We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Wilson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittany, why did you pursue a creative career?
I chose a creative career because naturally I am a creative. Growing up as a child I had visions and goals to be a fashion designer. I can remember the joy it would bring me to sit and check out fashion shows and just being able to put my own twist on clothing that I knew no one else would have. As I grew older I lost sight of that and went towards what was normal which was to go to college, graduate, and get a job in that field. I did that, I seen others do that and after some time it wasn’t quite fulfilling. While working my first job after college I decided to open up my online boutique and around the same time I also taught myself how to sew from YouTube videos. That is where I discovered my passion of sewing and actively sought to do what I love.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I would not be where I am today without first having the passion. I can remember growing up creating new pieces from store bought items and wanting to learn how to sew with no one to teach me. One day I got on YouTube and learned how to sew with tutorials from MiMi G. Being a visual learner helped me tremendously but I was most certainly dedicated. There were some rough patches in sewing but I never gave up, I always wanted to learn more so I stayed up late nights working on my garments that I wanted to construct, researched how various techniques were done, ordered sewing reference books and I put what I learned to work! It was really all about repetition for me and I’m still learning new things everyday. I’m simply thankful that I am able to work on my craft daily whether it be between with my full-time job, creating custom items, instructing a sewing class, alterations, or sewing for my brand.
It’s important to know that your journey isn’t going to be like anyone elses, comparison is the devil, and just because you aren’t where you desire to be, keep pushing!!! Put in the work, focus on your path, pray about everything and be consistent. Trust me yall… the struggle is real sometimes and you won’t always be motivated but never quit, surround yourself with those things or people to get your creative juices flowing. I truly believe that you can never quit something that you’re passionate about.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hmmm.. Ok what girl isn’t a foodie right!! lol I live in a very popular football town.. ever heard of “Roll Tide”? Yeahhh, that’s the University of Alabama so of course we will be visiting the campus for a bit and some of my fav restaurants in the downtown area. First stop we’re headed to Urban Bar & Kitchen for the ohh so popular Chicken and Waffles. I’ll tell you right now that I am that friend that orders chicken fingers everywhere but to show my girls a good time, I’ll throw a little something in the mix that I wouldn’t normally go for like ethnic cuisine. We can also take a little stroll in the area to walk off all the calories that we just ingested only to eat them again once I call my girl Markeisha at Exquisite Unique Kreations for dessert! OMG, the peanut butter cookies, banana pudding, chocolate covered strawberries are absolutely amazing!! After we’ve gotten a taste of the town, I would show them my favorite spots near the rivers and creeks just to relax and enjoy the sunshine or take a nice hike. I love being outside but sometimes the mosquitos and humid Alabama weather prevents me from doing so.
Oh yeahhh, I cannot forget about Chipotle, whether you like it or not we’re going! If you’re on the Moe’s train consider yourself to have a Uber for the rest of the trip lol I kid, I kid or do I? hahaha
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have a few special people to shoutout. I must first say thank you to my parents as I embarked on this journey because it most certainly has been hills and valleys throughout the process but they’ve been supportive and understanding during the process. Up next I most definetly have to shoutout my mentor, Wesley, and my friend, Ro. Those two people are the reason I was able to take the leap to go for what I love. My mentor took me in and just allowed me to learn so much more about my passion of sewing. Under his wing I became more dedicated to the craft, learning proper techniques when it came to alterations and sewing, and just having first hand experience with the ins and outs of business. My friend Ro helped me to build my confidence in my gift. He helped me to see myself honestly, He encouraged me and pretty much gave me the insight of what it would be like to either “do what you love and see how it goes” or “simply stay comfortable”.