Chelsea Martin Stylist
What inspired you to start your business?
As a longtime model, I often knew what the stylist would chose before they did. I moved into styling as a way to bring my history and knowledge of the photo industry and combine that with a decisive perspective on wardrobe/fashion's look and feel for a range of photo, video, and creative projects.
What sets your business apart from others? In other words, what challenges/gaps are you addressing?
I regularly lean on my many years studying art, literature, and film in academia to push me to consider in what ways we can complicate, or make new, a look, an image or a visual idea. I am as much or more interested in something looking perfectly undone as in its looking perfect. It is that sensibility that drives me - finding a way to make commercial work engaging and even slightly challenging - that balance - that I seek to address in my work.
Are you launching anything new or exciting?
I am developing a series that will live on my website called "Conversations are Culture" in which I have discussions with creatives sometimes individually, and sometimes as a roundtable, about issues and themes with which they are engaged, topics such as: branded bohemianism and sustainable fashion, on sex appeal and modern mothers, noise music and political protest.
What's the best piece of business advice you've ever been given?
Don't run a business; live a life