Month: July, 2010
Inspiration comes in the strangest forms. Mine often reveals itself over food The other day, while making fried whiting, cheddar cheese grits and applewood smoked bacon, it came to me… like an epiphany! *music break* “I think I’m just about over…” Shout out to my tweetheart, Chrisette Michelle. If you follow me on Twitter, then you know how much I love and respect her as an artist.
In the midst of preparing dinner for folks at the creative hostel came my realization: I’ve been so excited about the recent growth and development of my career, that I started to get hustle mixed up with stupidity. When you’re passionate about anything, it not only resonates with you, but your circle. Your family and friends will become your support system and personal PR team. I can’t begin to elaborate on the number of clients I’ve acquired and connections I’ve made because of my circle. They are apart of my success.
As a fashion stylist & creative director, one of my immediate goals is to have my work published in a magazine. Instead of letting it happen organically, I began to chase a tear sheet – an example of your work that can be torn from a publication – by any means necessary. *adjusts Malcolm X glasses*
I set up a meeting with a photographer who had strained relationships in many facets of the fashion industry. His reputation and ego proceeded himself – which sometimes is not a bad thing because you know what you’re getting before the train comes. His goal was to start a beach inspired fashion publication and I saw myself becoming an integral part of the staff in the magazine’s infancy stages. Half way through the meeting, my soul was unsettled. At that point I was aware this new relationship would be toxic. However, I wanted that tear sheets so I pressed forward and agreed to take on a number of tasks, despite photographer’s demeaning tone.
So as the grease began to pop, I realized I made it this far from sweat equity, intuition, keen business practices and great support system. My guerrilla approach could have affected my brand, integrity and progress to date. Instead I decided to do what Will Smith so eloquently stated in his video on my previous post, “You don’t try to build a wall. You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say, I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built. You don’t start there. You say, I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. And you do that every single day and soon you have a wall.”
Life’s funny that way…wouldn’t you know it, less than a week later, the fashion gods shined their Ferragamos down on me. *bbm party face* I will be working with two publications in August who’s brands I respect and admire. I won’t say much…now. I’ll let the tear sheets speak for themselves. #POW
Summer 2010 trends puts a spin on military fashion for men and women. While navy and white stripes are a must for the look, the real key to Summer’s take on nautical stripes is that they dominate the outfit. Check out the 1st look in the pictures below of Brazilian Model, Leonardo who is signed to Wilhelmina Models.
This was Leonardo’s first test shoot, needless to say he was a natural and pulled every look and story we pitched at him. I was enthused to be apart of this process, because Leonardo decided to take a leap of faith and follow his dream. He quit his well paying job, moved to Miami to pursue modeling full time. Leonardo has already booked some amazing jobs. I look forward to seeing how far his career goes.
***Photographer Elton Anderson,
After a few hiccups with a boutique modeling agency in Miami, my team and I decided to take our work to Next Models – Miami to see if we could test some of their models (refer to previous post about test shoots). Next represents some of the top models in the world such as, Malgosia Bela, Anja Rubik, Karlie Kloss and Jamie Strachan. It was a bold move, but not a challenge we weren’t up too.
After meeting with one of the bookers, we were asked to test Lisa M., a 19 year-old model from Colorado. The Miami market is very commercial so I styled her accordingly but added a little edge to the last look. These are some of the images that propelled my team to the top of Next’s list. So much so that we were sometimes testing 3 to 4 times a week.
Now I’m not knocking the photographer, make-up artist, or the hairstylist, but as a fashion stylist you are literally working before, during, and after the shoot. The clothes don’t steam themselves or go back to the store on their own. Let’s just say after 4 months of guerrilla testing, a brother needed a break, lol.
I’ve been searching for the perfect first Red Velvet post and by George I think I’ve found it…SCORE!
Scouring the web about a week ago, I landed on my good friend, Jennifer’s Blog, JG Runs the Kitchen and low and behold she had a recipe for Red Velvet Waffles. I literally died and went to food heaven, because if you’ve ever eaten her cooking you know she’s a BEAST in the kitchen. Too late fellas, she’s already boo-ed up with “The Beau”, but I digressed. I suddenly felt inspired; I’ve never made waffles from scratch. I’m a Bisquick man myself, but I decided to give the recipe a try with my own twist. The end result was Double-Dipped Fried Chicken & Red Velvet Waffles with a Pecan Honey Cream Cheese Butter.
This started off as a meal for 3 people at the Creative Hostel where I reside whenever I’m working in Miami. By the end of the night 7 people had consumed every bite of my food. My friends and I were up to 3AM discussing our dreams, obstacles, the journey and defining our dash. Will Smith’s video about Mindset Wisdom provided the perfect background for our conversation. Its a must see…and I’ll leave it at that.
I sit in awe when I look at the talent that surrounds me. We all encourage each other, but most of all hold each other accountable to our dreams. Stepping out on faith is difficult but you have to start somewhere. Have you taken your first step…
***Special Thanks to Tia Smith for helping me style my food and pics. Look for her food blog very soon.