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source: Anthony Burrill
I've said it before, and I'll say it again that I'm so grateful for the teams I've been on and the talented people I've had the opportunity to work with on shoots... from the photographers and art directors who lap me in years of experience to the different makeup artists, designers, stylists who are so meticulous and attentive to their craft. I've also equally learned as much from people who are currently assistants but are on such a spectacular path that I can't wait to see all of the amazing things that will unfold in their future.
When people ask me what is the most important tip as a stylist, I think people are surprised when I say just work hard and be nice to people. Be genuinely kind to the team around you. Treat the head photographer and the interns with the same level of respect. Continue to seek out ways to improve your trade and never be too proud to schlep with the best of 'em. Get your hands dirty and don't be afraid to ask your crewmates how you can improve.
The world is a very small town and being ruthlessly competitive is not an attractive quality. In Atlanta I've been blown away by the kindness of the respected stylists and tastemakers I've met- Darcie Adler, Thea Beasley, Alisa Barry, and Jill Brinson who have paved the way for new and up-and-coming stylists. They go above and beyond to make us newbies feel welcome. Women supporting women in this business is a very beautiful, empowering thing.
Kind is the new cool.
Or as my friend Jess Graves says, "Kind is the original cool."