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Meet Wendy: local Toronto native and full-time fashion blogger, with her own channel on YouTube. After ditching her nine-to-five life at a corporate job, Wendy now spends her days giving tutorials on how to make anything from a lace dress to a letterman’s jacket. ‘WithWendy’ is a ‘world of party dresses, summer shorts, cozy sweaters, and anything Wendy can DIY into reality.’ We sat down with Wendy to find out how she got her start in this up-and-coming creative industry.
TCT: How did you get your start, and what inspired you to go down this career path to having your own YouTube channel?
Wendy: I watched a lot of online videos for entertainment and also had this idea in my mind of building my own audience. At the time, I didn’t know what the subject would be and sewing happened to be one of my skills. I started there and got hooked as I saw more people around the world join with online video content. The more I interacted with viewers, the more I was inspired to keep going.
TCT: Where do you get ideas for your video content?
Wendy: Mostly friends who have suggestions and my own surfing around the internet. I listen to what people like to see on YouTube and what my viewers want of me and try to make it happen.
TCT: What are your goals for the future?
Wendy: When I think about the future, I jokingly describe myself as a younger Martha Stewart with a DIY empire (but no jail time). I’d love for people to just feel themselves enter a do-it-yourself mood when I’m around and together we can make amazing clothes.
TCT: What advice would you give to someone else trying to break into the business?
Wendy: Keep things simple so that you can focus on creating lots of content to show who you are, instead of trying too hard to make every step perfect. Too much attention to detail can slow a great thing down.
TCT: If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
Wendy: Marketing for a fun brand. But that was what I was doing before, and I quit for YouTube so YouTube all the way in the end.
TCT: What is the most memorable moment of your career?
Wendy: Thus far, it would have been the day I went to work and told my manager that I was going to quit to work on YouTube. I was insanely nervous, but after that day was done, I walked home feeling like I was doing what I should have been doing for a long time. It was hard to describe such a good feeling.
TCT: How would you like to be remembered?
Wendy: I’d like to be remembered as someone who lived life! Make the decisions and do the work you need to do to pursue all that life has to offer.
TCT: Do you have a favorite travel destination?
Wendy: I like places with rich culture and history. Israel was one place I visited and wish I could have stayed longer.
TCT: Besides fashion, what else do you enjoy blogging or video blogging about?
Wendy: I like vlogging about big exciting days and regular days because there are special moments in all of them that should be appreciated.
TCT: Do you have a favorite vlogger of your own? What’s your favorite publication or magazine?
Wendy: I love watching Casey Neistat and Claire Marshall for vlogging; there’s a relaxedness amidst all the adventure. I don’t read a ton of magazines individually, instead I get the highlights from everything I like through my Flipboard app.
TCT: Who would you say are the most inspirational people in your life?
Wendy: For inspirational people, I find I have a collection of people where they each have one or two things that inspire me. My greatest drive would be my parents though. They exemplify everything from working hard to build a new life in Canada after immigrating to being compassionate and also enjoying life.
TCT: How would you describe what you do in less than 80 characters?
Wendy: I teach how to sew on YouTube to anyone who wants to have fun making their own clothes instead of buying everything off the rack.
TCT: And finally, what would you tell the world if you could make one thing known?
Wendy: Life is for living, get out there and take it all in!