Clare Maxfield an inspiring woman with over 20 years of experience as a stylist and she is the first to be featured in our Styling Industry Insider Stories Series. Working across the globe Clare has trained image consultants and many corporate companies internationally. She has motivated and driven many individuals to get to where they are now. Clare is going to share her journey as a stylist including some of the biggest challenges she has faced in the industry and tips for those looking to pursue their career as a stylist.
Clare & Imogen in the shops
1. How did you get into the styling industry?
For eight years I had been working part time as a presentation coach for a college in Melbourne. The school pushed me in this direction as they told me I was one of their best coaches. It was never on my radar as a career, but the fact that I had been involved as a part time interest, told me it was a direction that I should explore.
2. When was your first big break within the styling industry?
When I was invited to speak at a local design exhibition on the power of colour. Also when I when I was invited to Kazakhstan to set up an Image Consultant training school. They were both around 2006.
3. Where did you train to become a stylist?
I trained in Melbourne with The Australian Image Company.
4. What was a major challenge for you within your career?
Working for myself. I love being around people and have always worked in or as part of a team. Being on my own, in my office, can be lonely.
5. What has been the most rewarding part of your career?
The freedom to try anything. I have now written six books, I have developed my own training program. Also have been invited to train in Kazakhstan and Kiev. During my career I’ve also received awards which is just wonderful.
6. Do you have any advice for budding stylists?
Success does not come to you.You have to go out, talk to people, be proactive and believe in yourself. Expect to fall over, remember to get up and most of all, be flexible. The greatest success may come from a place you never expected.
7. As an author of books in the field of business and appearance, how important do you think it is to look your best as a business woman?
For both business woman, or man, it is very important. You have to be seen to care about yourself and the image you portray. You are your greatest asset. So like anything it must be the best it can be at all times.
8. What is the best piece of advice you’ve received within your career?
Write a book. I started off by writing heaps of content every week which went out in my newsletter and became the basis for Getting Gorgeous. It is still my best seller and my best business card.
9. How do you think the industry of styling has evolved in the last 5 years?
With the advent of bloggers there is an exceptional amount of information available freely and readily on the web. Sadly it has allowed people with little to no training to sound like an expert. However it has also allowed those who have great insight and skill to share what they see.
10. What is next for you as a stylist, personal coach and communications expert?
Interestingly I am moving from corporate to a more esoteric approach to colour and styling. I will continue training as I do love, but I see myself working more with colour in the coming months.
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