Ryan Jor El – 2017 List Of Dreamers
Ryan Jor El, the Fashion Connoisseur, is a Speaker, Author, Host and Wardrobe Consultant
How did you determine what you were passionate about?
I blame my mother, lol. But seriously, as kids, my younger brother and I were made to understand the difference between school clothes and play clothes. As I got older and began to have an opinion about what I wore, I always remember wanting to be dressed up rather than casual. My junior year in high school was when I came into my own, the passion kicked in and I discovered I had a special knack for putting clothing together. I won Best Dressed my senior year and after my first year of college, began working for a small men's boutique in Charlotte, NC, which further engrained fashion and style into my daily life.
During my college years, my classmates and frat brothers started asking me for fashion advice and eventually that advice coupled with multiple shopping trips, led to the wardrobe consulting and personal shopping career.
After fifteen years in the fashion industry, I was blessed to release my first book, "Fashion & Fatherhood," and truly believe I didn't choose this life, it chose me.
I'm grateful for all I've been able to accomplish and believe God uses my fashion sense to draw people in for a greater purpose. My first tag line was, "We don't just create ensembles, We change mentalities." I truly believe when you look good you feel good. That's what keeps the passion going, the impact I'm able to make inwardly on individuals by showing them the importance of their attire. There's no better feeling than seeing that light bulb go off in someone's head and knowing in that moment, you've changed their life for the better.
What challenges have you overcome to pursue your dreams?
My biggest challenge was getting my mother to see the vision on this road less traveled. Most people that are habitual workers, have a hard time wrapping their mind around the mind of a dreamer. Entrepreneurship is risky, can be scary, and requires diligence, patience, and hard work of which many aren't willing to make the sacrifice to achieve. It's much easier to find a job, work 40 hours, and go through life wondering what if. It's much more difficult to know that "what if" could be a reality and should be!
It's not always a comfortable place to be, but I feel like I'm closer now than ever and know there's more to life than punching a clock!
How do you stay focused and productive in your area of passion?
Staying focused in the fashion industry can be challenging due to its ever evolving nature. However, I force myself to stay engaged by studying, honing my craft, and maintaining a social media presence. Keeping the end goal in mind is also crucial knowing that all of your efforts will pay off.
As a father of an adorable two year old daughter, I keep my creative juices flowing by dressing her daily and posting on social media her #DaycareDossier, an extension of my #DossieroftheDay.
As far as productivity is concerned, the old adage, if a man don't work, he don't eat, will keep you marketing and promoting your services to any and everybody you know.