A: I needed a job and in a moment of desperation answered an ad on Craigslist that was looking for an assistant to a stylist. As luck would have it, the stylist I met with was legit and we actually had friends in common. She took me on in a leap of faith with no prior experience aside from my first job which had been writing at a magazine in London. After a year with her, I moved to Conde Nast as the Assistant West Coast Editor for Allure Magazine. I had always wanted to be in journalism but after working at a magazine, I fell in love with ‘set life’ and creating the stories though clothes. I am also way better at working for myself rather than in a corporate environment, so moving into styling was an organic step. After that I got lucky again and got my first celebrity client from a friend who directed a movie and one of the actresses needed a dress for the premiere last minute. A fortunate series of events I think they call it!
A: In this day and age everything has opened up so much. there is no ceiling to a job description and the options are endless, you just need to find somewhere to start. The growth of the internet and social media, has really leveled the playing field – many things that were sources of differentiation 10 years ago are viewed as commodities today given we all have access to the same stuff. So, it is important to create a competitive advantage doing things better, differently, and with a strong brand that evokes an emotional attachment – beyond the functional attributes of a product or service. In a nutshell you have to be better or different to win. This industry is no longer just open to the elite, everyone has the opportunity to find a niche and spot and make themselves heard. It’s about finding an ‘in’ and then working your butt off. The two qualities that I believe to be the most important in this industry are tenacity and resourcefulness. Never be above anything, especially in the beginning. You can learn from every angle of this business, it all overlaps and ALWAYS be true to yourself. Your biggest asset is that you are unique.