Who What Wear Podcast: Zerina Akers

How do you know who to work with? How do you know it’s going to be the right fit? How do you know that you’re going to collaborate well with someone? Because it’s such an intimate and personal relationship.

I’m just learning that as well. To be honest, I went through about two, maybe three years where I didn’t say no to anything. Big or small. If I was scared to do it, I still said yes, and it worked out. If I didn’t think I had time to do it. I still said yes, and it worked out.

Now, I’m in this new space where it’s like, “What do I want to do? What’s gonna really benefit?” Someone asked me the other day, “Who is your dream person to work with?” I didn’t have an answer. I don’t really dream of working with people anymore. I want to create things that are bigger than that. I do want to go into film and be a student of that and costume design and really learn that new world.

I’m just now learning how to say no. My schedule forces me to do that, so it kind of helps me. I’ve just been turning things down, but more so because I’m realizing that a lot of things have taken away from the things that are important to me or the things that I own. So you can take all that time and pour it into someone else’s project or you can pour it into your own projects and into yourself. I’ve been wanting to recently make more time for those things, creating meaningful content, which takes time.

I’m learning how to create boundaries now and really go into things that serve a greater purpose.

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