Artborne Magazine November 2016 - Page 43

Fashionand the Non-Traditional Job by Laila Silva “Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have.” Working in the corporate world full time, I often hear this phrase. In fact, I am one of the people who utilizes it for inspiration. I often dress up, probably more than I need to, because I hope to one day have that lakeview office I’ve always dreamed of. However, what if the job you want has nothing to do with becoming a CEO? How do you dress if you want to be an artist, an athlete, or maybe even a performer? Lily Molina is a Floridian who was raised in Orlando for most of her life. From the time she was five years old, she knew she wanted to be a dancer and choreographer. Coming from a family that didn’t necessarily support those types of careers, she had to find other ways to stand out and make sure Lily Molina, photo by Tony Cortez Photography her dreams came true. “Whenever I would go to free fierce moves, unique style, and, of “I was not your typical kid danc- dancing classes or networking course, her collection of shoes. er whose parents put her in ballet events where I knew dancers and classes since she was three years choreographers would be, I made Once she turned 18, she started old. Dance was not something sure I dressed like a dancer. I’m taking classes and her dancing they approved of, so all the way not talking about ballerina shoes improved more and more. With until I was 18 years old, I was and tights; I’m referring to unique time, she began teaching, choreoself-taught.” Watching DVDs and hairstyles, interesting patterns in graphing, and eventually moved MTV videos—think back before my clothes, and shoes—always to Los Angeles for opportunities YouTube—helped Molina learn interesting shoes.” she never could have imagined. the latest moves and eventually enBut how was life once she was in couraged her to keep dreaming. In There was a point where Molina the land of entertainment? Did the meantime, she had to find oth- had over 100 pairs of sneakers. fashion still matter, or was her taler ways to stand out and use fash- She slowly started being known in ent enough? ion to help her define her career. the Orlando dance world for her “I definitely have booked gigs bephoto provided by Emmy Freevele cause of my dancing abilities, but I also attribute that to my style. Imagine being in a room full of girls all auditioning for a Justin Timberlake video. They all looked similar—same color hair, similar type of bodies. I learned early on that I had to stand out. I have tattoos, I have changed my hairstyle at least eight times in one year, and I always look for interesting outfits to audition in at thrift stores Orlando’s Art Scene, v. 1.5 and flea markets. I enjoy evolving and changing, but I also know part of my job is to be a chameleon and adapt. If I book a gig and they want to dye my hair, shave my eyebrows, or do extreme makeup, I am all in. I know it co ́ݥѠ)ѡѕɥѽ䁅$ٔлt)Mѡ́5)ɔѥɍ́ȁQɝЁѡȁȁɕх̰́ݕ́٥́ݥѠ))ѥQɱ)ɑMɭ̰)ɥՔ%̸ͥḾͼɕѡɥѥ䁅)٥MɅЁ=ф ѽ)5Ёɕѱ䰁͡ЁѼɕɅ屔ѡչ䁡+q!܁9ЁQtM+q!܁9ЁQt͔́Ѽ)٥́eQՉ)ݥɕ)-)1ٔѡ́Ѡ+qȁѡ́݅́䁉Ё͡ЁиQ䁉ٕ)䁍аɽѡɕɅѼѡѡЁ)ѽѡȸeԁͼ͕)ѡЁ屔́ٽٕѼ)ɔɔt)5́ȁɕȁݽձ)Ё́Ս͙հЁݕɕe)ȁȁѕѥѼ͡M)ݡЁɔȁѡ՝́䁕ɱȁɅ͔qɕ́ȁѡ)݅аЁȁѡԁٗt+q$ɕ䁙ѡЁɅ͔́ͥ%ȁ́Ѽݽɬɽ)ݸȁݸ̰ͥ$ݽձЁɕ)ԁݕȁ́丁$ѡ)ӊéЁݕɥѡ́ѡ)ѥمє԰ԁ)Ё͕ԃɔЁȁѠQݡѕٕȁѡЁ̻t)eԁ͕ɔ)15ݥํ1((((0