Want to break big in the beauty industry? Want to stand out with the customers niche of your dreams? “Journey of a thousand miles start with a single step.” Just like you, there are many hairstylists trying to break big in the beauty industry. In order to get yourself noticed in the beauty world, you need to start approaching like-minded people out there. Focus on your clients, hair styling experts, photographers and makeup artists.So, which are the first steps to become an editorial stylist?
First, start by creating a portfolio. A professionally organized portfolio is your best cover letter. One way of doing it is peeping into what your potential customer like. This will give you a better idea of clients’ aesthetics and what they are looking for. Your portfolio must be strong representation of your skills in order to get noticed quickly.
All hair styling experts face this issue of not getting the photos for catalog in initial phases. So how to get the portfolio ready in first place? The answer is simple! The best way to get test shoots is to pair up with other makeup artists, photographers, and models, who are starting out, just like you are.
Test shoots usually involve no money and are strictly for everyone’s books so you can easily join hands with people already looking for test shoots. They can be models, artists, photographers or beauty professionals.
Once your portfolio has at least 8-10 different photos in it, you will be ready to go to the agencies.
Having a great portfolio doesn’t guarantee an agent right away to start up with. Get on an agency’s assistant list and it will pave your way to getting noticed in the mainstream. It is a boring job and while assisting you will be paid initially to watch and help. Although it’s not your job so don’t expect to do a ton of hair while on set. Getting extra spray or holding bobby pins would likely be your initial tasks but don’t lose hope, this is the surefire way to get representation in the future and becoming a great hair styling expert.
Networking can be a scary thing at times but breaking the ice helps in making impact and getting noticed. If you are prompting your hair styling business, hair makeup and wardrobe needs to speak your art. Smile, have a positive attitude and focus on your end goal which is building a successful business.
Always advise based on honesty. This way If you look after your customers they would look after your business in terms of better reviews. Always recommend products which you know are really helpful in maintaining healthy hair.