1. Polish Your Platform
Brands want names, and even if you don’t have massive media exposure, you must be able to show that you have worked hard to build your signature style. “You need to be valid enough to become a product,” said Langdon. “I wrote a book, ‘Small Space Solutions,’ and had a column in House Beautiful for two years. I’ve had articles in the leading shelter magazines and appear regularly on makeover TV shows.” She encourages designers to blog, build an online following, do show houses, write articles, curate a portfolio, and actively work Market to expand their platforms.