Most folks starting out in the fashion industry are broke. We live on H&M and 99 cent pizza places, and many of us work a part-job in addition to attending school and interning. Every speaker stressed that yes, it is totally okay to work at the world’s top fashion companies–and at Office Depot on the side. In fact, it is even recommended!
Grace Coddington (yes, that Grace Coddington) told the crowd of her days waiting tables in Europe early on in her career. In fact, it was while she was working at a coffee shop that she met a man who introduced her to famed photographer Norman Parkinson–which lead to her big break in modeling. Working and saving every penny in high school/college will give you an incredible foundation when you need to make the big move to New York/Paris/London/Milan, and it looks good on a resume that you were willing to do menial work. Believe me, you will thank yourself later.