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Taylor Mill Kentucky/Denver, co
The Guts and Glory
Q: Tell us about yourself: Why do you want to work as a stylist? Why are you interested in this career?
A: Hey there! I’m Ash Taylor, a 27 year old stylist/creative from the Midwest. I have a multitude of hobbies that I love and enjoy that also apply to what I do as a Stylist/Creative. I love sewing and vintage garment care, makeup, hair styling, furniture restoration needle point, fashion styling, photography, and the list just goes on from there. I love fashion and design, I grew up sewing my clothing on my grandmothers lap. Since about 5th grade I’ve wanted to be a fashion designer. While I love designing clothes, that’s not a career I can step away from and keep some semblance of a regular life. So I turned to fashion styling, the way certain cuts fit certain shapes, the textures of fabric, color stories, it keeps me intrigued. This is a career that holds my attention and makes me feel accomplished at the end of a long day. The type of accomplished when you can be exhausted but can’t do anything but smile because you feel you put your soul into a project. Don’t get me wrong though, Ive had a lot of people my whole life tell me what I’m not and what I can’t do….Once as a teen, I had a close friend say a lot of really mean things to the whole world online including saying that she thought I had absolutely no style…Yes, what she did was terrible. But it only motivated me more (especially since the girl had half of my wardrobe that she had borrowed in her closet still.) Working as a stylist is such an exciting challenge, I love having the ability to drive a point home in a fashion story just by what a model is wearing, and it’s NEVER boring. Also, Being a “jill of all trades” my whole life i never felt like i had one thing that i was quite exceptional at. When I found out that my over-all knowledge in a numerous amount of different hobbies only added to what I can help with on set. It’s so fluid and ever-changing I have trouble not liking it.
Q: Are there any projects/awards you were proud to be part of? If not yet are there any projects/Awards you hope to be part of/Achieve?
A: I always feel honored to get my work published. My favorite up to this point was a web feature in Nakid Magazine with Ming Luftig and Ginny Erikson. All and all, I feel very fortunate for the people who give me opportunities.
Q: What are your goals as a stylist? How do you see yourself progress in this field?
A: My goals are not specific, I only hope to one day pay my bills and live life doing styling. I hope to continue to grow and learn more, and to pour every ounce of my heart into all my projects always. Progression wise, I hope to see myself one day making styling decisions with split second ease and being totally organized, but as most creatives know it’s not that easy. It’s hard for me personally to set expectations for my progress, but I can absolutely remember the past and see all the progress I’ve made up to now.
Q: What’s your most embarrassing/funny/worst moment while at styling/on set?
A: Funniest moment was busting my rear end on a slippery concrete floor during a shoot, it hurt but I couldn’t help but bust out laughing. I do that often, I don’t think there’s ever been a shoot that I haven’t humpty dumptied and fallen over. though.