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Careers: Working at V Festival


How did you make styling your full time career?

I graduated from Central St. Martins in Theatre Design and then got my first job as a runner at a TV production company.  I made the tea, met loads of people in the industry and made my way from there.

Why did you decide to go into styling?

I decided that I wanted to work as a stylist because it meant I could be my own boss, be creative and work on lots of different projects. No two jobs are ever the same. I’m now lucky enough to style big corporate events like the UK launch party of ‘The Game of Thrones’ to being the Production buyer for TV dramas like ‘Spooks’.

Is your job glamorous?

You work long hours, you’re usually first on set or site and most of the time, last to leave. You have to be prepared to hammer nails in and paint where needed as well as arrange flowers and light candles. Its overalls rather than a glam dress, but its great fun and I thoroughly enjoy it.

Do you get to hang out with celebs?

There are always heaps of celebrities in the Virgin Media Louder Lounge and this year is no exception – I hear some big names like Grimmy, One Direction and Michael Fassbender may be coming this year! It’s always super busy on site but I always try and make time for number swapping!

What have you worked on?

I have worked on everything from TV commercials, pop videos, TV dramas, low budget films, celebrity parties, and corporate events. I have also worked on interior design projects and window dressing at Harvey Nichols and other large fashion stores.

What are you working on in the near future?

I’m designing and styling the Virgin Media 'Louder Lounge' at V Festival this year, which is an exclusive VIP area accessible only by invitation. It’s really is everything you could ever want at a festival rolled into one incredible hospitality experience.

Top tip about breaking into the industry?

Work hard and be determined. It’s good to be keen and enthusiastic, always muck in and use your creative skills, then you’ll be the sort of person that everyone wants on their team.

Is it who you know?

I don’t think it’s who you know but who you meet and who you get on with along the way that counts.

Did an event give you a big break?

Whilst I was working with Quintessentially events in London I styled a celebrity party that was really high profile. I had a great budget and it went really well. This gave me some fantastic photos for my portfolio and the confidence to go further.


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