Who? What? WOR?! Meet the newest Savvy Spice contributor and celebrity fashion stylist and founder of #TheArtofWOR, Cee Sando. Her extensive professional experience includes personal shopping for Ashely Greene, styling actors for the Cannes Film Festival, merchandising for Nasty Gal, plus dressing celebs for the Academy Awards.
I met Cee a few weeks ago after realizing that as much as I want to be in LA, Switzerland and SF at the same time, it’s just not possible. Cee is not only a fashion expert and celebrity stylist, she will be covering LA events for us from time to time and has some amazing advice if you’ve ever wanted to work in the fashion scene as a personal stylist or styling wardrobes for movie sets.
Here’s my interview with Cee…
Q. What’s your day to day as a stylist?
Cee ~ Every day is different and super unpredictable. It depends on the gig or project. Of course IF I have a gig. At any given time I might be on set, in studio, working on a commission (I make jewelry and custom clothing pieces), personal shopping for a client, consulting with a client, or doing research, fashion forecasting, attending a fashion show, and pulling items from a showroom or looking for a new gig. The one thing that is common every day is looking for gigs! Even when I have one, I’m always looking for exciting new projects.
Q. How did you become a wardrobe stylist in LA?
Cee ~ I generally like to say that the way I became a stylist was “magic” or “kismet” at the time that I realized how much I loved style, fashion, antifashion and generally the notion of creating wearable art I did not even realize that being stylist was an actual career. I can’t completely explain the way I fell into styling. It really was a series of events that led to an aha moment where I finally recognized that styling is a REAL job while concurrently realizing that I had already been doing it for some time!
2. You have worked on movie and tv sets, styled celebrities for red-carpets and fashion shows. What has been your favorite experience so far?
Cee ~ ‘That’s a tough one- I’m gemini so I love that my work is constantly changing. I really enjoy celebrity dressing- especially for red carpets but I have to say that personal styling is super close to my heart. Being able to see the face of my client when I show her how knock-out gorgeous she is.’
‘Simply through changing their look is absolutely priceless. It’s not about running out an purchasing an entirely new wardrobe either; I love showing my clients how to ‘shop their own closets’ and put pieces together in ways they never imagined. For me, the most important piece about looking good is feeling good.’ Her list of personal shopping includes
• Joel McHale (Actor; Community)
• Ashley Greene (Actor; Twilight Series of Films)
• Gina Prince-Bythewood (Director, Secret Life of Bees, Love & Basketball)
• Masia One (MC, recording artist)
• Maya (Recording artist)
• Nicole Piña (Actor)
Q. If you choose a look and the celebrity doesn’t like it, what happens?
Cee ~ Choosing a look that the client does not like is NOT an option! The beauty of pulling for A-listers is having access to the very best pieces. When in doubt, pull more!
Q. What is one unglamorous fact about being an LA stylist?
Cee ~ Everything! Lol. The general public only seems to see the super glamorous side of this life, but trust me that is about 10% of the picture.
Q. If you need a caffeine boost, is it Red Bull or coffee?
Cee ~ Neither. I don’t do caffeine.
Q. Hmm, okay…what’s your favorite candy?
Cee ~ Oh this is a tough one! Just like you, Dale, I have a serious sweet tooth. I have recently become a huge fan of crystallized ginger. It’s sweet but also has that serious ginger kick that almost makes you tear up. Yup, love that!
Q. Do you have any tips for anyone wanting to get into the fashion styling or personal shopping business?
Cee ~ I have 3 core tips.
1. Start yesterday! I came into the game later in life. I know my life experience is what brought me here and made me so passionate about what I do, but starting early will definitely give you a leg up.
2. The industry is incredibly competitive! Make sure that you are certain this is what you want. If you choose this line of work just for the money, the clothes or being able to rub shoulders with celebs; you are going to be over it before the close of day two.
3. Just do it! You are never going to truly know if this is right for you unless you try it. Find a mentor and call/email them questions you might have. Find an internship with a successful stylist. Volunteer at a fashion publication you love. Take clothes from your closet and set up a photoshoot with your friends. Do anything you can to get as much experience as possible.
If you have any questions for Cee, check out her ultra stylish site based in LA #TheArtofWOR.
See you Monday!