Today we’d like to introduce you to Christian Name.
Hi Christian, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I’m from Mexico City born and raised. All my life, I worked in the fashion and beauty industry, I have a bachelor’s in textile design and from there I had a clothing brand that I designed and produced all with my business partner. I worked as a stylist, for personal clients and for editorials I’m a make-up artist as well, and also, I worked on coolhunting companies. After some time, I moved to LA to keep expanding my knowledge in fashion but I always wanted to go to acting school, so after a few months I made the choice of jumping in and changing my career path, I started acting school in Stella Adler and I did the full two years program, during the program I started mediating a lot and continued a spiritual path, That’s when I decided I wanted to focus on this deeply so Right after graduating from acting school I started studying transpersonal psychology and mindfulness, and with all my experience in fashion, I created a method to teach and help women achieve a mindful image. I call It Mindful Styling it uses tools from mindfulness, acting and styling to begin practicing presence and awareness of ourselves. Today I’m pursuing an acting career, but at the same time I offer classes about mindful styling. I recently had a role in tv show called the garcias on HBO max. I also offer personal styling sessions and therapy sessions, my goal is to keep inspiring and learning so I can teach and expand awareness through art and mindfulness.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I can say it’s been both, it’s been smooth in the sense that once I have known what I wanted, I just go for it fully, but trying to find the right path has been a ride. Acting is a very competitive field, as much as all other careers, and we live in a time where people want to be entrepreneurs or freelancers so to be honest today the creative world is quite demanding in the sense that we need to always be better.
I started acting when I was young but then my parents, whom are conservative, didn’t let me go to acting school and do it fully, so I ended up having a career in fashion which I did love but I always had a dream of being in stage again and really doing it. So, when I turned 28, I told my father I’m doing this and he said I was crazy and to please never tell anyone, and he made me promise I would only try for two months and If I didn’t continue, I would return to live in Mexico. But I did love it so I ended up taking almost three years of full-time classes.
For my fashion company, it’s been hard as well, it’s a new topic and no one really knows about it because I’m the only one doing it since I invented Mindful Styling so the hardest part has been finding the clients and people interested in a mindful style lifestyle. Also, since it’s a way of becoming “spiritual” or having a “spiritual” life through your image, a lot of people can’t really put them both together because usually image has a stigma of vanity or shallow.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
At the moment, I work as a fashion stylist, makeup artist, therapist and actress. I love everything I do; I audition constantly but as a side job, I have my own business in fashion where I teach and consult people about their image with a mindful approach. A lot of my clients have deeper issues and that’s why I study psychology, so I can deepen my understanding of humans and emotions.
Mostly I’m known for being a Mindful Stylist and also a therapist. I teach fashion topics but also I have classes about human development, but I wish to keep pursuing acting and one day have both careers established.
At the moment, I’m in the process of finding a team to produce a Musical written by me.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
To be honest, I see my teachers as my mentors, they have inspired me to continue learning and to always better myself. For me, what has worked best is to always be me. I have worked deeply on understanding my shadows and learnt to accept myself so this way, I trust that things are meant or happen for specific reasons in our evolution.
For networking at first I was very insecure but after working on myself, I have come to trust and accept myself as I am and just being me has helped me connect with other authentic people.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.christiannamea.com
- Instagram: @chrisname_styling