Think the fashion biz is pure glamour? Get a firsthand look at different fashion professionals, including a fashion stylist to find out what working in the industry is really like.
A Typical Day
A typical day for me includes waking up at about 4 a.m. (sometimes earlier) to get dressed and eat breakfast. Next I have to load up my car with clothes, clothes racks and other miscellaneous stylist equipment.
Then I have to drive to the location where I am needed, making sure that I am there at least 2 hours prior to call time so I will be ready for work. This includes steaming garments, making sure all outfits, shoes and accessories are together and visible for each talent to know what's their's. Action!, Cut!, May I go in?,Action!, Cut! and then That's a Wrap!
The Best/WorstPart of the Job
The best part of my job is the travel, free clothes and working with a variety of people and settings. The worst part of my job are the long hours and dealing with some people's attitude.
My favorite fashion secret is the top-stick or double stick tape. It's amazing how a small piece of tape allows you to fit a garment on you the way you want and stays all day.
Some of the people who use stylist are celebrities, fashion shows, television, videos, magazines and that's just to name a few. Anyone can utilize a stylist as long as you feel the need and are willing to pay for one. But the most popular are the ones mentioned above.
Getting Started as a Stylist
I got started as a fashion stylist by doing an intern with Macy's for one of their biggest, annual fashion shows. I had a ball. And from then on I have interned more and more gaining the experience that I needed and becoming a key fashion stylist.
Education & Experience
My educational background consist of The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, The School of Fashion Merchandising and Make Up Designory. My work experience includes: Macy's, Nordstrom, Ralph Lauren, Versace, FOX, TLC, BET and that's just to name a few.
How to Be a Fashion Stylist
I advise for all future fashion stylist to first go to a school that specializes in fashion styling such as, Make Up Designory. The course is very helpful and the resources and contacts that you receive are great and beneficial.
And last but not least and the most important is to network, network, network! Because in this business is not what you know, it's who you know. Stay focused, determined and all your dreams shall come true. Hope to meet you all soon.
Keyonna S. Cox