How to Become a Movie Stylist
Do you want to know how to become a movie stylist or celebrity fashion stylist? Just how does one get into this business? It isn’t as cut and dry as many professions, like nurses and lawyers, where you know you just need to get the right education and training, put the time and effort in and the career field doors will open somehow. As a stylist, you need to be able to market yourself and make people who are celebrated for their fashion trust you to dress them for films, important events and even everyday life, depending on what kind of stylist you are. You don’t even necessarily need an education-you either have what it takes or you don’t!
It is possible to make this career happen, though, as difficult as it may sound. Here are a few tips to follow to get the ball rolling:
Tip #1: Develop a personal style. It is important to figure out what your style niche is so that you can stand out from the crowd. This personal style will become your “calling card” in the business.
Tip #2: Know the trends.
It’s important to stay on top of what’s going on in the fashion magazines and look out for trends in designers, accessories, styles, photography methods, hair and makeup and more.
Tip #3: Begin networking professionally.
The best ways to make professional contacts in the fashion industry are to apply for apprenticeships or internships and/or volunteer for an unpaid position in the fashion industry. Make sure to introduce yourself to everyone you meet, both on the job and personally, who works in the industry. This includes everyone from hair dressers to publicists. You never know who you’ll need to know.
Tip #4: Get ready for the real world!
Do as many tear sheets and sample photo shoots as possible to use for your portfolio and inclusion with your resume. Start contacting celebrity representatives. Get agency representation, and get out there and start working!
Being a stylist is more than just picking out fabulous outfits and traveling for work. It isn’t always glamorous. You will need to have experience as both a fashion stylist and a wardrobe stylist to make it big in this business. You need to be able to create more than just a look-you’ll be creating an image to match with a persona. You need to be able to make connections and form tight relationships with movie stars, directors and other celebrities so that they will want to work with you again.