One local fashion designer who has enjoyed international success for many years started by making a silk camisole for herself. Friends noticed and began to place orders. Slowly the developing business took over the family home so her husband decided to rent a small studio. There she toiled away with a single seamstress. One day a friend decided it was a great idea to use their connections to send the Eatons' buyers to her studio. This designer really had no idea what was expected. In walked the Eatons' buyers in suits and there she stood with four lonely garments hanging on a rack.
Christmas order - her first large order ever. She had to hire 2 more seamstresses and work until the wee hours of the morning, but she managed to deliver the box of garments on the final day allowed for delivery.
My interviews are often full of these priceless tidbits from someone's life experiences. As the person is talking I see the event running like a movie in my mind. Not all stories are happy, and not all have fabulous outcomes, but they definitely add flavour to the interview. Those moments have also taught me it's okay to learn by doing.
My new mantra - "We all start somewhere."