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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

BTS VIDEO FOR UNCLEAN WORLD

Here is a funny  BTS (behind the scenes) video on set with photographer Jason Maris for TG Madison’s  ‘Unclean World’ campaign. This video features “The Hacker,” one of four unclean characters.  Food service cutlery will forever give me germaphobic nightmares thanks to The Hacker, The Picker, Barffalo Bill, and Private Scratcher.  

I loved doing wardrobe on this project!  The Hacker was definitely my favorite to dress and I adore watching him in this silly BTS video!

Link to the entire print campaign.   Link to The Hacker motion.  Link to The Picker motion. 

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BELLAMY YOUNG

Miller Mobley

RECENT WORK FEATURING BELLAMY YOUNG

 
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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

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NECKLACE LENGTH CHART

HELPFUL VISUAL REFERENCE

I love a good chart, info-graphic, or illustrated assembly manual.  This women’s necklace length chart is a helpful tool for online or sight unseen shopping. It’s also great visual reference for communicating accessory looks to your clients and/or assistants.  This simple chart is a worthy addition to your wardrobe reference file. READ MORE

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DECO DETAILS

SPARKLES AND FEATHERS AND FUR – OH MY!

 

I recently worked on a project requiring a significant amount of wardrobe homework worthy of sharing. The project was an editorial portrait on location. My wardrobe pitch to the publication was simple: formal looks with Art Deco influences. READ MORE

ABOUT END IT MOVEMENT STUNT CAMPAIGN

This is a great short video about the END IT Movement stunt campaign filmed in Atlanta during the Final Four Weekend.  The two minute video talks about human trafficking, the campaign concept, and campaign results.   It also has some great behind the scenes footage.

I am very proud to say that I was wardrobe key on this project.  Thank you Christonya Kinsey, KeKe Lowe, Rebecca Klco, and Lily Chambers for your help!

END IT MOVEMENT AWARENESS VIDEO

Final video PSA for END IT Movement.  Being a part of this production was an amazing experience.  Costuming the 18 women as sex slaves was tremendously rewarding and horrific at the same time.

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CARING FOR CASHMERE

SALAD SPINNERS AND CASHMERE?cashmere saladspinner

JUST SPIN IT!

You thought cashmere was DRY CLEAN ONLY?  Cashmere is washable!  But cashmere garments are delicate and should NOT  be twisted or wrung dry when soaking wet.  A salad spinner will gently remove access water without twisting or pulling potentially harming the garment.  Lay the cashmere garment flat on a drying rack or sweater drier and allow to air dry completely.

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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

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STYLIST TIP FOR WRANGLING UNRULY BELTS

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Mobile Fashion + Warby Parker

Warby Parker hits the Highway

Attention eyewear lovers!  Warby Parker Eyewear is on tour!  The fashionable, affordable, and socially conscience eyewear is putting the rubber to the road for their ‘Class in Session’ tour.  This is great news for the southeast and especially ATLiens because the closest Warby showroom is in Ohio. READ MORE

What’s Your Place in the Film Industry?

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

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Mobile Fashion Trend

Mobile Fashion Trend

Mobile Fashion Trend

 Apparel and Accessories Going Mobile

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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

Cordarounds: Horizontal Corduroy Pants

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 Scientifically Proven 22% Reduction in C.H.I.

…what is C.H.I.?  CROTCH HEAT INDEXof course!

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WonderWorks: Aerospace Costuming, Scale Models, Props, and Consultants

I have been asked to research space suits for several productions.  For a quality replica, the weekly rental costs are around $1500 for all of the accessories and badges; $1900 after shipping.  I have found several great resources but was very impressed with WonderWorks and the broad range of products and services in aerospace. READ MORE

Spanx for Men: Does My Mirdle Make Me Look Fat?

As a wardrobe stylist, I am always looking for new wardrobe solutions and products.  Recently, I had the perfect opportunity to test Spanx for Men, Manx.

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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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Fifi Lapin Fashion Illustrations

I usually do not respond to cutesy design but, these illustrations of Fifi Lapin, a furry fashionista, are an undeniably clever take on runway fashion.   READ MORE

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.

Fashionary | Memo Pad

memo-womens-top | Fashionary

Memo pad with fashion templates for quick sketching.   Another great idea by Fashionary.

Recent Work | Horizon Milk

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

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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