Does Natural Talent For Personal Styling Translate Into Persuing a Career as an Image Consultant?

STERLING STYLE ACADEMY • May 16, 2009 • 1 Comment

Coco Chanel built her empire through hard work and creating opportunities for herself
According to Malcolm Gladwell’s book “The Outliers,” the keys to success at the highest level are passion, talent, and hard work. “People don’t rise from nothing”, says Gladwell. He further elaborates on the point made by psychologist K. Anders Ericsson in the early 1990’s that even the most “natural” musicians must practice with rigorous dedication. People who are born with innate talent won’t become successful if that talent is not cultivated and put into practice.

This theory holds true across all professions, including image consulting and personal styling. Many people possess the natural talent for fashion and style and dress themselves well, but dressing others and running a successful business doing so is another story. Image consultants are highly paid because they understand how to sort through the hectic maze of fashions, trends, brands and stores with a clear understanding of the client’s needs, where they come from, and their values. Professionals who excel in the image and style industries train constantly and work with a diversified clientele with varied budgets and different lifestyles.

Studies have shown that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert according to neurologist Daniel Levitin. This is even true of people we consider to be prodigies. “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” Practice makes you better and gives you confidence.

If you were to hire an image consultant, rather than look at the number of years they have been in business, ask the consultant how many clients they’ve worked with and what demographic they target. An image consultant with three years of professional experience who works with three clients per week has just as much experience as a five year professional who works with one client per week. This is because both consultants have virtually the same client/consultant practical experience.

Those who succeed often work much harder than their competition. Therefore the likelihood of succeeding in the image consulting industry is as much a function of your mental agility and work ethic as it is your styling ability. If you believe in your ability to succeed and have a can-do attitude, you will be successful. As a freelancer, you are not obligated to work everyday, however if you wish to be a successful personal shopper, you will practice your craft and work on a daily basis either with a client or on your own.

About the Sterling Style Academy

The Sterling Style Academy trains and certifies prospective and aspiring image consultants, personal stylists, and personal shoppers to pursue the career of their dreams.  With training programs held on-location in MiamiNew York, Los Angeles, LondonHong KongDubaiMumbai, ShanghaiSão Paulo, and Mexico City, as well as Online Training,Teleclasses, and Short eCourses, the Sterling Style Academy prepares you to become a top notch pioneer in the image consulting, personal shopping, and personal styling industry.  Master the art of image, fashion and style to become a fashion styling expert.  Contact the Sterling Style Academy today to learn how we can help you start a career you are passionate about – shopping and styling!  Like us or become our BFF on Facebook.

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The Sterling Style Academy is a leader in the field of image consultant training and offers a variety of certification programs as an Image Consultant, Personal Stylist, Personal Shopper, and Fashion & Style Consultant.

Ashley Taylor, Training Coordinator
Sterling Style Academy

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