The fifth issue of NINTH was supposed to hit home yesterday. Instead, let's take a deep breath and do something different.
One thing my dad’s taught me is to plan. If you don’t plan, you’ll never feel what it’s like to succeed. You can go with the flow and ask why the grass is greener on the other side. Which is a total waste, because yours can be just as green.
Over the past few months, I’ve been rounding up the little achievements I’d like to make - leading up to the ultimate goal of being accepted to a fashion college in London. To achieve that, NINTH has played a good outlet for fresh ideas and to expose my portfolio to different areas.
Four issues, eight months and lots of almost-dying cases later, it’s safe to say that I’ve picked up amazing perspectives and experiences in collaboration with passionate individuals.
But I want more.
One thing my mom’s taught me is to never be afraid to make a change. If it fails, change it. If it’s good, find a way to make it better even if it means putting your calm sea at the risk of becoming a tsunami.
With that, I’ve grown to realise that there are many things we can try to fight for, but letting go of some and finding focus in new change can lead to higher mountains. NINTH’s been the hot topic of this particular conversation:
Producing is one thing, but is the current method producing the best?
After a few months of deliberation, NINTH will be released once every three months instead of two - to sharpen its quality and provide ample time for me to understand every detail that goes into each detail. If I’m going to work on an issue, I want to bring out the most potential it deserves.
This includes the relationship between photographers, models, crew, the location, concept and the culture behind it, the hair, makeup, styling and all the way down to the best makeup remover. Just because!
One thing I’ve learnt is to never compromise on my dreams, no matter how long it may take. Sure, the world waits for nobody. But wait for yourself, be patient and give yourself that time to thrive.
Thank you for your support all these months and I can’t wait to produce more, show more and hopefully hit home with a ticket to London in hand. Hopefully by then, NINTH will see bigger dreams and greener grass of its own.
Lots of love and tsunamis,
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