“The goal isn’t to be fearless. The goal is to keep fear from running the show.” ― Maxie McCoy, You’re Not Lost
Being fearless doesn’t necessarily mean success is a given. Fearlessness is a push, but what you decide to do with it is something completely different. On the other end of the spectrum, for some, fear can be what pushes you to feel as if you are lost in the world, alone and misunderstood. We take actions that feel as if we’re paddling through the millions of options our surroundings give us, but that feeling of never being good enough never seems to go away. During times like these, it’s important to remember that finding comfort in the search is how one can move on from the noise and into the clearing.
This is, in a way, how Lucielle Salomon and her work grew to be prominent in the sustainability sphere. Starting from zero, she now contributes articles for print and online publications such as Adweek, CONSIDERED, and ECONYL. And just like a cherry on the cake, she is an assistant editor for EcoCult, a leading international information hub on sustainable and ethical fashion. But what really stands out is her honest and thorough marketplace research approach, helping tonnes of girls aspiring to get into sustainable fashion narrow down their search by explaining in depth what they should look for in a brand, thus encouraging them to spend their money wisely. If that’s not doing the Lord’s work, we don’t know what is. We are ecstatic to share Lucielle’s inspiring story in our Cool Faces of Bastet Noir series. Keep on reading to find out more!
I’m a freelance writer and editor on sustainable fashion and beauty. I share my passion for fashion and beauty while exposing the impact of the global fashion industry on people and the planet. You can find my work at EcoCult, Adweek, ECONYL.
What’s your morning routine like?
Funny enough, I’m currently readjusting my morning routine after traveling for four months. These days I check my email first thing in the morning, which is a habit I would like to step away from. In an ideal scenario, I would like to alternate my mornings between working out or taking my French classes first thing in the morning.
We can safely say that you are a sustainability-focused jack of all trades: a freelance writer and editor with a dash of content strategy creation for lifestyle clients, writing thorough research-based articles, as well as curating sustainable shopping guides. How do you manage all of these aspects, and on what basis do you choose which task is best suited for you at the time?
I’m a list type of person, and I honestly create lists for everything, which helps me stay on track and prioritize tasks. It can get overwhelming, but I’ve learned only to take on what I’m able to accomplish. There’s nothing worse than saying yes to a project and then be struggling to complete it on time.
We are sure that with your role as a shopping editor for EcoCult you are constantly exposed to the latest developments in sustainability and beyond, as your position does require a ton of marketplace research and writing. With that being said, give us your fashion forecast: According to you, how do you see the future of sustainable fashion progressing?
I’m a huge fan of on-demand fashion, and I hope and believe it’s where the industry is headed. I’m seeing it more and more, but there is tons of room for innovation and collaboration in that space.
Three things you wish you knew before starting out?
1. Don’t focus too much on networking vertically and network horizontally. Invest time in collaborating and getting to know people starting out just like you. It will help you build a community.
2.Keep doing the work, and opportunities will come. Although it might seem like no one is watching, there’s always someone paying attention.
3. Create the habit of being organized and adding items to your calendar. It will become a lifesaver when you are juggling multiple projects at once.
Biggest setback in life and what you’ve learned from it?
Just a few years ago, I was completely lost with my career and unsure of the path I wanted to take. It wasn’t until I decided to overlook what other people thought of me and went after the things I had always had in the back of my mind that I started to live my dream. Becoming a fashion writer has always been a goal of mine. At that point, I thought it was too late to do it or believed I didn’t live in a place that could facilitate that opportunity.
So when things seem foggy, the best thing to do is allow yourself to breathe and let go. I’ve been so stubborn and fixated on things happening a certain way that I didn’t allow room for new opportunities. Allowing yourself to take it easy and refocus might give you the chance to accomplish what you indeed want!