Today I went back to school, well Uni at least to give a careers speech to 2nd year students on my career to date! Quite a bizarre experience thinking back on what I have achieved since i left uni, 7 years ago! I was also quite sad when i realised it had been that long. It’s funny when you actually look back on where you started and it makes you realise how much you have achieved. It is both humbling and motivating to keep on working, tirelessly, to achieve all my dreams.
I was the 3rd and final speaker today and after I sped read, I was quite nervous at the thought of speaking to 140 students and was slightly relieved when they all didn’t turn up. I showed them examples of my styling work and vintage boutique website there was a chance to ask us all some questions.
“When I graduated I felt lost and frustrated all at the same time”
It was an honour to be asked to take part in today’s event and it made me think about how much I would have enjoyed this session when I was at uni. When I graduated I felt lost and frustrated all at the same time. I knew I wanted to be a stylist, that I would relocate anywhere for the right job & that I would try my hardest but the biggest hurdle I faced was where to start! Naturally I decided to go travelling, why not hey I was young, free and loved travelling. After a year on the road my career really began.
“signed as a stylist and had my first PAID job”
After hours of working for free whilst working full time putting myself out there I finally got signed as a stylist and had my first PAID job!! I was so happy excited and to a certain extent relieved that I called my mum and then cried out of happiness. One of the hardest decisions I had to make was to quit my full time job with a steady income I knew I could pay my bills but not fulfil my dreams. I saying that I like to live buy is “never to regret anything that I don’t do”. I don’t want to be old and wish I had tried that little bit harder, or took a chance so I quit my job!! Scary isn’t the work with bills to pay I had to make it work. Some months were great others weren’t but the best thing is that every day I get to a job I love and feel alive, happy and excited about where I can take my career in the future. We all have the power to control our own destiny you just have to work hard, be tenacious and believe that you can!
“The best thing is that every day I get to a job I love”
Network!!! Meet creatives in your city or country on sights like Model Mayhem & Purple Port.
Use LinkedIn to meet people and gain internships.
Blog- It doesn’t matter about the numbers or fame do it to show your passion, knowledge and your take on the industry.
Be Tenacious- You will be told NO more times than you are told YES, but never give up.
Be a good person- As a stylist you will have to communicate with lots of people! Magazine editors, photographers, pr agencies, designers, make up artists, hair stylists, models, assistants and more. You need to be confident in what you say and professional yet personable at the same time.
Patiences- It really is a virtue and things don’t happen overnight, the same with shoots. The day of the shoot can be long 9,10,11 or more hours stood outside cold and wet in winter, not to mention the day or two you did before to pre for the shoot collection the clothes and accessories, carrying so much you felt like a Mule. It isn’t as glamorous as everyone thinks it is.
I hope you enjoy this and that if you are inspiring stylist that it gives you some tips on how to get started. I’d love to hear from you all.