How I Turned My Passion into My Career

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Just wanted to share my personal experiences and tips on my journey of pursuing my dreams. These are some ways that I was able to turn my passion into a full time job but the most important thing is to find what works for you because everyone is different. Thank you for all your support!

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for this inspirational video, i studied fashion design and wanted to do DIY videos but i always found excuses like i have no money, i have no time. I still say that but I totally agree with the fact that if I really want it, I am able to make a way to do it. I struggled at starting my YT channel, but now I am proud to have made videos, even though not a lot a people are watching it. I don't expect people to like my videos, I am just happy to film and editing, I really like doing that. Hopefully, I can drive my passion into career as well. Keep doing good content ! โค๏ธ

  2. Thank April. I agree with it all. Mentorship, stop asking excuses, etc. I also think putting yourself out there is the most important thing, but worry about what other think. Do you!

  3. When you're a community college student that transferred after 1 semester of university working on a thrifted piece for Halloween and you don't know what to do with your life. My life is a hot mess.

  4. I love your ideas and the way you apply them and i like your perfect way in sewing and i wish to be like you someday
    thank you for your tips and i'll try to do what you said
    note:i am a doctor and i want to be a fashionist,sewing and crocheting is my passion

  5. I am still doing my GED at the moment at 20 years old but I have found my passion to be cleaning. I have a job right now cleaning an office building (it's small) in the next town over from me and I absolutely love it. I don't get many hours right now (my choice and my job coach's reccomendation) but I know that it's something I want to pursue further after my job training is over. It makes my anxiety less and also gives me something to focus on that isn't part of my mental illnesses. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also love doing it so that's a plus. Everyone should find what they're passionate about and make it their career!!!

  6. This advice is very essential to the people who dont know what to be in the future. And thats the problem i am facing right now. Thank you so much for the advice April!! You're a true inspiration. Love from the Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ โค๏ธ. Love, puffed marshmallow๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’‹

  7. I actually wanted to quit after this inktober, but now after seeing this video I want to continue my art channel thank you so much for this video!

  8. Thank you for this video! Iโ€™ve always loved drawing and art but I never took it seriously because I didnโ€™t think I would have a chance at making it my career. But I just recently got accepted into uni for a game design program and now I realize that I shouldnโ€™t just keep waiting until then to learn stuff! So Iโ€™m gonna try to draw more and learn things myself and be more prepared beforehand! I hope I can achieve my dreams like you have!

  9. It's funny that you post this video right now. I just found myself with the time to make youtube my job and give it the attention it deserves. Thank you for sharing your tips! Hope I can turn this into something!

  10. When u said believe in yourself and have a mentor, thatโ€™s what you really need ๐ŸŒทI started making more videos but back logged! Whoops still working on my knots!

  11. Honestly I just started YouTube and it was hard at first honestly. I wasn't getting the views I wanted, but ibjist recently realized its notbgoing to happen overtime and that it's going to take time! Let just say I just hit 101 subscribers and I could have had more had I taken YouTube a lot more serious in the beginning. This video motivates me more. Thank uuuu!!

  12. I'm in a similar situation like you, I was able to go to my dream school for 1 semester but I can't afford to keep going unless I take out private loans and I'm too scared to. So I'm going back to my community college and I still feel kind of hopeless about it but I have to keep going. Plus I have the kind of minset where I keep making excuses and telling myself to wait until I have yada yada but I feel like I've waited so long that I don't even know if I still want to be a fashion designer.

  13. I love this video! Good on you for pursuing what you love instead of what would make everyone else happy ๐Ÿ˜Š I love seeing all of the different things you create โค

  14. Great advice. I really enjoy all your videos, and they inspire me to try making new things. Before seeing these, I'd only made outfits off a pattern, but after seeing how you modify clothes and makes new ones without a pattern, gave me the courage and information I needed to make things I imagined and never thought I could.

