J. Alexander’s schooled the best of the best in the fashion industry, from Naomi Campbell to Tyra Banks, and even made his debut as a model on Jean Paul Gaultier’s catwalk. The Bronx-native took his dreams international, carving out a niche for himself as a runway coach, author and television personality.
As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off in New York today, take a chapter from his book of success with these tips that will ensure longevity in an industry filled with overnight successes and fleeting fame. — Sirita Wright
Research your dreams. “Inform yourself and gather as much information on what it is that you want to do. You need to be ahead of the game.”
Say ‘Yes,’ ‘May I,’ ‘Thank you,’ ‘Please,’ and ‘I’m Sorry.’ “These are strong, powerful words that we forget sometimes but they can carry you a long way through life. Manners will carry you where money cannot.”
Place yourself in the environment where you want to be, no matter what it is you want to do. “Pitch in where help is needed, and while doing it, take in all the information around you. It may not seem very helpful to you then, but it can and may help you later. Sometimes it’s good to know exactly what’s going on.”
‘No’ does not mean stop! “Just because someone says no, doesn’t mean stop your dream. Others may say you are perfect. It just recently happened to me. The word ‘No’ never stops, trust me.”