For many of us, Whitney Port's name is synonymous with reality shows The Hills and The City—but, in fact, the once-reality star has continued to build her career long after the shows came to an end. She has her own clothing line, called Whitney Eve, which has seen tremendous success since it launched in 2009. She's written a book, judged a season of Britain's iteration of Top Model, and now she's officially being recognized as a social media entrepreneur.
Port is a panelist at the Create + Cultivate convention, a meeting of some of the biggest and brightest minds in the digital space, which will take place in Los Angeles on March 21. Other speakers include blogger Aimee Song, Into the Gloss founder and CEO Emily Weiss, and others, all of whom will discuss the role of social media, blogs, and other digital platforms in building careers.
We got the chance to sit down and chat with Port about her career and got her very practical advice for getting ahead. Keep scrolling for Whitney Port's top five tips for career success!
"I think the biggest thing in your career is not to be scared of all the no’s you’re going to get," Port advises. "In my life, there have been so many times where I reached a crossroads, and someone had said no this isn’t going to work. You have to look at it not necessarily like this isn’t ever going to work, and just give up—you have to think instead, 'How am I going to get around this, and what are my other options?'"
"Most people think that really successful people have risen and gained success overnight," Port explains. "But if you really talk to them and hear their stories, you would see and understand all the different issues they faced in trying to get where they are."
"Have conversations with a lot of people you trust to get to your outcome," Port says. "As a young woman, I don’t have a lot of the experience that a more experienced businessperson would have, so it’s taken me some time to get a support system and team of mentors around me. I think for anyone it would be valuable to have a group of people you feel like you can bounce ideas off of. They’ll think of things you never would have, and will help you problem-solve."
"I look up to Diane von Furstenberg so much—she is such an empowering person for women in general," Port says. "It’s cool to see someone in the fashion space who actually has a political standpoint as well. She’s not just speaking for fashion, but she’s really speaking for all women."
"Social media empowers people—now people can really do things so personally," Port explains. "People can [use social media] to kind of form their own careers, which is so cool, and they can hear how other people have used social media to do that. I had good exposure via the TV show I was on, and now that that's over, social media is the channel I use to share with the world what I’ve been up to. It’s just another channel for that level of exposure."
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