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Art & Life with Cassidy Cooper

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cassidy Cooper.

Cassidy, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My path to Styling was long but predicted. My mom was a wardrobe stylist, and my dad a music supervisor for film & TV. At age 11 I began to professionally work as a hired vocalist for songwriters that my dad worked with, evolving into a full-time singer/songwriter for film & TV projects. Fashion was pushed to the side until high school, where I became burnt out from years of being a professional musician already and craved a new creative outlet that didn’t have to do with “work.” I designed a collection of jewelry on a whim and it was a hit at a local art fair, inspiring me to delve deeper into that medium. Eventually I learned that I enjoyed styling the look book photoshoots more than the actual designing of jewelry itself. From that experience I decided to pursue styling full time, and within two years have styled countless photoshoots (including multiple People Magazine editorials) and worked on numerous films and TV shows.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Styling & costuming is much more than just liking clothing and getting to pick it out for people. While it does include a lot of personal creativity, it also relies on knowledge of shape and color theory before even seeing an item worn on a body. It involves a lot of accounting, organization, knowledge of cultural history as well as current trends, innovation, and quick problem solving.
I hope that when people see my work they see something clean and thought out, yet effortless and unique. It’s very easy to over-style or fall into the trap of overdoing trends, and I want to transcend that. Beauty and aesthetics bring a unique kind of joy to the wearer or magazine/show viewer, and sometimes just that little extra joy in your daily life can really keep you above the surface.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
The idea of quitting your day job to pursue your dream is ideal, but I believe the better way is to research your field, find something similar or relating to your medium, and work in that adjacent environment first. Not having money will hinder your growth equally as much as working a job you don’t like. Trust me! I’ve been there!

For a stylist, I would suggest working at a local boutique that allows you to work with a constant inflow of new trends on mannequins, customers, and flat lay images. You could even assist a local seamstress, because that skill is rare and extremely impressive. Even assisting a professional photographer is helpful in order to understand how clothing is captured through a lens versus plain sight.

If you’re “stuck” at a job, realize that if you can’t work hard enough to get to this next step, you’ll never get to your goal. So un-“stuck” yourself and just start making moves!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
To view the collection of my work you can visit my portfolio, which is in the format of a blog to show the timeline of my journey as a stylist. This includes my personal photoshoot works, People Magazine editorials, Television shows, and more. Many behind the scenes images and more immediate images can be found on my Instagram (@cassidy.cooper.styling).

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Image Credit:
Samantha Lillian by Amanda Adam, Summer McKeen by Maddy Crum, Kristina Messinov by Vince Patrick, Cyndal McKay by iiamLegend, Noa Athena by Ryan Hensley, Morgan Cunningham by Sarah Shen, Daniella Beckerman by Luke Gottleib, Private Island by Lisa Flory

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