Right now I'm reading the book "Secrets of Stylists" by Sasha Charnin Morrison. I mentioned it in a video but again, I'm not aiming to become a stylist but anything that has to do with breaking in to the "industry" I find it useful.
In my interview with Ferenc Photography, I actually said, if you never give up, it WILL happen. So when I read the passage below, I was so excited that someone felt the same way!
In the book there is a Q and A with stylist Monica Rose. She was asked: What words of advice would you have for young people who dream of doing what you do?
Her answer is:
"My advice is never give up. If you work hard and set your mind to it, you will make it. Focus is key. Don't worry about everybody else; it's a waist of time to worry about someone else making it before you. You're time will come if you are on the right path. I also suggest working in retail, interning, and assisting. Don't expect to one day decide to style and the next have an A-List client walk the red carpet. Also, don't go into it thinking you are going to make a ton of money right away. It's all about timing and patience."
If I could add my own input to her last sentence, I would say it's also about dedication. The ability to see something through is important.
What I love about her answer (besides both of us believing that never giving up brings success) is that she brings up the point of worrying about other people making it before you. I can't lie, I have been a victim of this. You worry that there won't be any more room for you when you are ready but like Monica said, be on the right and your time will come. And definitely be prepared to work for free. A lot of people trying to break in don't want to work for free, for example, hair stylists that work in salons find it very hard to understand you must work for free in the beginning. You will do a lot of test shoots for prints for your portfolio.
I have gotten ignored by people just because they feel they are better than me. I have people ignore me once they find out I have a child. I just have to remember that some people will find ANYTHING to judge you about.
Reading Monica's answer gives me so much hope because I know I am working my butt off to make my dreams a reality, and it calms me down after I freak out over a new makeup artist getting signed to an agency when I don't feel ready to take my work in myself. All in due time.
-Makeup Artist Jessica Rivera