What is the best thing that I love about my work?
I am a Fashion Stylist. While most people assume it’s all about shopping and great style, they don’t realize that there is a very human, personal element involved. The best thing about my job is that I get to work with people on an intimate level, to help create stories through a visual image.
Whether I’m working with a large company on an advertising campaign or with a corporate executive who is hoping to rebrand their look to advance their career, I’m fortunate enough to be in control of creating a message on their behalves.
What is my idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect happiness is living in the present moment, not focused on the past or anticipating the future. It is being grateful for everything you have at any given moment.
What is my greatest fear?
My greatest fear is complacency and becoming comfortable in any area of my life, especially my career and personal growth.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
My inability to know when to stop and see that a project has been successfully completed. I often second-guess myself and feel as though I’m not prepared, expending additional time and resources even after I know my work is finished and ready to be shown to a client. Pushing something further than it needs to go is often detrimental to the outcome, as I find it dilutes the work that’s already been done, filling it with unnecessary options.
Which living person in my profession do I most admire?
Patricia Field. Her disregard for the norms of her industry at the height of her career and her ability to trust in her vision and break boundaries, made her so inspirational as an entrepreneur and as a leader in the fashion world. What she was able to create as a costume designer still resonates with audiences today and creates conversations about fashion and personal identity that we weren’t previously having.
What is my greatest extravagance?
My styling kit is by far my greatest extravagance. I always want to have absolutely everything on hand that could be required for a job, while also anticipating things that may get asked for but most likely never will. No expense is off limits in this regard and I’m constantly searching for new things I can purchase to add to my growing kit.
On what occasion would I lie?
In order to protect someone.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
Doing returns! As a Fashion Stylist, a big part of the job involves returning clothing after photo shoots, commercials, fittings etc. I’ll always have way more options available on hand than is necessary for any project and once it’s completed, everything that wasn’t used has to be taken back to the stores it was purchased from. This always feels like such a time-intensive, non-productive part of my job.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
I’m happiest at my work when I get to see an internal transformation in my clients. When a light switch clicks and they all of a sudden see themselves in a new way because they’ve found a reinvigorated sense of self-confidence, I feel like I’ve done my job. This brings me so much happiness and gratitude for being able to do the work that I do everyday and have an impact on the way people feel about themselves.
If I could, what would I change about myself?
I would be more assertive and less fearful of asking for help when I’m unsure of how to reach a desired outcome.
What is my greatest achievement in work?
Being trusted by major brands like Target, Mercedes Benz, and Sephora to create visual representations of the message they seek to convey to their consumers through the styling of their ad campaigns. I’m so proud of the work I get to do with brands at this level, because the content we create is seen all over the world and directly impacts the way people relate to these companies.
Where would I most like to live?
I absolutely love Los Angeles and don’t know that I would choose to live full time anywhere else. I’m originally from Toronto, and spending most of my life in a city that experiences such extremes in whether has made me so grateful to now live in a place that has beautiful sun all year round. Besides the climate, LA is a city filled with people pursuing their dreams and passions, and to be surrounded by that on a daily basis is wildly motivating and inspiring.
What is my most treasured possession?
It would probably have to be my laptop, and not because of an inherent sentimental value but because my entire life is on it. Without it I couldn’t do my job and would be completely lost.
What is my most marked characteristic?
Determination and stubbornness. If I get a thought or idea in my mind, it’s next to impossible for me to let go of it until I’ve pursued it fully.
What is my most inspirational location in my city?
The beach. I love riding my bike down the coast and experiencing the beauty of nature. It really allows me to clear my thoughts and draw inspiration from a euphoric mental state.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
The Ivy in Santa Monica.
What books influenced my life and how?
“Setting the Table” by Danny Meyer. This is by far my favorite book and one I continue to read over and over. His enlightened vision of what hospitality and service should look like completely shifted the way I operate in my work and serve my clients.
“The Hard Thing About Hard Things” by Ben Horwitz. With so many books available about business and motivation, this one paints a vivid picture of the failures that often precede success and plans that never make it to fruition. The eloquent manner with which he outlines the reality of struggle in entrepreneurship, provided peace of mind for me knowing how difficult this path is for so many others.
Who are my favorite writers?
Augusten Burroughs, Melissa Febos, Jessica Valenti, Ariel Levy, Sam Lansky, and Liz Pryor
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen to on my last day?
Old soul music.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Lisbeth Salander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
My mother. She has shown me what it means to be a strong woman while also achieving her goals with the utmost compassion and empathy for everyone around her.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?
The Shawshank Redemption.
What role does art play in my life and work?
Art plays a huge role in my life and is the basis for a lot of my inspiration at work. I find so many unexpected ideas in all forms of art that push me to be more creative as a Stylist. In my personal life, art is all around me in the things I enjoy doing and immersing myself in, and it has a calming affect on my mood.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My mother is my biggest support system and advocate for my work. She has never questioned my judgment or decision-making in my career, even when I wasn’t sure if I was taking the right steps. She’s always had complete faith in me, which has allowed me to have less self-doubt and full confidence in what I’m doing.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019?
In 2019 I would love the opportunity to work with more amazing brands and continue to style exciting advertising campaigns. I love being able to reach new audiences through my work and hope to be able to do a lot more of that this year.
Which people in my profession would I love to meet in 2019?
Any other creative-minded people who have a similar vision to mine and are looking to build exciting content. This year I want to be pushed as a stylist in a way I never have before, and I’d love the chance to meet other people who are on that same path.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?
I have an upcoming advertising campaign with Nordstrom that I am highly anticipating and very much looking forward to getting started on. This will be my first time working with the retailer as a stylist and I’m excited by the prospect of developing amazing messages through fashion that translate with their customers.
Where can you see me or my work in 2019?
I keep my website very up to date, so you can always find my most recent projects on there.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
I love this saying and it fully resonates with me. When your passion is your work, and you are fortunate enough to spend everyday doing something you truly love and value, the experience of fulfillment only builds with time.
How can you contact me?