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Trelise's Open Road


    Yankee Kiwis


    Auckland, NZ


    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:


Fashion Designer
Trelise Cooper Line

“Fear doesn't go away-fear is with you, and it will stop you or you can actually do it with fear anyway.”


Design Fashion


Confidence Fear Family Exploration Experience Focus Success Goals Courage Culture Pressure Negativity Self-Reflection


Being Creative


business, courage, criticism, dreaming, fear, growth, insecurity, journey, music, opera, personal growth, respect, role models, safety, self expression, small steps, soul searching, support, taking action


  • Growing up, her mother was her role model, but her mother was also a very fearful person.
  • As a result, Trelise developed a fear of criticism and of putting herself out there.
  • Even when she worked up the courage to open her own shop, she spent the whole night before crying in fear.
  • Turns out, she had nothing to be worried about-the next day, she had lines stretching outside of her shop.
  • The turnover she'd hoped to do in a week, she did on her first day, and the turnover she'd hoped to do in a month was done in that first week.
  • Since then, the craziness just hasn't stopped; Trelise says she's loved it and hated it.
  • Throughout her career, she's felt fear and courage living closely side by side, but she pushes herself to do things, even if she's afraid.
  • Says that getting up every day takes courage, but your true fear should be of becoming someone who never takes action.

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