Ever since I was a kid I would flip through my mum’s interiors magazines and wonder ‘what’s really behind that door’ or would watch the 800th episode of friends and think ‘what’s down those stairs’ it’s only as I became older that I realised that those stairs aren’t actually real. It’s all part of this imaginary world that exists in almost every advert we see. I wanted in. I wanted to be the person that knew what was behind the door and down the stairs (I can tell you now it’s almost always bits of cardboard or unused prop boxes).
But how do you get into this illusive business?
Basically by begging.
I started by emailing every stylist whose work I loved. But before you send out your 100th copy of the same generic email…there are some rules.
Make It Personal
I always made sure each email was personal. I think it’s pretty obvious when you copy and paste a generic
‘I love your work’ email. If you have any work then attach it to the email.
But Keep It Short
Stylists receive hundreds of emails a day. They don’t want to read your life story so keep it short and sweet.
Most stylists have a list of go to assistants that they have worked with before but on the occasion that they are not free they will sift through their contacts for someone else. Be that someone else by making sure your email stands out.
Let’s be honest - stylists are busy people and as harsh as it may seem they don’t care if you have always been a ‘creative person’ or that you ‘once redecorated your friend’s house’. What a stylist wants to know is that you are willing to make a good cup of coffee, work hard, are not afraid of a long day and are flexible and available to work. So make those points in a clear and concise manner and you will be assisting on your first shoot before you know it.
Just Get Started
There is no time like the present. You want to be an Interior Stylist? So why haven't you started? Start by setting up little cameos at home or friends houses and shooting them. Borrow a camera if you need to. All practice is good and its a great way to start getting a feel for your style.
Once you land your first job you should read my post - WHAT NO ONE EVER TOLD ME: The Un-Written Rules of Assisting on a Photoshoot.