Terina Hill is a business owner, fashion industry expert, and host of The Fashion Business & Career Show podcast. Her show’s mission is to encourage new fashion industry professionals to explore the many avenues to success in the industry.
In conversations with guests ranging from corporate fashion experts to small business owners and black creative professionals, Terina breaks down the barrier of entry to the fashion industry, making it more accessible to traditionally marginalized groups.
Terina walks the talk as the owner of a line of eco-friendly recycled leather goods called Jypsea Leathergoods. She is also gearing up to open The Fashion Design Center of South Jersey, a makerspace for emerging fashion industry professionals that will empower them with the resources, connections, and space to grow and learn.
Listen to Terina Hill’s story in her own words below, and tune in to her podcast at the links below (leave a review, too!):
The Fashion Business & Career Show
Tell us about your podcast in 3 sentences or less.
I am surrounded by creative professionals who have successfully made a living doing what they love; working as fashion industry professionals from small business owners to corporate accessory designers. This podcast exists to shed light on the many career opportunities that exist in the fashion industry, provide resources and inspiration to encourage emerging designers to forge ahead into the exciting career.
What’s a quote or piece of advice that you try to live by?
“…Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us…And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” ― Marianne Williamson
I can make almost anything. 😀
One thing on your bucket list:
To live in Morocco.
Personal Theme Song:
“That Girl” – Stevie Wonder
Last text message you sent:
“Probably. But I’m not taking any chances.” To my husband about a strain of Covid-19 that’s killing children.
What was your first job?
I was a paid chaperone at a day care center and because I was terribly shy, I sucked at it. I was only 12 years old!
What inspired you to start your podcast?
The fashion industry is often described as fickle, cutthroat and difficult to enter but as a professional designer for over 20 years, I know that this description is not exactly accurate.
Also, there is this idea that there is one job (fashion designer) while the reality is that there are many important and well-paying positions in the industry.
Lastly, there are black creatives behind the scenes or lesser known who are doing amazing work that may be well-known among their peers in the industry but completely unknown to the general public. I wanted to help shine a light to inspire the next generation to walk through the doors being opened for them!
Tell us more about your work/life outside of your podcast.
I have 2 businesses in the fashion realm plus I am the mother of a 16 year old daughter and 2 year old son. I have a cute younger husband, too. 😉
My businesses are The Fashion Design Center of SJ which is a makerspace for emerging fashion designers that was set to open on 3/14/2020 just as quarantine was beginning (I record my podcast and Youtube videos there now until this passes). Also, for the last 10 or so years, I’ve had a line of luxe handbags and home accessories made from recycled leather called Jypsea Leathergoods.
What is your show’s USP?
Besides the niche topic, fashion industry professionals, I have each guest do a DIY project in their specialty at the end of each episode which is a lot of fun. You have to watch the Youtube version of the podcast episode to see it though.
What is one of the greatest challenges you have personally faced with your podcast?
Because I also video tape the podcast for my YouTube channel, initially I didn’t know my camera only records 14 High Definition minutes at a time. My first guest and I chatted for over and hour so imagine my outrage when only 14 mins of it existed and even that had a few minutes of re-takes leaving me with like 7 usable minutes!
I cried. LOL AND I was so embarrassed to tell her because she drove over an hour to come meet with me at my place of business. She was kind enough to let me come to her place of business and re-record, thankfully!
What is one thing you have accomplished with your podcast thus far that you are most proud of?
Just sharing my guests with my audience and seeing them follow and support my guests makes me so happy.
What is one major milestone that you would like to accomplish through your podcast in the next year?
I’d like to grow my listenership so that the information my guests are sharing can touch as many emerging designers as possible, preventing them from making mistakes unnecessarily, and helping them to grow their careers.
Are there any great podcast-related resources you love that you would like to share?
Is there a charity or cause you care about that you would like to share?
How do you feel you’re making a positive impact and generating change through your podcast?
I pray that I am doing just that.