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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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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!   

 

ORGANIZING BELTS

organizing wardrobe

STYLIST TIP FOR WRANGLING UNRULY BELTS

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Danger Press Featured in Alternative Apparel

Turning Ink Into Art with Danger Press

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I previously posted about my favorite screen printer, Danger Press.  The guys at Danger have recently been featured in Alternative Apparel’s Blog:

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What’s Your Place in the Film Industry?

Discover your film industry career path using this humorous flow chart.

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Uwe Duettmann for BMW

New BMW campaign shot by Uwe Duettmann.  BEAUTIFUL!

 

 

Falling Models, Tumbling Talent, and Slippery Shoe Solutions

Runway models are not alone in experiencing slides, slips, and falls.  Underestimating the power of a polished floor, we have all found ourselves flat on the floor, humiliated, and looking for the closest piece of furniture to crawl underneath.

I use one or both of these methods to prep slick, new shoes that will be worn by on-camera talent.  These very simple stylist tricks can prevent both talent tumble as well as personal embarrassment:

  • Sandpaper: Lightly scuff the bottoms of new shoes with sandpaper. Be careful not to scuff the sides of the shoes or any area that will be visible to camera. I keep both 80 grit and 120 grit sandpaper in my kit.
  • Hairspray: Spritz the bottoms of the shoes with strong hold hairspray and let the spray dry for about a minute until it’s sticky to the touch.  Spray as needed.  I keep Nexxtacy by Nexxus in my kit because it is super sticky and alcohol free.

★ Make sure the hairspray will not damage the flooring surface. If you are uncertain, ask the art department, location manager, or props.

SIMPLY BRILLIANT GRIP HUMOR

So there I was, lurking in the sound stage shadows like a light-sensitive mole. READ MORE

Production Rant: Bad Beans Spoil Crew Brew

Crew members with high maintenance coffee orders are killing me!

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Exposure Doesn’t Pay Bills

Do I envy photographers?  Not a chance!

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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.

LUCKY’S COSTUME

Lucky’s costume was inspired by Cuban-American retirees of Miami

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Really Bad Toupe

This gentleman was a character for a TBS very funny production.  He was a scientist with a horrific hair piece.

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