IS BECOMING a STYLIST for YOU?
If so, you might well have similar questions to those I had myself, way back:
- Could I? Should I? Who do I think I am? What will my family and friends think?
- Am I stylish enough? Am I too old? How do I even get started? How will I find clients?
- What will I charge? Can I really earn money doing something I LOVE?
- How do I even set up my own business? Am I right kind of person?
- Do I have the confidence?
I hope to answer those questions here:
So, what DOES it take to become a stylist?
I can only speak for my own views and my own experience, of course, but here goes:
Could I? Could I actually do this work? Do I have the confidence?
Personally, I was never the fashionista, never the person who was born with style. EVERYTHING I know today about dressing with style has been learned and, in that learning and my own TRANSFORMATION, came the CONFIDENCE.
The truth is, this work is less about us as the stylist, the colour consultant, whatever we choose to call ourselves. It’s everything about THE CLIENT, the woman who is seeking her own transformation and when, as the stylist, we focus on her and her needs, our own insecurities simply fall away.
Changing direction always carries risk – or excitement, whichever way you choose to look at it! Faced with this potential risk I asked myself:
- What’s the worst that could happen?If it doesn’t work out as planned is it STILL something I’d LOVE to do?
- Is it a process I’d enjoy regardless?Regardless of the outcome am I ready to move from ‘where I am now’ anyway?
- What have I got to ‘lose’?
- What might I have to gain?
I knew I wanted to do this work – I simply needed to work out HOW to go about it.
My ‘how’ was to train alongside my existing job.
As I started to gain clients, I reduced the days I worked at my ‘day job’ gradually, until I was at a point where, financially, I could afford to take the final leap of faith.
It felt scary AND exciting; mainly exciting!
Who do I think I am?
I used to question: ‘Is this work a bit frivolous?’ Frivolous because I’d actually enjoy it! Frivolous compared with ‘proper’ jobs!
These days I come back to THE CLIENT and her transformation – transforming lives is far from frivolous!
Can I really earn money doing something I LOVE?
Yes! Yes, you can earn money doing something you love!
If you LOVE the subject, are PASSIONATE about transforming lives and, with help and suggestions, are prepared to PROMOTE YOUR WORK there is definitely a living to be made in this glorious industry.
What will my family and friends think?
The truth is not everyone ‘gets’ this work! To me, this no longer matters.
I know, without doubt and with confidence, colour and style changes lives.
It’s transformational. No question.
Am I stylish enough?
This was a biggie for me!
It’s SO easy to look around and compare ourselves – there will always be others who are more stylish in our eyes!
The truth is we all have our own personal dress style, a unique expression of ourselves as an individual. Clients will either be attracted to work with us as that individual, or not – I believe, on the whole, like attracts like.
A client will fundamentally seek help from someone she can relate to; feels comfortable with. Someone who is real, has an authentic style of her own and shops in real, everyday places. Someone who will fundamentally show her how to achieve the realistic, day-in-day-out wardrobe she cannot achieve herself.
Am I too old? Too young?
I WHOLE heartedly believe there is space for ALL ages in this profession.
Like, simply, attracts like. Women of ALL ages lose their way in terms of dressing; changing shape, changing circumstances, lack of confidence. Age is but a word.
How do I even get started? How will I find clients? What will I charge? How do I even set up my own business?
These are questions that I became bogged down with too early in the process if I’m being honest, why I share what worked for me as part of my training process and why I offer extended business mentoring for those that feel they need or want it.
Essentially, your energy and enthusiasm for your work attracts your future clients; the rest can be learned
Am I the right kind of person?
It may be, that by now, you will be well on your way to reaching your own conclusion as to whether becoming a stylist is for you – or otherwise.
If you’re on the fence, need confirmation or reassurance I would love to help you decide – sometimes, simply ruling something out can bring you a step closer to what IS meant for you. Simply message me or call 01329 667308 or 07742 816435