Saturday, January 3, 2015

H is for... (A to Z of Fashion, Beauty & Entertainment careers)

Continuing the new weekly blog feature, an A to Z of careers in the Fashion, Beauty and Entertainment industries.

H IS FOR... Hair Stylist
As a career as a hair stylist, you can work in a salon, but you can also be a session stylist if you are looking to work with celebrities, models and for magazines. Session stylists are usually qualified hairdressers and must have a strong sound knowledge of cut, colour and styling and usually self-employed or work through an agency like Frank who would look after your bookings and payment too! To become a session stylist working in Fashion Weeks, editorial shoots and celebrity red carpet events, you'll need to have a strong portfolio showing your previous work and what you can do, if you are looking to get this together sites such as Shooting Beauty & The Freelancer Club are great for organising test shoots to get your portfolio together. Once you have this you can pro-actively introduce yourself to agencies, celebrity management and PR's for anything they have in the pipeline. The key to making it as a session hair stylist, is to keep networking and pro-actively searching for opportunities as it's a competitive industry and you have to stand out!

Human Resources
Any company with employees, must deal with an element of human resources. In smaller companies, the Director would generally look after this as a part of their role, however, in large organisations, a whole dedicated team would be in place to look after employees. This would include everything from hiring new staff, enrolling for pensions, running staff benefit schemes and ensuring the organisation is inline with employment regulation and compliance issues. If you are a people person and very interested in employment law and careers then this might be the avenue for you. There is not set route into HR, although you can undertake a Masters degree in the field, a broad degree in English, History or something that show strong verbal reasoning and written ability would be useful for an entry or graduate HR position.

All A to Z entries will be compiled in a little ibooks download in a little while, including further career suggestions, tips & insider information & a contacts list. Watch this space for the download link...

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