1. How old were you when you became obsessed with wardrobe design?
I’ve always been pretty fascinated with with clothing ever since I can remember. My Mom literally used to dress me up in Christian Dior jumpers when I was a baby. I’ve been well dressed and interested in fashion all my life. I’d probably say my senior year in high school is when I started to actually want to pursue fashion as a career.
2. When did you decide “okay, this is it, I’m going to be a professional wardrobe stylist?” Who were some of your mentors or inspirations when you got started?
Well I actually wanted to pursue fashion design first. I went to design school for a bit after graduating but ended up dropping out because I hated it. I had the ideas and the vision but the whole process of drafting, sketching, sourcing, everything was just too much for me at the time. That’s ultimately unbeknownst to me when my career as a stylist began. I started working building my book and contacts quickly, while I was still taking classes. Before I knew it I started booking all these gigs and I ultimately had to make a decision either work and school and I chose to work. I felt like real world experience outweighed sitting in a classroom any day. I still stand by that.
3. What were the early days of your career like? Did you have to test a lot in the beginning to build your book?
I just remembering really hustling and grinding to get myself and my work noticed. With that mentality and already being from LA I think I was fortunate to have access to more resources than the average person. You’re in LaLa land (Hollywood) as they call it where everything is happening so for I know that I was lucky enough to work for two high profile celeb stylist who pretty much took me under their wing and showed me the ropes. I got a pretty quick start on paving my own path however so I was probably working for about 2-3 years tops before I stepped out on my own as a Stylist. In the beginning didn’t really have time to do test shoots and really build my book the way I wanted because I was constantly booked. I just recently started doing tests and updating my book as much as possible.
4. Looking back, is there anything you would do differently in your journey as a stylist? Any decisions you made when you were younger you would not make today, knowing what you have learned so far?
Oh man I could write a book on things I would’ve done differently haha! But honestly it’s all apart of the story and makes me who I am today. I truly believe everything happens for a reason and in divine right order if you let it. That’s the beauty of being human.
5. How do you communicate with the photographer you’re working with on a shoot to achieve his or her goals?
I think collaboration is key. And just good energy overall. When I’m shooting with someone, whatever the look, aesthetic, or feel we want to sell I want us to all be equally as passionate about it. We all have to believe in it and want it bad enough to to do whatever it takes to get that. I definitely try to work with people that I look up to and can learn from and that are as passionate about their craft as I am mine.
6.What skills did you learn early on that you still use today?
Common courtesy, manners and showing respect will never go out of style! Super important to never burn bridges you may need to cross again.
7. Tell us what a dream job is for you?
Professional ice cream taster.
8. What are the three tools in your wardrobe kit that you can never, ever be without?
Spanx, double stick tape and definitely Shout wipes (Binder clips and foot petals if I’m on set or doing a red carpet).
9. What advice for young wardrobe stylists who are just starting out and want to be where you are, at the top of the industry?
I feel like I’m definitely still a young wardrobe stylist starting out myself, but if I had to give any advice it would be stay busy. Always be working on something. It’s sound really cliche but it’s true. And quality over quantity. Its definitely not about how many gigs you can book and how many publications you can make. These gigs can and go but strong work will live forever.
10. What is your favorite quote
My Mom always used to tell me “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”