I get a ton of emails asking me how I got my start as a stylist/ fashion expert. There is a common misconception that I got where I am today overnight. That it was just dumb luck, that I happened to know the right people, or that I was just at the right place at the right time.
While some of the above is slightly true, the real truth is that I worked my butt off. I started at the very bottom and worked my way up. I still have a long way to go career wise but as a teacher and a mentor to many aspiring stylists, I have a few things to say on the topic.
My love of fashion started at a very early age (we’re talking 5 years old, people). I jumped right in by learning how to sew (thank you, Grandma). I made clothing for my Barbie’s, hair scrunchies (memba those?) that I sold a local craft shows, and finally garments for myself.
In high school I designed and made the clothing for our high school fashion shows. I was so in love with fashion that I decided to go to college to study fashion design (parents were less than stoked).
After 4 years I decided design wasn’t for me. I low paying job offer will do that to a girl. I moved back home and started working retail. A post-college slap in the face.
I an effort to move out of my parent’s house I got a job at AOL working as an executive assistant. Out of sheer boredom I started a blog where I styled people virtually.
For years I worked fashion-related office jobs to pay the bills but my I wanted to break away from my desk so bad. I signed up for classes at School of Style (where I know work) and learned how to become a stylist for actual humans. I quit my job and I was off and running.
Today I work steadily as a stylist and a fashion expert. This career was years in the making. So for those that want in, be ready to humble yourself and work hard. Feed your career and one day it will grow into something beyond your wildest dreams.
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