How did you get started in this type of work? What led you into the fashion industry?
LB: I was born into a family of collectors, so I guess you could say I was born into it. My [mother] works in the retail industry, and my aunt is also in the fashion industry. So, I was constantly around the fashion industry. I guess you could say I grew up in it, which led me to where I am now. It’s funny because I actually started out pursuing Fashion Design.
What do you like most about your career?
LB: Every job is different and unique. Creativity and the ability to add your unique twist to your work.
What do you like least about your career?
LB: hours can be long but that's not really a problem. Honestly I don't have much to complain about.
When you were in college which courses did you study to prepare for this line of work?
LB: I actually went to community college at DVC (Diablo Valley College) it was the last year they offered the program so I crammed it all into two semesters. I started as a Fashion Design major working on garments and collections. I even worked as a Fashion Merchandiser. But, I realized that was not my passion. Find something you love and don’t stop looking and trying new things until you’re happy.
As a stylist, you are able to utilize your skills in many aspects. Would you say you like styling for fashion shows, or fashion events, or editorials more than the other? Which is your favorite and why?
LB: I really enjoy the fast pace environment of runway, it's very exciting and I like the challenges that come up at times when having to make sure things stay put while the models walk the runway.
Would you say stylist are found everywhere (statewide)? Where do you think most stylists reside, why?
LB: Today, I would stay stylists are everywhere but also that the term is used more loosely these days. Globally I would say you you'll probably find more stylist where the fashion industry is booming...NY, LA, Paris...places like that. But since it is a business that is based on your reputation and ability/creativity, stylists travel a lot therefore can be anywhere.
What is the growth potential for this type of job?
LB: Stylists can grow into Creative Director positions or Fashion Editors. We've seen stylists go into fashion/jewelry design...really the possibilities are endless. Since your business is fashion you could find yourself going in many directions.
Would you say the opportunities are better in California than New York?
LB: I won’t say there aren’t opportunities in California, it’s just the fashion industry is greater in New York. New York is the fashion district, so you see more people gravitating there. California is still growing in the fashion aspect. San Francisco style and fashion is more relaxed, you don’t really see people pushing the boundaries. New York gives that creative and artistic feeling.