The Problem With The 518 Fashion Scene

July 23, 2019  •  10 Comments

Models, we got um, creative designers, we manufacture them, talented photographers, coming from every corner of the area, stylists and creative directors, I've worked with them, the area has an emerging plathora of them. So why has Albany still not taken off as the upstate fashion hub? Simple answer. Small town mentality! 

Having personally worked some of the biggest and best productions in the area, (Stitched Volume and Hair Show, Curvention, Capricorn Bash and Hudsons Forever Young Show ) I can say with 100 percent confidence that the talent and creativity is right here to rock the states fashion scene and maybe even grow to national recognition. These shows, while different and produced to speak to different demographics were outstanding productions and instead of fueling conflict among directors and producers should serve to light a spark under the collective butt's of everyone in the area of what this areais capable of bringing to the table. Not only did these shows set the bar by which future shows in the area should be judged.but they also showcased the creativity, artistry and drive of the people leading the charge. 

While the shows have been great and the depth of talent has been showcased. The 518 still continues to struggle to find its  identity as a fashion stronghold.  The problem is really quite simple. Small areas struggle to work together because they subscribe to the belief that for a star to shine another has to fall. This belief is the chain that helps to restrict areas from reaching their full potential. Why slam a production because you were not selected from a casting call. Maybe you were just not right for the show, maybe people were better, maybe it takes more then a pretty face to be a model and maybe you should utilize that failure to work harder. Whatever the case, improvement only happens when you take responsibility for your own failures and work to overcome them and succeed. Understanding that slamming another production, model, photographer or designer does not elevate your position among area artists, it rather serves to diminish your star and make others reluctant to work with you. For goodness sake let you talent and hard work stand on its own merit.

People are increasingly leaving this area to further thier chosen artistic endeavors. Everyone that I have talked to has not left because of lack of opportunity but rather the clicks that have emerged and the unprofessional manner that business is conducted. Although I totally agree that this phenomenon can be exhausting and frustrating those of us who either cannot or will not leave the area need to put our collective heads together and work on fixing it. Although there have been some great efforts to have mixers and social opportunities to bring groups together but these efforts have mostly fell flat.   I'm thinking it needs something more, a deeper approach. Something that unites us. 

I'm interested to hear your feedback and ideas feel free to comment. Thank you. 






Tracy Simone(non-registered)
Many of the people in the 518 are not willing to do what it takes. Unfortunately, that costs them opportunities that are actually here. Most will not take the time to learn the BUSINESS end of things, learn how to promote and conduct themselves professionally or to provide the product that is actually in demand. I know people from other cities who travel to the 518 and take some of the jobs that are here right from under the locals. People need to take a good long hard look in the mirror, examine how they present themselves online and at networking events, pay attention to who is in their network and how those folks also conduct themselves, roll up their sleeves, and then get to work. Most of the people in the area cannot even name the agents who cover the 518 and could get them paid work. Then, they don't do what it takes to get the jobs. It is really disappointing to see because there is a ton of talent here but there is also a serious lack of professionalism and hard work.
Great article would love to see more going on in the 518 area. We have had to bring our daughter to the city for the last 7 years for modeling opportunities. She has now been invited for legitimate opportunities in our hometown area and she has been happy working and meeting all the great professionals that are right here in our back yard. Keep up the great work .
Shelly <3(non-registered)
Everyone in the 518 needs to read this- if we spent more time uniting than dividing we would all be richer in love & finances. Rather than elevating and helping one another, clapping for someone who did an amazing job- folk would rather be negative and defame the next hard worker. It’s a sad truth/ everyone could eat if positivity was brought to the table for breakfast lunch & dinner!
Real solid blog post here! It’s what I’ve been saying forever. Progressive collaboration can foster growth and open doors for so many opportunities! A lot of people keep saying that “the money is in the city”, like somehow no one in Albany works...

I have so much more to say but this was amazing Mark keep blogging.
Victoria Thompson(non-registered)
Absolutely correct I definitely do agree and it’s definitely unfortunate if there was a way that we can come back together and get things back on track I would love that but I will have to see that first and see real improvement by others because I did my fair share and I’m always willing to do more with the right people.
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