Dear Career Girl,
Although I'm 13, I would love to be a stylist in Los Angeles for celebrities and such. I live overseas but will move to Los Angeles at the completion of high school. I'm going to do a modelling academy's wardrobe styling workshop here in Australia this weekend, so that might be a mini head start. Are there any junior advantages/tips you could give me? What's a day in the life of a stylist like? I'm most probably going to take Visual Communications because it's my dream/goal. Thanks!
You've got an exciting career ahead of you. And you already have a fab headstart, just by knowing what you want so early on in life. Good for you!
I think it's great that you're participating in a wardrobe styling workshop. Take lots of notes and keep in touch with the people who run the workshop. Remember, you're starting your fashion network.
Since you want to be a fashion stylist, I recommend getting practice putting outfits together, not just for yourself, but for others. Offer to style your friends for events they're going to. Why not style your friends for a themed photo shoot? You could assign yourself a project, like style a shoot for your favorite blog or magazine.
If you don't already have a blog, consider starting one. This will give you a headstart in finessing your styling point of view, which is key to your professional career.
To answer your question about a day in the life of a celeb stylist in Los Angeles, it's exciting! A good stylist will have A-list fashion PR contacts everywhere. They'll visit showrooms, boutiques, and designers, pulling the latest fashions and accessories to put together amazing looks for their clients. They'll be on VIP invitation lists to attend runway shows and PR events to preview collections and meet editors, designers, and fashion professionals. And once they book a job, they'll do fittings with their clients and attend photo shoots. They'll also maintain excellent relationships with the celeb handlers, such as their agents and managers.
Being a celeb stylist sounds glamorous, but it's actually a lot of hard work. It takes someone with excellent fashion sense who is on top of the trends. They are also good with people, not to mention highly organized! Imagine visiting 10 showrooms, pulling 15 key pieces from each one. How do you keep track of 150 fashion pieces so you can return them all in pristine condition the following day? Being organized!
Best of everything to you, Clarissa! You're going to be amazing.
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