Fashion Illustrator Holly Nichols grows her following

I have fun treat for you today (ok and for me) because her art speaks right to the glamourous side of me (eh hem) as I type this wearing sweat pants.  Holly Nichols is with me and she is sharing her rapid rise, how she went from student to full time illustrator in a very short amount of time. What was her biggest key to success? Finding what SHE liked to illustrate and leveraging Instagram! I just love it when someone younger than I am teaches me a new way of looking at things. In this interview, you will hear how she went from 1 k to 18k followers (now 19k since our interview) in under a year! Pretty amazing, right? She was disciplined and thoughtful in ways that wouldn’t have thought of.  I just love a smart cookie like Holly. All this has led to some pretty EXCITING opportunities coming up in her future! Tune in to this episode to listen in to Holly’s story!

You can see all her chic work on her website. You can follow her on instagram here.   Check out her unique partnership with a wedding store here. Buy cute prints and cards from her Etsy shop here.
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9 Comments

  • Great interview! I'm pretty new to Instagram and am looking to grow my following, so this episode was especially helpful! I think so much of it is finding your photographic voice… something I think will emerge as I continue to post and see what resonates with people. I'm just starting out as a personal stylist (with an eco-twist), so most of what I post are my daily outfits – and sometimes THAT's hard because I have to rely on my hubs to take the picture! And now that it's dark at 4PM, I have to get him to come home from work on his lunch break for a mini photo session!! I'm not a model, and he's not a photographer, so it's a pretty funny exchange that the neighbors enjoy watching 🙂 Congrats, Holly, on your booming success!! Yay for New Englanders!! (I'm in Vermont.) Stasia

  • Great interview!
    How about the copyright issue ?
    I've heard that once you post instagram owns the image !

    • Monica Lee says:

      No, That is not true, at one point Instagram wanted to be able to use imagery for their own advertising but after a huge outcry, they rewrote their policy

  • Lindsay Tia Reilly says:

    One of the most amazing, talented, and inspiring girls i know! So happy to call her a friend & work buddy. Great person to capture <3

  • Fabulous interview! i love Holly's work, particularly the one she did for me!!

  • Guest says:

    Thanks so much for this great podcast, Monica! I think I got more IG tips from this than a recent 3 day webinar! Your focus on usable information, financial success, lessons learned is so refreshing in a sea of inspiration. Giving insight on ‘how to do it’ instead of just ‘you can do it’ is so helpful. Thank you!!

  • BEVE says:

    Thanks so much for this great podcast, Monica! I think I got more IG tips from this than a recent 3 day webinar! Your focus on usable information, financial success, lessons learned is so refreshing in a sea of inspiration. Giving insight on 'how to do it' instead of just 'you can do it' is so helpful. Thank you!!

    • Monica Lee says:

      Oh That is a really nice compliment, thank you so much!!

  • April Heather Art says:

    I’m so glad I finally had a chance to listen to this GREAT interview! Thank you Monica and Holly! Instagram is amazing and is by far my fav way to connect–I learned a lot today!
    xoxo

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