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Life and Work with Sydney Scarola

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sydney Scarola.

Sydney, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I wish I could say that fashion has been a love of mine since I was little, but that’s not the case. It wasn’t until I was older, around age 17, that I became enthralled with the world of fashion. It began when I dyed my hair platinum–which has since then resulted in every cut, style, and color of the rainbow–that I started to see the influence that dying my hair had on my style. My individuality radically changed and along with it, my style. Another integral part of this journey has been my mom. She has always been my style icon. I don’t think I realized it initially, but she definitely had a subliminal impact on my progression into the world of fashion. Over my last few years of high school, fashion became increasingly more important to me–beyond the material aspect. That’s when it came to my attention that I eventually wanted to pursue a career and lifestyle that revolves around my passion. After spending my first year of college at CU Boulder (and really not liking it), I knew it was time for an adjustment. I took a big leap and decided I wanted to go to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. With its world-renowned name and abundance of career-oriented resources, it just seemed like the right thing for me.

Has it been a smooth road?
Is any journey worthwhile ever truly smooth sailing? I think my first struggle was the decision to dye my hair. I knew I wanted to do it, but friends and family were unsure of my idea. As a young and impressionable teenager, I was nervous because this wasn’t a “normal” thing to do where I lived. I have grown and reflected on this moment, now realizing that this was the decision that made me not care about other’s opinions, especially negative ones. I appreciate that from a relatively young age, I had this mindset because I value it as a part of my being now. As I’ve continued my journey, it’s become apparent that I will get a lot of disapproving head nods and looks of confusion about my hair or outfits. I’ve learned to not care because I feel and look good. Too many people are caught up in what other people think, and it can be debilitating and confusing when trying to find and establish your sense of self. Being confident is one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in life so far, especially within the realm of fashion. People aren’t always going to understand why I wear something or why my hair is a certain color, and that’s ok. I accept it and move on because the only opinion that matters is my own.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on.
I am currently attending school at FIT as well as assuming the Talent Acquisition Coordinator role at the Brobston Group–a luxury fashion recruiting and consulting firm. This position has really given me experience and insight into the industry. I think as a student and aspiring worker within the field, this job has been important to developing a real-life understanding of how the industry works. I think my role has been a space of personal and professional growth as I take on key responsibilities within a mature environment. I appreciate a lot of aspects of my work as it has been very helpful in guiding me within the fashion world.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
My parents have been the most influential part in setting me up for success. I have always admired their work ethic and want to succeed–it has singlehandedly shaped me into who I am today. I’m thankful to have such phenomenal and inspiring role models, and every second I get older, I recognize that more. To say I’m thankful is an understatement; they’re truly amazing.

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