Why did you decide to attend the Fashion Program at Ryerson?
When I was in high school I decided I wanted to study fashion communication in post-secondary and the Ryerson program is the best in Canada. Naturally, that's the one I wanted to go to.
How did your academic experience at Ryerson help you with getting to where you are today? What led to your interest in pursuing your job and field?
What attracted me most to the Ryerson Fashion Communication program was how well-rounded it is. So many of the skills I acquired–especially the ones I didn't expect to use very much like graphic and web design—have helped me throughout my career.
If you had to do it all over again, what would you change about your time here at Ryerson and why?
I would have paid more attention and tried harder in my graphic design, web design and video editing classes. At the time I thought they were a waste of time because "I would never use any of those skills" but fast-forward ten years later and they're the skills I use and need the most!
What does a day in the life of Gracie Carroll look like?
Every day is different, which is why I love it. A lot of my days are spent blogging (obviously) and updating social media, but you'll also find me running around the city to get to meetings with PR agencies and clients, and attending events in the evenings. Of course there are a fair amount of photo and video shoots involved as well. It can get a little hectic but it's always fun.
What is your favorite part about your job?
Getting to take part in incredible experiences that I wouldn't have been able to do without my blog.
Do you have an area of expertise you want to grow and learn about?
I launched my YouTube channel this year so honing my video production and editing skills is top of my list at the moment.
What is your favorite part about working in the Fashion industry?
I honestly don't think anyone truly understands what it means to 'get it done' and FAST unless you're in the fashion industry.
From reading your blog, it looks like you are up to many different things! How do you juggle your time to work on lots of different projects?
Along with my site GracieCarroll.com, I'm the founder of TheChicCanuck.com and the Toronto Localist-at-Large for FLARE Magazine. It's never easy to juggle everything. I've just become very used to working 18-hour days on the regular.
What advice do you have for students who are interested in having an entrepreneurial career like yours and wish to make a living out of blogging?
There is a lot of opportunity to make a living from a blog. It's important to be business savvy to help you grow, but more importantly you need to ensure you are creating content that is unique and interesting.