Today's question is from Lashana, who asks me:
Lashana goes on to say "That is my DREAM JOB, I just don't know where to start"
Well Lashana, thanks for the great question. It was my dream job too so I know just how lucky I am to be where I am today. In saying that it is not just luck that has brought me to this point. A lot of hard work goes into getting anywhere in the fashion industry and styling is the same if not harder. Working and assisting for free or for very little is the nature of the start up stylist. Say yes to every project just to get your foot in the door and be confidant in your knowledge.
Now I have to admit being a plus sized girl has perhaps meant that it has been a little harder for me, the industry really is that fickle. So yes I have really worked hard to be respected. When I go to a showroom to do a pick up for a shoot I know that they are judging me, as our initial contact is all through email or the phone so they don't know that, "hey I'm fat" but they know my work as I send that through. Actually look I don't know if its true that they are judging me, but that is how some people make me feel. They love my work but then they see me and they are somewhat taken a back? My only response is to ignore them and act professionally. I'm sure you all will know what I mean when I say that, us plus size girls have all been there, but I don't ever let it hold me back. I mean look at me, I'm at fashion week hanging out with the likes of Akira Isogawa and the Vogue Australia editor Kirstie Clements, I don't need to listen to those people, hehe.
My tips for someone wanting to become a stylist are as follows:
- Email stylists and their agencies and ask if they need an assistant. Assisting is a great way to get your foot in the door.
- Be prepared to assist for little or no money for a very long time.
- Say yes to every project that comes your way in the beginning. You never know what may come of it.
- Don't give up with every little set back, it just takes time for people to respond to your hard work. If I had given up every time something went wrong I would have given up in the first week!