Today we’d like to introduce you to Audrey Stanton.
Audrey, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
The original plan was to be a fashion stylist. However, after only one semester at the Fashion Institute of Technology, I no longer felt connected to that path. For a myriad of reasons, I left FIT and immediately transferred to the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) to pursue a degree in costume design. I had zero technical skills, though I’ve always been fascinated by the “why” behind clothing. History, anthropology, sociology, and psychology are all vital aspects of successful costume design.
I’m grateful to have been creatively fulfilled at CalArts, although I eventually moved away from my chosen major, opting instead for independent study focused on styling, as well as studying abroad at the London College of Fashion. With the freedom to explore, I eventually discovered sustainable fashion. Like many within the niche community, I learned of the industry’s atrocities through the film “The True Cost.” I went from shopaholic to conscious fashion advocate within a year.
After graduating college, I dove into the Los Angeles sustainable fashion scene, volunteering, interning, and connecting with many inspiring people. I never planned on being a writer, though began working on blog posts and articles for various publications. I’ve gradually grown my freelance work, little by little, since then. I’m still young, I’m still learning, I’m still growing, and overjoyed that I get to pursue this for a living.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Most of my struggles have come from feeling a bit out of place in most environments. I love the freedom of working freelance, because I’m able to tap into a different side of myself with each client. However, I’m truthfully still working on making freelance writing into a sustainable career path. I’m privileged to have parents who have been willing and able to encourage me to switch gears multiple times. Without them, I wouldn’t be writing.
Audrey Stanton – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I predominantly write about sustainable fashion, mental health, fashion history, and conscious living for companies like The Good Trade, MATTER Prints, and Remake. In addition, I help small businesses with social media and marketing copy– it differs from client to client! Coming from a costume design background, I have unique experience doing research and putting various fashion topics into context. I love writing about fashion but I must say that I am most proud of the pieces I’ve had the opportunity to write regarding mental health. I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety all my life, so sharing my experience with others is important to me. I write for my seven-year-old self, who would have killed to know that others out there had not only gone through what I was struggling with, but thrived because of it. My emotional intelligence is my superpower.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
As I’m still in the early stages of my career I think my proudest moment is the first piece I wrote for The Good Trade. I started out writing for free for the publication after meeting managing editor Emily Torres at an event. Not long after, I became a regular contributor and they continue to be one of my favorite clients. I’m proud of how I’ve carved out a space for myself within this industry and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds!
The photo of me was taken by Jacob Skaggs, all other photos I took myself.