  15. Thank you for this! Even though I don't see YT as a career, it is defiantly a passion of mine that I don't want to just quit. This is defiantly pushing me to keep going XD

  16. I'm in my late 40s and I still don't know what I want to do lol! I love writing so I'm off of here to finish off the picture story book I have nearly completed ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. April you are the reason why i believed that fashion designing is what i should pursue…My parents wanted me to do something else and i tried it and wasted 3 years…i got my diploma in computer technology but i am more passionate about designing and sewing..so i fought for my dreams..its been 2 years and i proved my parents that i am capable of following my dreams…my boyfriend guided me in this case..and my parents motivated me by saying negative things but yeah now i am going to study fashion in a college next year…i thank you from bottom of my heart that you shared your knowledge here and helped alot of other people like me…while fulfilling your dreams you fulfilled many other people's dreams…โค

  18. I want to be a professionnal dancer and dance teacher here in France! THANK YOU for your advice๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– You give me the courage to believe in my dreams and work work work to achieve my goals! LOVE FROM FRANCE, April! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

  19. I love your videos. iยดm thinking on open a youtube channel, because iยดm also a fashion designer. I have some question that i would like to ask you if it is possible. itยดs not about fashion and itยดs not about diy. itยดs more about doubts I have about using youtube. I would really appreciate if you can help me out. we can communicate via marianinax@gmail.com. Thank you very much

  20. Yay Palomar! I've been to a fair few community colleges that were pretty much an extension of high school and also two universities. Palomar is the perfect blend of the two because it's accessible and yet a serious school that channels 80% of graduates to universities.

    Also, there are SO many great youtubers out there that I have learned so much from and I'm grateful to all of them. Especially you, April!

  21. I really loved this video! I think that you were very thorough and that's what I love about all of your videos. You are great at delivering your message too! I've been following your journey for a few months now and I am always amazed at the amount of talent with a sewing machine you possess but I also know that it takes a lot of practice to get that level. I, like you, wanted to be a fashion designer since I got out of high school and was planning on that as my path to pursue in college. I did graduate with a degree in fashion merchandising which unfortunately isn't really the same thing. I've been struggling a lot with finding a job in design but what did happen that is quite amazing is I work on embroidery machines now. My passion for fashion brought me to a different path that I love now too! I think what I have learned the most from following my dream is you may not land where you expect but you can always make the most of where you are at. Enjoy the journey always because this is your life and you only get one. I'm not really good at sewing clothes but I have found I'm great at quilting. Maybe one day I will try again with the clothes but for now I am living vicariously through you April!

  22. what if i can't even try to turn my passion my carreer because someone else(parents) thinks that it is a loss of time just because it isn't going to give me a diploma?

  23. I loooved the video, you're so inspiring. I just couldn't help but be distracted by the hand movements, they were driving me crazy I had to look away from the video lol

  24. This is very very solid advice! You cover all bases – both the needed work and willpower versus the motivation and support system etc. Thank you, even if the points are something I knew, I still feel more inspired. It's good to know that it DOES pay off sometimes and that you just need to keep working hard. Good luck in all future endeavours!

  25. I needed to hear this today. I had a test that i fail at and i started qustening why i choose this in uni, and that i was not gonna be good at it and it was a waist of time. But then i heared you say "you don't have to like every aspect of it" and i thought that: if i don't have to like everything about this, then i don't need to be excelent in this subject. I just have to pass it and put my energy in that soon i get to do something i like ๐Ÿ˜Š thank you for this video!!!!

  26. April you are great. You speak very positively and your work is awesome. Continue like this and you'll make territory with your name and fashion. Keep inspiring. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜™

  27. Thank you so much. Very well put together and eloquently said. Also a great motivational speaker! Who knew? That could be your back-up thing to do during down times if any. You were batting towards my base and as I listened, I thought of the scripture that says "and a little child shall lead them". Though I am not sewer, it's something I've always thought about doing since a child but never pursued. This is why I like to watch. Keep doing what you love. You're an inspiration. ๐Ÿ˜

  28. Honnestly you're such an inspiration for my own channel. It's so true that me often find excuses and we shouldn't. Continue your hard word you should be proud of your accomplishments !

