Any person you meet who’s “made it” says the same thing about the key to living out your dream, ‘hard work and dedication.’ It is the only legitimate way to get what you want according to Torontonian Marcus Kan who has successful built an impressive reputation for himself in the fashion industry.
Today, Marcus is the events coordinator for FAJO Magazine, contributor for SWIDE by Dolce & Gabbana, and the creator of two sites called “A la Mode: Fusion of Effects and Draw a Dot, where he covers fashion and illustration. It is his creative flare and unique eye which makes him stand out among many wanting to walk in his shoes. He says, “It was not an easy path to pursue my career. When I first started out, people around me were not very supportive and it was also very hard when you had no connection in this industry.” Networking is key to getting anywhere these days and that is exactly what led Marcus to SWIDE, “I have a friend who worked at Dolce & Gabbana at that time and while we were talking online, he asked me if I would want to write for SWIDE…without thinking twice, I gave him YES as the answer!”
Since then he has been able to curate illustration projects for the magazine which has opened him up to the international platform. He channels his creativity through his inspiration of pop culture which also helps him stay relevant in a constantly changing business. He counts his favourite Canadian designers as, “Caitlin Power, Sunny Fong from VAWK and Golnaz Ashtiani…I can see each of them will have an international market very soon.” As for international designers, Christopher Bailey from Burberry, Sarah Burton from Alexander McQueen and Dolce & Gabbana are always in his top five personal favourites. He’s even caught the attention of a very prestigious name is fashion:
“My proudest moment was probably the time when the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) recognized my Draw A Dot. website this year. I still remember the day when I saw the organization mentioned my site on its Facebook page, I felt surreal and excited. It’s hard to have a site be recognized by an international organization like this and I can proudly say, ‘I made it!’”
It’s all about who you know, and today, those words could not be truer. Master the art of networking. It’s not about throwing your business card around; it’s about making genuine professional bonds with like-minded people. He says it couldn’t have been possible without the people of Toronto, “I think the best part of working in Toronto is the friends I make in this industry. I am lucky to be able to meet some very nice people here and without their help, I might not be able to achieve many goals in the past few years.”
What’s Marcus’ advice to young adults looking to break out? “You need to focus on your long term goal and don’t let irrelevant people affect your mind. If whatever you are doing right now is your dream, keep doing it.”
Posted by Samira Zia Rehman