves to travel.

Loved this episode? Don’t miss SFF148: How She Built an International Freelance Fashion Design Agency from India!

Resources & People Mentioned

  • Free resources for SFF Podcast listeners!
  • Connect with Arya on LinkedIn
  • Follow Arya on Instagram
  • Want to work with Arya? Email aryamishra174 [AT] gmail [DOT] com

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