Today it feels like the Internet has given start-ups, entrepreneurs and writers more avenues for people to go from nothing to something. As a developing writer and designer, it feels like the Internet has both diluted the talent emerging on the scene, but also given lucky individuals a place to shine in an environment they probably wouldn't have otherwise if it weren't for them becoming internet famous. Ever since downloading the Instagram app I've found countless girls that have made it from nothing to something due to gathering a large internet following by a stroke of luck. They started a blog, people started sharing it and then over time they've gained hundreds of thousands of followers to over a million. To me it seems unbelievable, but at the same time doable by anyone with a vision and persistence.
One blogger than I follow, Rumi Neely, is a prime example of an Internet famous blogger who was nothing short of ordinary until her online shop and blog began creating a buzz online.
"Blogging gave me access to the fashion world that I had only dreamed about having, and has done so much for training my eye," says Neely, who initially launched her blog alongside her eBay vintage store, Treasure Chest Vintage, in 2008. "The things I look out for when looking at clothes are so crazily specific now that it really was a very natural thing to start conceptualizing my own line." (from Hollywood Reporter)
Today, it feels like having a prominent online presence can open as many doors as having a PhD for young adults entering the professional world. Obviously, it may depend on the field you're going into, but at least for me, a person interested in the arts and entertainment, a large Internet following could be more important than having an education in itself. Not that I think getting an education is pointless, obviously, I'm in school studying design, but I have found that there is also a lot of value in your every day life experiences and how being involved and active in the industry or world around you is just as important. Constantly networking, being in uncomfortable situations and learning about new people, places and things, helps young self sufficient entrepreneurs take on life and develop an "eye" needed in the fields of PR, design, music and writing. Sometimes I feel that school is just a formality that introduces you to new people for those who have a hard time doing this in the real world, but doesn't quite teach you everything or anything you need to know that's relevant for moving forward in your desired career path.
I'm not sure what needs to change in school cirriculums in the world of design, writing, journalism, or the arts in general for that matter, but I feel like there needs to be more emphasis in urging these students to pursue internships, abroad programs and less of an emphasis of school, for them to get the full scope of the desired industry they're working towards.