How Industry Roles Shape a Fashion Stylist Career
In Chapter 8 of 13, fashion stylist Lulu Chen draws upon a wide array of fashion job experiences to tailor her freelance career. Advertising, public relations, sales, and editorial work provide Chen perspective on what roles best suit her interests and cultivate her talents.
How Industry Roles Shape a Fashion Stylist Career Erik Michielsen: How are your various roles and jobs in the fashion industry can shaped an overall perspective of how the business works and what you like to do in it? Lulu Chen: Well, I also did some internships in New York and some part-time freelance in fashion sales and in fashion advertising. And because I always love fashion as a whole, I didn’t know exactly which aspect of it I wanted to do long term as a job, as a career. I wanted to see all aspects of fashion and what jobs they were that related to fashion, but I wasn’t sure which one would best suite me in terms of a career and job. It's almost a circle pie chart and each part of the different experiences I had with the internships, such as public relations and sales, and advertising and the marketing parts. Kind of all come together as a whole, so it was very good experience to have broad view of how everything kind of comes together, how everything works together to make the final end product end happen. Erik Michielsen: How did you draw upon all the informative experiences you have in publishing, fashion and put forth your best effort as a fashion stylist? Lulu Chen: Well, I think it helps when I understands where a client is coming from and what their needs might be for a particular shoot or if a magazine, what their needs might be. And as a freelance stylist, I think it's important to be able to work with these different teams or those different people or the different objectives of the job to produce. I think it's important to be able to understand what the end product needs to be.