In this weeks RSVP’s One to Watch male fashion blogger Mark Anthony of “Mark my Style” chats to Mikie O’Loughlin
Firstly, tell us about yourself?
I never really likto know what the right things are to say. But, we will give it a shot anyway. I’m a 23 year old country boy, coming from Laois, but I am verging on 6 years in Dublin now. I moved to Dublin to complete my degree in UCD and I have never left sinceed this question. Its always so difficult .
How did blogging come about?
This is a weird one because when I first came to Dublin I never thought about blogging. Yeah, I was a kid with a vivid imagination and always wanted to write a book but I never even considered having a blog. There are only so many farm animals you can write about when you are coming from the country after all. I became familiar with blogging because of the company I was surrounded by and the rest is history really. I’ve been blogging about four years. I spent two years on my first blog and then I stopped because I lost interest and I wasn’t blogging for the reasons I started blogging. I took a year out then from it all to try and reconnect and improve my writing. And now I am writing Mark My Style two years this month.
Is it something that you have always wanted to do?
It is something that I didn’t foresee anyway. I have always wanted to write and there is no doubt about that, but the content of that writing was never really clear. Now, I could not see myself without my blog or any of my articles.
What have the highlights been so far? Does any particular moment stand out?
Honestly, there have been so many for me. The support and reception I got when I started blogging again was amazing. Huge confidence booster. Then I took up residency as EILE Magazines style editor and everything just kept getting better. I was nominated for five awards at the Irish blogging awards then and I was a finalist for one. Then you cant dismiss receiving all the free stuff from different companies. But I think the real highlight for me is having the chance to blog and write and have a readership. It doesn’t matter to me that people don’t know me personally but to know that they enjoy my stuff – that’s a different feeling altogether.
What are your hopes for the future? What is your ultimate goal?
Looking to the future is always tough. I’m the biggest dreamer, ever. Like I have so many visions throughout the day, its ridiculous. But I honestly think that the end goal is to be editor in chief of a magazine or even my own. And for that to be successful and to follow its ethics and the reasoning of why it began.
Have you anything exciting things coming up in the pipeline?
You know, there are actually a good few things that I have planned. And they don’t all revolve around my blog or the magazine. But, I cant be telling you these because they are secrets for a reason. But its a very exciting time so I’m gonna keep my fingers crossed.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of blogging and fashion?
Well blogging takes up a hell of a lot of my time and working two jobs as well as writing for the magazine doesn’t leave much room. But when I have time, I spend it with my friends. I have the best friend group in the world and when I’m around them I just de-stress and forget about everything. I mean, I’d be lost without them.
Do you think its hard for a guy to break into the fashion world?
You know, I don’t see why it would be? Women never get asked that question. People just think its a given that women are going to be in the fashion industry doing well and men have to try and break into it. But if you are to look at the industry right now, from writers to designers, each sex is pretty equal. If you have a good idea, work hard, keep pushing each day then there is no reason why you shouldn’t be there. That’s how I see it anyway.
Do you find it hard to juggle everything?
You know, I find it hard to just sit down and do nothing. Yeah I will do it in a heartbeat when I’m hungover, which is never *cough*, but because I do so much with my blog, work two jobs and am constantly with my friends I like to be kept going and I’m far more productive that way. They say stress is good for you anyway, am I right?