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Courtney Watkins wardrobe stylist

6 BUSINESS TIPS FOR NEW FREELANCE WARDROBE STYLISTS

New freelancers always ask me for business tips and billing information.  It’s complicated to answer for three main reasons. First of all, sole proprietorship DBA, LLC, B-corp, C-corp, and S-corp are confusing AF because each business structure has different taxation and benefits.  Second, every production company has different policies and preferences. Third, billing processes change with every new tax code, form, and App released.  There are simply too many variables.

Currently, there are plenty of business classes and advice articles for freelancers available on-line. However, there’s limited information for freelance wardrobe stylists working as independent contractors.  Stylists are probably too busy, too protective, or simply too frustrated by paperwork to share business tips.  In efforts to fill this information void, I’m happily sharing some of the good, the bad, and the ugly lessons I’ve learned.

Pulling from 16 years of commercial and advertising production experience, I compiled my top 6 business tips for freelance wardrobe stylist trying to navigate their way to a paycheck and tax compliance.
I’m not a tax professional and don’t offer legal, accounting, or tax advice.  

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I ♥ MY MOTLEY CREWMATES !

THIS is what happens when you give creative professionals a spacesuit and a tee-tiny window of free time in between sets.   Seriously, my crewmates never cease to amaze me!
(sorry for the vertical format video :^)

Photographer: John Fulton
Digital: Jeff Wolk
Producer:  Andrew Grein

SPACESUIT BEHIND THE SCENES

SO MUCH FUN!

I worked with this amazing spacesuit for a John Fulton print production this week.   The production was great fun and the spacesuit looked fantastic on camera!   The EMU spacesuit was a rental from WonderWorks in LA.   For more information about WonderWorks production services, I have written about them in a previous post, WonderWorks 4/26/2012. 

Here are a few spacesuit BTS pictures from the production.  More to come ~ enjoy!

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Fitting the spacesuit on myself the day before we shoot.

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  • football helmets
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  • football gridiron
  • fan gear
  • Bellamy Young
  • farm
  • fire

BUSY SUMMER

It’s been a busy, busy  summer.  I worked on a lot of interesting projects with amazing photographers + directors, the best crews, wonderful talent, and gracious clients.  I am a lucky girl indeed!

Variety is what makes my job so much fun.  I am thrilled that this summer has been an unusual pastiche of projects. I’ve seen fires, farms, football, fan gear, and fabulous ladies.  It’s been an F-ing great summer for a wardrobe stylist + prop stylist!

Enough work chatter.  Today I am going to the beach for a little fun!

~Courtney

RECENT WORK: PROP + WARDROBE STYLIST FOR DAVID STUART PHOTOGRAPHY + BBDO

DAVID STUART FOR BAYER BBDO

© DAVID STUART PHOTOGRAPHY

 

PHOTOGRAPHER:  DAVID STUART PHOTOGRAPHY
CLIENT: BAYER HARMONIX
AGENCY: BBDO
PRODUCER: STEPHEN OSTRANDER
PROP + WARDROBE STYLIST: COURTNEY WATKINS
CANINE TALENT: CHARLIE

Bayer Harmonix tearsheet coming soon!   

 

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Uwe Duettmann for BMW

New BMW campaign shot by Uwe Duettmann.  BEAUTIFUL!

 

 

Production Rant: Bad Beans Spoil Crew Brew

Crew members with high maintenance coffee orders are killing me!

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Oh Snap!

oh snap!

Photography by Todd McLellan Disassembly Series
From Hovercraftdoggy’s post We have a new camera

An Hermes Leica? SHUT UP!!!

 

Leica presents us with the new limited edition Leica M9-P, the special feature of this camera is the“Veau Swift” calfskin leather brought to you by Hermes. READ MORE

Exposure Doesn’t Pay Bills

Do I envy photographers?  Not a chance!

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PDN features Recent Work

Recent work on an awareness campaign for Atlanta Resource Foundation featuring twelve charities dedicated to serving Atlanta communities.

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Screen Printing | Danger Press

I use Danger Press for all of my screen printing.  They handle time sensitive printing, custom design, short runs, and they understand my peculiar printing requests for different productions.

I may need 17 different designs printed on 17 different custom-made aprons in an extremely short amount of time.  UhhHrumm (clearing my throat), listen up!  I expect and am happy to pay rush fees because I know my rush projects are very disruptive to Danger’s press schedule.

Danger does not have everything. They are definitely lacking in the schmutz department.  Danger’s shop is spotless and so is the final product.  As a stylist, this is priceless.

Pictured: Front pocket + full back screen printed white lab coats and coveralls.

Recent Work | Horizon Milk

Saverio Truglia Blog about Horizon Milk.
I was the wardrobe stylist and prop stylist  on this campaign for Horizon Milk.

Helmut Newton: Polaroids

Would you like to see a collection of Helmut Newton’s Polaroids with handwritten shot details?  Uh, YES PLEASE.  Newton’s widow has compiled over 300 of his ‘roids for Helmut Newton: Polaroids.  

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Helmut Newton – POLAROIDS The Exhibit

Helmut Newton’s wife was known to use his Polaroids as place cards at dinner parties. Newton’s Polaroids will be on exhibit at the Berlin Museum Of Photography through November coinciding with the Helmut Newton; Polaroids  book release.  Exhibit details at Helmut Newton – POLAROIDS.

Raymond Meeks

One of my favorite photographers:     Raymond Meeks.

Viva Aruba!

this is a post from holly thompson’s blog about the Aruba Tourism campaign shot by scott lowden.  i did wardrobe and props on this one.  tough day at the office!

Viva Aruba!

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