When I first met Diana, she was really different she was shy
but at the same time I could sense a hint of confidence. Diana is one of those students who you know will do exceptionally well at something but you can’t pinpoint what that something is. As an Intern one of our jobs is to unleash the talent of MCA Languages students and guide them towards their vision. (Check some of our articles with The Director here and The Head Teacher) Diana is not you everyday student, she does not like traditional methods of learning and does not fit in a classroom where the general motto is to learn through books. Although Diana did not stay long at MCA Languages, here I recall my first encounter with this exceptional individual. As I come and ask her to sit, I can tell she does not like to stay still but she is smiling and willing to share her story.
I start by asking where are you from and what’s your background?
I was born and raised in Lyon, France where I enjoyed my youth and love gathering with friends and family.
What’s your background?
My background is a little bit like a rollercoaster… In 2008 I stopped my studies after failing my certificate in trade. But I was not defeated and decided two years later that I was ready to re-sit my certificate in trade and get my GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education), however this time I would follow a course during evening time so that I can get on with other part-time jobs in order to survive. I was pleased to say that I got my certificate and GCSE. That was a big relief because I know that in this world if you do not have a qualification, life can be though!
So how have you find #MCA Languages being this busy?
I have a friend of mine who advise that I should learn English if I wanted to become an Entrepreneur, for me the vision of being a cashier or a sale assistant was never the end goal but I never really thought about learning English.
So did you go with the advice of your friend?
Yes I did. I studied at #MCALanguages for a short period of time in order to improve my language. I was surprised that their method was not solely based on books and exercises because as you may gather by now I am not a theory person. I like to practice, converse and get on with it.
How did MCA Languages help you reach your goal?
I think for me it was about seeing something different. Where I live there isn’t many young people around me who are entrepreneurs, however when I went to #MCALanguages, the Director introduce us to many young speakers throughout the course and it was an eye opener. In Great Britain a lot of young people have got position of responsibilities and it is refreshing to see.
So tell us about your venture?
Since I was born, I always knew I wanted to become an Entrepreneur within the field of Fashion. So in 2014, I took on several part time jobs in order to save money. It was difficult but I remembered the advice of Ingrid from #MCALanguages ‘To be lazy you need to be organised’
So what is the service or product you offer?
At the beginning I was not sure whether I wanted to go and sale clothes that were already in the market or create my brand. But then I was like actually I prefer to put my own stamp on my clothes. So there it was ‘I am real’ was born. For me I came up with a brand that was honest, authentic and extrovert, a brand that stands for itself.
So who is this brand for?
This brands speaks for the youth. We live in a society that tell us how we have to act, wear our clothes and how we have to behave. I am real says ‘NO’ to all of that. I am real says be unique, be yourself and be happy. So this brand was not only to give clothes to people to wear it but rather to make a statement.
So where do you see your brand evolving in the near future?
I would love to have a first shop in Lyon, then Paris and London. In order to promote the brand, I will create events where people can meet when music can be the rhythm of the parties. I have a secret project around I am real but for now I keep it secret until I finish it.
What is the most difficult when being an Entrepreneur?
Its all about consistency and this I learned it through #MCAlanguages as well. If you are not consistent then you can’t get anywhere. Now I understand at times I am not motivated or I doubt myself which is not bad as I believe you need to re-evaluate yourself at times… however the key point is to believe in your project and move on.
What would you advise to young people who want to become like you?
I would say ‘Go do it and don’t look back’
Thank you Diana for your time, I wish you all the best! Check her website @ www.imreal.fr
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