There are several questions that I tend to encounter whenever I go out in search of event styling gigs. One of those is the question as to what credentials I have. In posing this question, my prospective clients are simply interested in understanding what makes me think that I am qualified to undertake event styling work for them. There are clients who pose this question directly. There are others who opt to beat about the bush, but with the ultimate objective of knowing what my credentials are.
In today’s blog post, I will be trying to shed some light on that question: that is, the question as to what my credentials (for work as an events stylist) are. In summary, I can say that there are three things that qualify me to work as an events stylist. Those are: my passion for event styling work, my training in event styling and my experience.
I am of the opinion that even before taking a look at my training and experience, my passion for this sort of work puts me in a good position to do it effectively. And my passion for event styling is real: given the fact that I started working as an event stylist when I was still a teenager. The fact that I have at times offered to do event styling work for free demonstrates that I have real passion for the work. It shows that I love event styling work just for its own sake. Money is just a (welcome) bonus. Event styling is something I draw great satisfaction from. This also means that when I am engaged professionally for paid event styling gigs, I tend to deliver very high quality work, in line with my passion.
With regard to my training, I may point out that I have the benefit of both formal and informal training in event styling work. The informal training has been in the form of apprenticeship – where I have worked as an apprentice to several well-experienced event stylists, before launching my own venture. And the formal training has been in the form of a certification course, which I undertook a couple of years ago.
Turning to the question of experience, it is worth noting (as I stated earlier) that I have been taking event styling gigs right from the time I was a teenager. This means that I have been undertaking events styling work for more than 12 years now. On a professional level, I would say that I have worked as an event stylist for a total of 5 solid years. Those are made up of 3 years working for various experienced event stylists (essentially as an apprentice), and 2 years running my own events styling business.
So, right there are my credentials – which I believe speak for themselves.