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In the social spectrum, I go by my first and middle name which is R'Nelle CyRe' (pronounced ar-nell suh-ray). I can seem very serious and even am sometimes, but I'm very quirky and silly too. I'm a Scorpio, and I'm proud to be one, and I'll be 19 on November 19th of this year. I am a bit shy at first, but when I'm comfortable, I can't stop talking! My favourite color is blue, but I'm finicky about wearing it as I rarely think I look good in it. I love wearing black, white, and burgundy/deep red. My favourite brand is Steve Madden, my favourite food is french fries, and I've recently been getting into KPOP; my favourite group is EXO.
R'Nelle, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Creative Director?
I chose 'Creative Director' as I don't do just one thing. In fact, I never want to be able to 'define' what I do by one thing. I'm very creative, and watching America's next top model when I was 7 to growing up listening to different genres and languages of music to fashion films and books and classes, etc. have all led to what I do now. My passion is everything to do with fashion and beauty, and I aspire to be famous and share my knowledge and talent around the world as well as inspire everyone I come into contact with. I'd like always to be financially stable and capable of supporting my family as well as those in need. I also aspire to live a full life filled with love, success, and happiness, and someday I'd like to get married and start a family while living out my dreams.
Who is your inspiration in life R'Nelle? How do you keep inspired?
My inspirations include my mom, Alexander Wang, Steve Madden, Carolina Herrera, etc.. I keep inspired by constantly reading up on my favourite designers and makeup brands, shopping from them, blogging about them, recommending them, and embodying the things I love about them. I also recently created an inspo board featuring the things I want in my life. I keep it on my wall, and I see it daily.
We all make mistakes R'Nelle; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Creative Director; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
My first blogging job was with an online bridal and prom dress boutique. I was so eager to get the opportunity and took whatever they gave me, not realising that I had the right to tell them how much I desired to be paid. In the long run, I was underpaid as I allowed them to negate everything. Always stand up for yourself. My mom always preached growing up: "Know your worth."
R'Nelle, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Creative Director, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
At my current job as a Stylist, it can be difficult meeting everyone's needs. In these times, the number one thing I can do is take a deep breath. I step into the other room, remember who I am and my purpose, remember the needs I'm trying to meet, and then I work through them one step at a time making sure that everyone is taken care of but in the time they should be such as who came first, had an appointment, etc..
Please tell us R'Nelle, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Creative Director?
I always have to be very strategic. The best tool to help me meet my goals is to create/use a checklist to keep track of my priorities and work to the best of my ability to meet them.
R'Nelle, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
I often have clients who are sold on a particular dress until they try it on. It doesn't fit the way they wanted, or they just don't like it. In these cases, I take over and have them try on my current favourites, and they end up leaving with the selection I chose.
R'Nelle, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Creative Director. 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 first major brand collab: I was contacted by Aerie by American Eagle, and they asked me if I would be interested in promoting their Holiday 2016 campaign. I love the brand, so I was ecstatic. They sent me a huge box full of goodies from their site for free, and all they asked in return is that I share the pieces on my Instagram. I had to have received at least 15 different pieces of clothes, outerwear, sleepwear, jewellery, etc.. It was incredible, and I have made great contacts because of it.
R'Nelle, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I am always able to be creative with my work. Everything I do allows me to have my twist, even with styling and the client relies on the stylist to do their part and fit them for the best possible garments as well as finding ways to style items individually for the client. It's always exciting as I get to show who I am, and it takes away difficulty as I get to hold the reigns.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Creative Director?
Always follow your heart, know your worth, and know what you want. You can do whatever you want, even if that means doing 10 or 20 different things. Be you, and stay true to yourself and sticking to your goals.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes!! I'd love to blog about various beauty and fashion brands or promote them in my magazine or both. I am open to photography and modelling gigs as well as they are also both passions of mine. Collabing with beauty brands on my YouTube channel or blog would be great as well.
All photos were taken by me, R'Nelle Collins. www.rnellesclassicreations.com, @rnellecyre (Instagram) & @RNelle (Twitter)