Richer Lives: Embracing Opportunities to Succeed

By: Keith Wagstaff · April 25, 2024 · Reading Time: 3 minutes

Hollywood Story

The way you start your career can matter a great deal, because it may send you down one path or another. Brad Goreski, judge on Canada’s Drag Race, knows a thing or two about that.

From being an intern at Vogue to starring on The Real Friends of WeHo, Goreski has achieved a lot since moving from Canada to Los Angeles as a college student. He stopped by SoFi’s YouTube series Richer Lives to talk with financial literacy advocate Vivian Tu, aka Your Rich BFF, and SoFi’s Head of Advice and Planning, Brian Walsh, to talk about his career, fashion, and how he thinks about money.

“To be honest, I didn’t have a business plan,” he confessed about this first styling job, getting Jessica Alba ready for the red carpet. “I was just willing to do whatever it took to get her the best clothes for the look, because I knew that my investment” would pay off when potential clients saw the work.

Don’t Let Opportunities Pass You By

While an intern at Vogue, Goreski saw an editor in the elevator. “I was like, ‘You look stressed out.’ I don’t know why an intern is saying this to an editor. But she’s like, ‘Oh, I’ve got this shoot this weekend. I don’t have anybody to help me.’ And I was like, ‘I’ll help you.’ And I went on set with her.”

He had no idea what he was doing. But his effort and enthusiasm won her over, and soon he was learning new skills and working with other editors.

The lesson? Jump on opportunities when they come your way, and when you get one, “be really present … Go in there and give everything you’ve got,” then the “money will kind of sort itself out.”

Dress Well Without Breaking the Bank

With a background in styling, Goreski also had some fashion advice to give: Dressing for success doesn’t have to mean emptying your bank account. “Always wait for the sale,” Goreski said.

“I’m all about options,” he said. Buying lots of pieces on the cheap instead of one expensive outfit gives you more choices when it comes to dressing for work.“Almost everything goes on sale,” said Goreski. Email blasts, coupon codes, and online sales can supply you with a variety of looks without breaking your budget.

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