I fell into my “side job” as stylist/costumer in a very natural way. I was working with many musicians and a friend of a friend was looking for someone to style a music video for her brand new production company. I was referred because my friend thought, styling and designing for a musician must be pretty similar, I’m sure Julie can do it. And though I never had before, I made it work. after I did that first video, I was cemented in that production company’s family and brought on board for every video they did afterwards. one of which featured a director that then hired me for 3 comedy central gigs.
Styling is a fun way to use clothing from many other brands and put your vision to work in a different way. In many instances, when appropriate, I will use my own designs in the project, but other times I’m happy to pull from all of the other designers that I admire. It's also a great way to be creative in a completely different way. i've worked on a post apocalyptic show three separate times, and though it was nothing to do with my day-to-day designs, it was a really fun way to work with fashion in a totally different way.
Styling has opened up my network in a huge way. Working with a team is a great way to get your name out there. Be nice and people will remember you for it (and hire you later!) work always brings more work, so if the day or hourly rate isn’t ideal, take it, because you would be surprised as to what job comes from it (I always am!).
i have also fallen into a business of private label work sort of on accident. i made some aprons for a Vogue magazine shoot and the woman in charge of that shoot sent my name over to Calvin Klein when they were looking for someone to make some aprons for a collaboration with Gwenyth Paltrow's company, Goop. you never ever know where your name is going to end up. the industry is so much smaller than you realize!