  29. You made a comment….
    that no one ever tells you that it's going to take Work?

    Seriously….is this from being Handed everything to you??? Things Your Parents had to pay for??? I think this comment is totally irrational and not True.

    Look AROUND YOU… People Work for a living, and pursue their Dreams all the time! And it TAKES WORK. And IT IS HARD because it takes work. AND you have to keep AT IT, until you accomplish the Goal you Set.

    SET GOALS – be realistic, and dream big. Doesn't mean you will get everything at the same time.

    A rocket being launched into space…takes time, effort and a lot of mistakes before it hits its target…Pretty much sums up how Life REALLY IS.

  30. Really nice video from you coolirpa! You really inspired me to think about my passions and start doing what I am good at or what I really like! Thanks a lot and I really love your passion for making own creative things. Lots of love from germany. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. that's very good advice, except one thing i don't really agree with: the last thing you said about taking the negative comments and trying to turn them around, prove them wrong. i don't like to focus much on negative people, i believe in myself and appreciate the positive people. sometimes the negative people can't be turned around even with your best efforts. even if you prove them wrong, they're not gonna change their judgement because they hate your work for a different reason: envy, insecurity, different taste, whatever. often when they are negative to you it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with themselves. it would be a shame to waste your energy on that.
    having said that, taking a negative comment and using it as a booster instead of letting it get you down is of course the better approach.

  32. My dream, since I was a kid, was to become a "fashion styler" or something like that. I had a book full of croquis and they were really beautiful. One day, idk how, but I left that book outside my house and it rained a lot. My book was wet and I couldn't save my designs. After that, I didn't want to draw anything else. During many years I forgot my dream, but this year I'm coming back to draw and I know how to make my own clothes. I'm going to follow my kid dream again cuz it's what I really like. I could understand what you said about doing what you like to.
    I'm from Brazil and I love your transformations. I'm coming back to watch them again. Thx for ur tips and don't stop it!

  33. OKAY> i know i may be late to the game, but i had NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO clue that you were in my neighborhood. I WENT to palomar. GIRL! i am not a fashion major but I'm planning on taking the sewing course next semester so that i can have a hands on teacher. I have really weak sewing skills but i cant believe that you're so local. i've been watching your stuff for a couple years now. #Starstruck

  34. Your videos have inspired me so much! I want to be a costume designer, and thanks to your videos I found my passion! I've put a ton of hours into making costumes for the past 6 months, so thank you!๐Ÿ’—

  35. I would've never imagined I could relate so much to you April! I've always wanted to go into Fashion Design but never had the courage but you are the best motivation and role model anyone could have. If you can do it then so can I. Thank you April for everything you do, for proving that its never too late to follow your dreams, you are my greatest inspiration. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘—โœ‚๏ธ

  36. I love this video! You're super talented, and I'm glad you chose to pursue your dreams and did what you love which is sewing and designing clothes, and we're lucky enough to see them in your YouTube videos!! I didn't know what I wanted to do until I was 18 when I met 2 music majors and a professional musician that I decided to pursue what I love which is music and now I'm in my third year of college as a music major myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. April, maybe you could bounce your lights off of the wall (since they white and bright), so you won't be blinded by them, but still have that soft glow on your face.

  38. Hii, i also want to be a designer and love to click pics n edit and upload. I lose motivation sometimes or maybe it's because I don't have a mentor or something like that, I want to get in contact with you and if you could help me out through my problems. Please contact me over Instagram by name white storm, profile pic in purple

  39. "Utilize what you have." As I've said before, I really admire your knowledge of "old school" techniques. So many times I've watched you and thought, there's a foot or a gadget that would make it so much faster and easier. But, similar to what you said about having a limited supply of something forcing you to think, knowing how to get over roadblocks without resorting to a shortcut that lovers the quality of your work is invaluable. So, yeah you for persevering through the tedious classes, the results are very apparent and it's what makes your videos so much better than others! It genuinely helps those of us who finally have the time to get back to sewing not fall into the trap of thinking we need all the fancy new gizmos. THANK YOU!

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