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Stark County man featured on Amazon Prime's 'Making the Cut'

Posted at 7:11 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 19:11:13-04

PARIS, Ohio — A local man is making the cut on a new Amazon Prime series

Will Riddle grew up in Paris, Ohio and is now one of the fashion designers featured on Making the Cut.

Riddle spent most of his childhood taking private art lesson, but realized when he was a teenager that he enjoyed watching fashion television shows.

"I became immediately obsessed with everything from the models, the venues, the staging and the theatrics that accompanied the clothes. I quickly realized that my years of drawing, color theory and general crafting could roll up into a pretty cool career if I could figure out a way to make it happen for myself," Riddle said.

When Riddle decided to making the jump from a small city to New York City, he knew he would have more opportunities to get into the field.

"My hometown of Paris has a population of 1,300 people (only 73 people per square mile), so I worked on sharpening my wit, intellect and skill-set to ensure I was in line with the rest of my competition in the city. NYC is not the place you go to leisurely escape or start anew. It's a place you go to grind and live out your fantasies and that's exactly what I've done. Ten-fold," Riddle said.

Riddle said he enjoyed all of the international travel he had from being on the show and that it was his first time traveling to Europe.

"I mean, what an amazing opportunity to not only show your work to American viewers, but also be translated and broadcast in 220 different countries in a global competition," Riddle said.

Riddle said his career in fashion has been a wild ride and it's only just beginning.

"I never thought I would be in a position to showcase my work on an international platform, so if anyone thinks I'm going to take this opportunity for granted they're crazy,"Riddle said.

He said he tries to make the trip back to Ohio as much as he can, but usually only makes it three or four times a year.