Celebrities, models, artists, corporate honchos, in short, the crème de la crème and just about the who’s who of the glamour and media want a personal stylist; do you fit the bill? Take a look below and learn how to be one of the pros; you never know which diva would want your help!
Accept the fact that you aren’t the star
- Hard-hitting truth but that’s how it is. As a stylist, you would always be behind the scene most of the times. Stylists have to work hard and be smart at doling out their services, and that is exactly what you would be doing.
- No matter how much the style looks trendy to you, if it doesn’t fit the condition, you need to change all over. This is where most people lose their calm, unlike the pros who act otherwise.
Your client comes before your needs, at all times!
Consider the role of a stylist to be that of a celebrity surrogate parent. Their needs would always be before your own. As a stylist you’d have to have an eye for detail, especially knowing the mindset and the needs of your client.
Stay in the loop of trends
Clients have business rivals and occupational hazards, as a stylist you are expected to keep them one notch above competition, looks and personality wise. Stylists therefore need to;
- Be well-read,
- Up-to-date with lifestyle, fashion and trends,
- Follow the who’s who (discretely) through social networking sites,
- Bring out the uniqueness in the clients,
- Use innovative ways to build the client’s image as a style icon.
Spread your wings
It is important as a stylist to be well-connected with the media, glamour, television and the fashion world; they seem to be one but they are not. Stylists should coordinate with writers, magazine editors, editorials and the electronic media, sometimes with the print media as well. It is through their help where networks are made, and clients are found from all over the globe to work with.
Create your portfolio
Just as any other occupation, a strong and well-built portfolio, resume or profile is a must. Every stylist should have a portfolio that speaks of their;
- Educational qualifications,
- References of clients working for or from the past (at least two or three),
- Previous work experience (payroll or freelance),
- Recommendation letters, and
- A crisp but informative profile cover letter.
An internship under a brand or a major fashion and lifestyle company can help budding stylists go full-throttle in the business. Learning from the pros and rubbing shoulders with experts, sometimes for long hours and without a pay, yields sweet fruits in the end. Budding stylists should apply to at least four to five internships while the holidays are on, and attend at least two of them to learn the art of being versatile.
Decide the niche in styling
Do you want to be a celebrity stylist or a stylist for a business tycoon? Is the world of films too alluring or would you prefer the grooming schools? As a stylist in the making, you have got to sit and ask yourself these questions. Make sure not to aim too high and end up falling down; rather pick up a niche and set realistic goals for yourself.