The advice 'Famously Single' star Dorothy Wang would give to her younger self
Reality TV star, entrepreneur and businesswoman Dorothy Wang is here to stay.
This 29-year-old has made a name for herself and has no plans to stop. After becoming a fixture of "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" in 2014, Wang also made her way onto the second season of "Famously Single" which premiered this year on E!.
Not only that, but Wang has dreams of producing her own TV shows, and more.
Wang also credits a lot of her success with her jewelry brand to the existence of social media. "With social media, you can also get instantaneous feedback, people will tell you if they placed an order, or if they're shipping is late or whatever it may be."
We had the chance to chat with Wang about her future plans, her social media strategy, and much more. Check out part two of our interview with her below, and check out part one here.
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You have a huge passion for fashion and jewelry and clothes, how did you get involved with designing and that whole world?
For me, I've always been creative. I'm very hands on. I like to do things and I like little projects. While I love sharing my experiences and my life with people on these shows, I always knew in the back of my mind it's also a brand and it's a business and it's a great platform for me to build a career on and to use as a vehicle. I've always wanted to capitalize on being able to have a business. After the first season came out, I really thought about if I want to launch something now or what I wanted to do. I didn't want to bite off more than I could chew. I wanted to learn and do something on my own and start from the ground up. I found a manufacturer in downtown LA and I did the designs with him. I still send out all of the necklaces myself. I get the orders, I send them out. It was a really good learning experience.
At the time of the show, I wanted to come out with a really fun piece of jewelry, and the show had been all about the hashtags. So, I did collections with words and things that related to the show and my life at the time. I loved the process of it, even going through the packaging. I also wanted to make sure it was affordable because a lot of times people would watch the show and would comment and say how they weren't rich like me, and can't afford my lifestyle. Even though I grew up with money I never wanted to make people feel bad because they didn't have it. I also personally mix high and low fashion. Yes, I like my nice designer things, but if I can save a dollar I want to save a dollar. I wanted to show people that they could wear a fun, cute on trend little piece of jewelry and it doesn't have to break the bank. I'm all about affordable luxury, and I want to make things I love an affordable price for all of my fans to be able to purchase.
How has social media helped you build your brand and put who you are out to the world?
It has really changed the game for people that are building their own brands. First of all, you're your own best marketer. Now, to start a business, you can just do it with your social media, to be honest. You don't need a marketing team. Social media is a great platform where people that love you and know you can check in on your life. It's like free advertisement. It is also a fine line. You can't just sponsor and endorse everything. I'm very particular with what I want to do and I always want it to be genuine and to be natural. Social media, for my necklaces and for my champagne, I don't have people pushing it. I can push it out myself. With social media you can also get instantaneous feedback, people will tell you if they placed an order, or if they're shipping is late or whatever it may be. One of the most interesting parts for me is that when I got my necklace line, I wanted to see where the people were from and what styles they liked the most and who they were buying the necklaces for. I'm really interested in the data and the logistics of everything and my fan base. With social media, that makes everything very accessible and attainable. You can see right away how people are liking the product. It's also basically free promotion when they do like and they post a picture of it, and tag a friend or tag me.
Beyond your brands, how do you personally connect with your fans on social?
I love my fans. Sometimes I don't interact with them as much as I should, maybe if I'm busy or if I have a lot on my plate. I can't interact as much as I would like to. You can't just respond to one person and not all. So I pick certain photos or certain days and then I respond. Specific questions I feel a duty to let people know. I try to do as much as I can, but I do sometimes feel like it's a little overwhelming when I get hundreds of comments on something. It's hard to know where to begin. I'm usually a very open person, and very public, but sometimes I appreciate my privacy. But I love my fans and my followers and I think they know that. In real life, especially. I feel like for me, if you catch me in real life it's almost sometimes better than social media. When I'm one-on-one with you and I'm not, you know, trying to go somewhere. If someone is taking the effort to come up to me or if they have spent any time looking up to you or watch their show, I like to meet them. I like to talk to my fans and see what they're up to and take pictures with them. If someone wants to take a picture with me, I'll take a picture with them -- even after my spin class. I will go on record though, that is my least favorite time to take a photo.
If you could give advice to your younger self what would you say?
I sometimes wish I could go back to high school or early college with the confidence that I have now. I don't know what I would even be doing now if I had been like that, maybe running a Fortune 500 company or something. I think that's something you grow into. One of the most important pieces of advice I've gotten is that not everyone is going to like you, and it doesn't always have to do with anything you did. If you try to make everyone happy, it's exhausting and you can't really. You do have to put yourself first, I know it sounds selfish, but no one else is putting you before them anyway. I'm not saying I was a wallflower by any means, but I feel like now I'm extra opinionated and outspoken and I feel like as I got older I became more hands-on and proactive. In school, I was less interested so I just felt like I was going through the steps of my classes and the steps to finish, but I wasn't as interested. I think being able to work on things now that I'm genuinely interested in has made me more enthusiastic and hands on with everything in my life.
What are you looking to do the in the future? What do you hope to do next?
I have a lot of things I want to do, I think I always have, and for me, a lot of the issue is taking the time to decide which direction I want to go in. I'm kind of a perfectionist, so before I do something I want to make sure I get everyone's advice and input. My dad will just finally tell me to trust myself and go with my gut. If you're trying to figure out the thing that will be the most successful, or the most whatever, you're never going to actually start it because you'll just keep on gathering information and trying to figure it out. At the time, I was creating and producing "Rich Kids." But I didn't know that -- it was just something that came naturally to me. Even though there was a lot of reality TV back then, I felt like everyone on reality TV at the time was on it because they were making jokes at themselves. I felt like there was a need for a show with young people, and this was after The Hills had stopped. I wanted it to be a show you could watch with your parents and not be embarrassed.
So, all of those things I was doing and thinking was production in a way, and then when we started filming, I would always ask questions. I always like to learn about things, so I learned a lot about how to film a TV show and how to produce a show. I am genuinely very interested in that and for me, the next thing I want to do is to produce TV shows and reality shows, docu-series, stuff like that -- not just starring myself. For me, after "Rich Kids" ended went straight into "Famously Single" so now is the first time I've had a moment to take a step back and think about what I want to do for my future. For me, I don't think I'm going to disappear and only be behind the camera, but I do recognize that there are good stories to tell that don't involve me. I would love to be able to bring that to people all over the world, whether it's on TV or digital or an app of some sort. That's something I want to start focusing on.
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