Advice from a Fashion Stylist: Jas Lashay

As if I did not have enough career ventures on my list of life goals, I have yet added another: fashion/hair stylist. I have always had a knack for putting together outfits that other people may find – tragic. In high school one girl told me, “Artrell, you know you never really match but you still always look cute!” At the time I wasn’t sure if that was a compliment or an insult. I later came to learn from my cousin that the correct term for such a predicament was an “un-sult”. Anywho, I got a chance to catch up with an up and coming wardrobe stylist from LA, JasLashay. She gave me some tips on breaking into the business and I figured you guys could use it too!

Follow her on twitter @jasthesylist and check out her website

1. Portfolio 
It's essential to have a good portfolio to showcase your work. Because when you meet people they will want to know what you do and how WELL you do it. Its a big difference between saying you’re a stylist and actually having something to show for it. Get a good photographer, a model and go to work!! Also, you will want to have a variety of looks so keep in mind that you’ll need to be constantly updating your work.

2. Network 
This is the one of the most important tools you’ll need to get yourself out there. Go to events, mingle and don't be afraid to spark up a convo with a stranger. You never know who you will meet. It could be someone you can collaborate with in the future. You want to establish a relationship with people so that when anyone is looking for a stylist they will refer others to you.

When you get a few photo-shoots done set up a Model Mayhem account. This is a great way to network online with other professionals in the creative field.

3. Stay Fresh 
You want to keep up with trends and latest news in fashion because you want to stay relevant. I check fashion sites on a daily basis to know the latest fashions, show reviews, etc. Just to know whats out there and to get inspiration.

4. Assist 
It's best to get an internship with a stylist or become an assistant to one. This will expose you and give you hands on training in the field.

A good idea is to contact agencies that set up jobs for stylists and inquire about assisting them.

Hope these help! Good luck!


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