I was never a fan of the saying, "Fake it 'til you make it." The word fake just rubs me the wrong way. I get what it's suppose to mean, but you wanna be real, yes? At The Creative Residency, we encourage people to be genuine and honest, so there's no need to fake it.

When I started blogging on Old Brand New four years ago, I knew I would only be comfortable blogging what I was genuinely passionate about and what I studied, and that was graphic design, photography, printmaking and decorating. Sure, I didn't know where blogging would take me but I kept making stuff. I made prints and photographs. I made art. I experimented. I made dab-it-yourself projects. Blogging became a place where I could share all these things. It was like my studio. My home and my home will never be fake. And while I enjoyed decorating, I never really called myself an interior stylist or pretended to be one, so when I started getting jobs for styling interiors, I believed people trusted my style, taste and talent. And those are skills I developed on my own from believing in myself and from making things.

So, from now on, let's say "MAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT." Meaning you keep on making things. Honing your skills. Make art. Make shit. It doesn't always have to be great but just make something. And the more you make the better you'll get and it'll lead you to other things. And that, my sweet friends, will get people noticing your talent. No need to fake it.

If you wanna learn more, come join The Creative Residency where we talk about how to be real and how to get real with social media to grow a loyal following. Our next seminar is next Saturday September 13th in Los Angeles.