Mickey Freeman, also known as Mickey Boooom, is a fashion stylist and designer, born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mickey Freeman is heavily inspired by history, but driven by the future. He recently participated in our Breed Portfolio Building Day styling our models for our student photographers. His aesthetic is unique creating a visual schematic in a world in which cultural, racial, and religious lines are blurred.
How old were you when you became obsessed with wardrobe design?
My instinctual creative flair has had very early beginnings. I’ve been obsessed with fashion since a young child but I became obsessed with wardrobe design about 5 years ago.
When did you decide “okay, this is it, I’m going to be a professional wardrobe stylist?”
The frustration of feeling like I didn’t belong at my 9-5 job gave birth to my need to make the world more beautiful, which is as strong as my need to breathe air.
Who were some of your mentors or inspirations when you got started?
Edward Enninful, Mariel Haenn, Mel Ottenberg, Olivier Rousteing, Ty Hunter, Rick Owens, Rihanna, June Ambrose, Rachel Zoe, Misa Hylton-Brim, to name a few, are some names that come to mind when i think of people who’ve inspired me when I got started. My mentor Octavius Terry-Sims was also a big influence.
What were the early days of your career like? Did you have to test a lot in the beginning to build your book?
The juxtaposition of growing up in a rough environment, coupled with my attention commanding personal style, created some internal turmoil early on. Also, not knowing how to gain access to clothes for shoots was very frustrating for me. After much networking and a lot of test shoots, I gained the knowledge that I needed to take my career to the next level.
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?
There is nothing I would do differently. I believe that everything that has happened when I was younger has helped shape the Stylist I am today. My decision to maintain an unyielding faith in god and trusting the process were key during my journey.
There were a few decisions I’ve made as a young artist that I would not make today and that would be the decision to say yes to every styling opportunity that was presented before me without asking questions or for details.
How do you communicate with the photographer you’re working with on a shoot to achieve his or her goals?
Open Communication is imperative when I communicate with the photographer I’m working with on a shoot. Coordinating with the photographer with the intentions to collaborate will achieve the desired goals.
What skills did you learn early on that you still use today?
Preparedness, punctuality, active listening, patience, and Being a team player are skills that I’ve learned early on that I use today.
Tell us what a dream job is for you?
Opening my very own talent agency specializing in the representation, branding and development of creative talent, including hair, make up, styling, and photography. I also want to be an Editor in chief of an high end fashion publication.
What are the three tools in your wardrobe kit that you can never, ever be without?
Double stick tape, safety pins, and needle/thread.
What advice for young wardrobe stylists who are just starting out and want to be where you are, at the top of the industry?
Trust the process and be prepared when your “big break” arrives. Being prepared means work hard before it happens because the opportunity to style a major moment will arise but if you are not prepared, it will not happen! Also do your homework and study the basics such as who’s who in the industry ( stylists, influencers, designers, brands, celebrities, etc) as well basic history of fashion including post war fashion movements, movies, fashion eras, etc.
What is your favorite quote?
“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. ”― Oprah Winfrey