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I have a background in film, television and theatre which started my love for fashion, beginning on stage in my first principle role at the age of 5. Being exposed to this type of industry so young makes it easy to accept it all when you're older and a part of it. Also makes me more aware of how to network and sell myself in a room when I need to. I have danced and sing since the age of 3, and this is what draws me to artists and dancers as clients because I connect with them.
Lisa, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Fashion Stylist?
I started as a full-time fashion stylist in 2015 after I attended The Fashion Institue of Design and Merchanding. Gaining the best knowledge I could from professionals in the industry. Continuing to grow my business as a freelance wardrobe stylist and working on bigger projects. Developing my team of people to make sure We all mesh well and can work together on my projects.
Who is your inspiration in life Lisa? How do you keep inspired?
Both my parents are a huge inspiration in my life because of how hard working they are. They always instilled in me the value of hard work and that nothing comes without that. They are also the most giving, humble two people and I know that it's a great personal trait to have because it will continue to make me a better human being and know I'm genuine in what I do, with work and outside of it. Living in a city far away from home can always be overwhelming but the value of family, and what my parents have taught me to help me to be genuine here and appreciate how fortunate I've been in my career and life. I aspire to be the best version of myself who is honest, hardworking and genuine.
We all make mistakes Lisa, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Fashion Stylist; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Being a fashion stylist, you are always dealing with different personalities and a lot of people at once. Sometimes it is hard not to take situations personality when you work so hard and are developing your business. Not a specific situation of detail but in the past, I have had client undermine what I did and not understand why I made certain decisions and it affected me emotionally. In that situation, I need to remember that not everyone understands what fashion stylist do and why they do what they do, and I would next time have to explain it better before getting emotional
Lisa, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Fashion Stylist, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
It is always a challenge making sure you prioritise your clients and make sure you focus on the important stuff first. I pride my self on being very organised, and I also have a great team behind me that makes sure everything gets done on time and that all The clients are happy. I also really focus on communication and is huge in doing my business in smoothly. This all helps when a lot of things are coming up at the same time
Please tell us, Lisa, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Fashion Stylist?
I had three jobs on one day, and I had to sit down and work out a schedule so every client was happy, satisfied and the work was 110% as if they were the only client I was working with. Had my team each be in charge of a job and oversaw it all. Arranged me being at all of the fittings, checking in on my team throughout to make sure it was impeccable then when it came time for filming I made sure I was at each job when it started to set up and make sure each job started off amazing and then traveled to the next and the next, always stayed in contact with my team members who were on set to make sure everything was running smoothly and no problems were arising then circled back and got back to every job again.
Lisa, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
When I am in a fitting sometimes with my clients, they may have an outfit on that they don't necessarily like the look of on them and are quick to judge it or go to the next. I especially have made a client see an outfit that I loved them, and they ended up wearing it and looked fabulous in it and got in US weekly because of it. There are times when your clients have to trust your skills and why they hired you, and it's not always as they like on the rack or want to wear that looks good on them. It's also about being direct and honest with them which develops and builds your relationship with them. If they don't look the most flattering in an outfit that they love you have to communicate to them why and how it can be fixed or provide other options that are so much more amazing on them that showcases who they are.
Lisa, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Fashion Stylist. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment so far is when I got asked to be a spokesperson for a company and appear on Extra TV. The reason this is such a great moment for me is that they allowed me to be who I am and showcase my work and they believed in my work enough that they felt I was the best representation for their company. It was very rewarding to see myself on TV
Lisa, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
My first editorial shoot on my own I was able to be the most creative. I have put in charge of styling ten looks for a fashion magazine that I have never done on my own. The photographer lets me take free range in the direction and pushed me out of my comfort zone which ended up producing some of my best work. It was very nerve-racking to be put on the spot, but I was able to show my creative side and pull out my confidence being on set.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Fashion Stylist?
Hard work and dedication are very important. Find your niche and something unique about your work and roll with it. If you are confident and passionate about your work others will see that as well. It is also very important to make sure you get your work out there by continually promoting yourself on social media, a website, connecting with people in the industry and always continue networking. What worked for me was getting out there interning, and seeing what it takes first hand. The schooling was amazing and a plus but we experience is always key and taught me the basics of what I know now. I love what I do and couldn't image doing anything else and go above and beyond for my clients and jobs. If you do, this people will notice and recommend you or continue using you.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Always looking for collaboration with talent, brands, creatives. Photo shoots Personal styling Celebrity styling Music videos Branding Social media
Photo 1 & 6 photographers: Rodney Ray@rrayimages Photo 5 photographer Michael j Moore @michaeljmoore1Photo 7 Getty images Photo 8 photographer Mike Leddy @mikeleddyphotgraphy Photo 9 Getty images Photo 10 photography: Michael Ramos @michael_tamos88