As I advised the students and hopeful students at FIDM this past Saturday morning, you should always say yes to everything. Unless it's like, getting in a van with a stranger or having unprotected sex. But otherwise, you should always show up for any opportunity.
Which is why I was at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising on Saturday morning, having rolled out of bed to impart my wisdom on a bunch of wide-eyed 19-year olds. Actually, I think I was there to crack the jokes. That's what I ended up doing from my director's chair on stage, while my awesome fellow panelists, Lorraine Sanders and Jeanne Chen said wise and profound things.
My biggest laugh was when I revealed that I have my Bachelor's in fashion design, and motioned to my ensemble. "Obviously!" Guffaws from fashion-forward gay teens abounded. Because I looked like shit. I have no excuse, but it was 10am on a Saturday and I felt such pressure to look cool that I ended up way too casual and uncool.
Our moderator, Project Runway's Nick Verreos wore a fabulous pink-accented suit combo.
Saturday, I spent 2-hours Euro-kissing someone from a Bravo TV show and talking into a microphone, so, you know, shit works out.
I can report that Nick Verreos is incredibly sweet, kind and genuine. I told him all about Rose Pak, we googled her and when Nick found a photo of Rose with a cigarette and sweat suit, he announced, "I have found my new muse."
The intimidation I once felt at not being cool enough to like clothes and designers and models is gone. When you're 30-whatever, you're way more whatever about everything. So I loved seeing what the students and teachers and panelists were wearing/rocking. And I loved getting to feel comfortable as myself in front of 200 strangers. They laughed at my jokes. That's pretty much all I need to BE SO HAPPY.
It could have been incredibly weird. We had to drive all the way to San Jose and wait in line and I knew three Springsteen songs. But it ended up being fun and funny. And I did the Courtney Cox to 'Dancing in the Dark." In closing, say yes to everything. You could end up looking weird, yet reassuring to a bunch of college students, and at a concert in San Jose singing about unemployment...