You know, the best underdog stories are the ones were someone has a dream and every time they try and realize it they get turned down or metaphorically punched in the gut only to persevere until finally their dreams come true. Very few people, who have great success stories, are without a few gut punches.
Consider my gut punched.
As opposed to taking a month to decide whether to accept what I offered, they took 5 minutes.
I am TOTALLY new to this industry so I wasn't completely naive to think that I had completely nailed it, but I thought I was pretty darn close. Maybe just a few helpful tweaks here and there. The message I got, in the 10 whole minutes spent with me, was that I was no where near anything they would even pretend to consider.
What is the industry you ask with baited breath?
Please let us in on the secret, you say, so we can collectively form a mob and demand them to reconsider (just kidding.....I generally resort to humor at times like this)
Yup. The thing that has been keeping me up at nights, and burning my soul with a drive I have never felt before, is a need to create a fabric line.
And they hated it.
All 55 pieces.
It was too geometric.
That's how I designed it. I like the geometric look.
She couldn't see a main pattern design.
That would be the one I created very first and patterned subsequent designs after. But it was too geometric and she could not get past that.
I am still really proud of what I created. I wish she would have been able to see the potential, but she didn't and I can't dwell on that too much.
She did invite me to submit other designs.
For now, I will submit my current designs to a few other manufactures around the country. In January I will resume designing a NEW line and go from there.
The punch hurts.
And I've had a good cry. I really thought I had something not just good, but great to offer them. To not have even come close it what stings the most.
Still, I have given myself a year on this journey. Hopefully, not too many more punches, but if that's the road I'm on, I'll take them with pride.
Now that YOU know the road, I'm sure to be more free with all the ups and downs.
Do you want a sneak pick of the designs?
Here you go......
There are many, many more, and the colors are a little more vibrant than in the picture, but I don't want to give everything away.
Someday I will have a fabric line.
I just need to wait for my stomach to heal a little first and then get back into the ring.