If you don’t know, I was lucky enough to be asked to MC the WAEC VTOS Fashion Design students graduate fashion show ‘Thirteen‘. I of course was hugely grateful to be considered but my immediate feeling was pure anxiety.
Public speaking is something I just don’t do. In college I’ve had to give presentations before but even those terrified me. I remember in school when you knew it was your turn to read, my heart would pound, I’d start to sweat and feel numb…looking back I know now I was having a panic attack. To some, it’s no biggy but it’s also a fear I know a lot of people have, are you of them? The thought of standing in front of people speaking just didn’t sit right with me.
Having said that I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. These are the types of things I want to be doing. Even when I said I would do it, I didn’t tell many people until a few weeks after, I felt like if I told people it would be all too real. Most nights leading up to it I would get pangs of anxiety. I practiced my parts every night…I had to, couldn’t embarrass myself…and the students.
Reading my first part my heart was beating so fast I thought it was going to jump out of my chest. I then got into the swing of it. In the end I had the best night. I’m so so glad I did it. I faced the fear head on and went for it. My mam, aunt and 3 friends came for some well needed moral support, they are the best huns. Looking back I would have done it differently but it was my first time so I won’t beat myself up about it.
The night was such great craic. The students work was so fab, you could tell a lot of work had been put into it. Seeing their works made me wish I could make my own clothes…imagine how great that would be. There were 13 students who had 5/6 pieces each. All so different and unique so it was a really interesting show. There was such a great atmosphere everybody was really enjoying themselves. I’m so happy to be apart of it and to meet everyone from the college.
Overall it’s made me feel like from now on I can’t say ‘no’ to things that scare me. It just goes to show, if it both excited and terrifies you at the same time, it probably means you should do it. Don’t let your fear get in the way, great things never came from comfort zones.
Here are some photos of the night along with some of my favourites from each collection.
Erose by Jessica Byrne:
Vampyric Addiction by Carrie McGuire:
World Wide Beauty by Hosne Arajahan:
The Swinging 60s by Vonnie Rossiter:
Undine by Magdalena Graabowska:
The Thrill of the Chase by Niamh Daly:
JN94 by Jessica Nolan:
Saturdays Child by Ciara Kavanagh:
Taking It Back From Man by Marie Cook:
Tropical Birds by Abdul Hafiz:
Celtic Knot by Bridget Flynn:
Fireflies by Catherine O’Toole:
Living Colour by Eeva Vesneevska:
photos not my own