Stylists employed at television stations are responsible for wardrobe selection, accessorizing and making the most of the fashion worn by TV personalities. To break into the world of fashion styling, an individual must possess a combination of education, experience and a strong sense of style and trends. Working in television is competitive, so the candidate must also have solid networking skills coupled with confidence and the right attitude to land the job.
A strong educational background in fashion is helpful when applying for stylist jobs in television. A degree in fashion design, retail merchandising, film, costume design or another creative field can set you apart from others who don't have an educational background in fashion.
Experience plays a significant role in landing a stylist job at a television station. To gain the necessary experience, apply for internships at fashion houses to begin building a credible portfolio. Brands and media are other outlets to gain background for on-set experience. Alternatively, working in a department store or boutique can also give you an opportunity to learn brands, style, sizes and fit.
Breaking into the world of TV styling requires a keen sense of fashion, trends and style. Confidence also plays a significant role in choosing the wardrobe and accessories for television personalities. You’ll need to be familiar with body types, clothing patterns and current trends and appropriateness of attire when styling for TV. Research and intuition are important qualities to have as a stylist.
Because the styling industry is competitive, you’ll need a strong network of contacts in the media industry to increase your chances of landing your dream job. Networking can help you make contacts. Don’t be shy about contacting fashion retailers or brands in your area, fashion or art colleges and media or public relations agencies to give them your contact information. Ask about any press days or show opportunities and see if they'll add you to the list of attendees. Keep a stash of business cards on hand and pass them out whenever possible. Ask for business cards in return and follow up with a professional email.
Ruth Altman writes on business, lifestyle and careers. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Pepperdine University in addition to a bachelor's degree from Harvard University.