Greetings! In my last faith post, I mentioned using my time of unemployment to grow my styling business. In order to grow, I had to network and learn from other stylists in the area. So, I took a leap of faith and contacted two well-respected stylists in Houston, Jazzlin Raquel, and Ashley Dunn. Now, keep in mind my nature is to stay in my shell. So reaching out to people I don’t know is a bit different for me, but you know what they say, “you can’t grow in your comfort zone.”
Honestly, I thought I would need a connection to gain an internship with these ladies but I was wrong. With Jazzlin, I inquired on one of her Instagram posts requesting an assistant stylist for a photo shoot. Believe it or not, I sent her a DM and linked my work for quick reference. She contacted me right away and within 72 hours I was working behind the scenes at my very first shoot. It was there my love for editorial work began. Photoshoots are so amazing because they allow you the chance to create and think outside of the box.
This particular opportunity opened a door into the world of fashion that I longed to see. From there, I assisted Jazzlin with countless shoots and connected with models, photographers, designers, hair stylists, and makeup artists. Reaching out to Jazzlin resulted in my very own publication in a magazine (stay tuned for more details).
My time assisting Ashley Dunn was a bit different and ranged from TV segments, personal shopping, photo shoots, and giving back to the community. I met Ashley volunteering at an annual fashion show in Houston. She came to the event in need of accessories and I was her go-to girl! While showing off my sister’s jewelry line, Davis Dynasty Designs I put my plug-in for interning. She asked me my availability and how often I could assist. She really needed someone who had a bit more flexibility but still shared her contact information.
When I lost my job last November, I reached out to Ashley and let her know my schedule changed and checked to see if she was still looking for an intern. I didn’t get an immediate response but a week later I got a text asking if I was free to help with a TV segment on Houston’s Life. It was an amazing experience and I am so glad I got a chance to connect and network with on-air correspondents, celebrities, and dozens of models. There’s fortune in the follow-up!
Ashley taught me a lot about the fashion industry but more on faith. She would often credit God for her success and was open to sharing her story. It’s not a coincidence that faith and fashion are two of my core values. When styling, I try to remember to let God’s light shine not just for me but for others. You never know who you might meet behind the scenes standing in the need of a positive word, encouragement, or just motivation to keep pushing! Our gifts are not just for generating income but also a way to connect folks to Christ and give God glory. At the end of the day that is what I believe we were created to do.