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Meet DTLA stylist, blogger & YouTube personality: Queenie Ito

Today we’d like to introduce you to Queenie Ito.

Queenie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I moved to LA in 2010, lived with a group of [then] aspiring filmmakers. Having quit my job to pursue something that made me happy, I fell into a needed role of stylist to the group during their spec commercials, short films, and music videos. I immediately fell in love with it! It was something I felt I had a knack for and could progress into a career; so to kick start that, I enrolled in a school solely geared towards stylists: The School of Style. After having completed, I went on to style for that same group I started with in 2010 for their other projects, along with my own photo shoots [some of which I was the stylist and model].

Has it been a smooth road?
For the most part, it has been smooth sailing. After I decided to pursue another passion of mine, I started to take only photo shoots for models I’ve worked with in the past and my own. Along with those shoots I’ve accepted small jobs as a stylist for individuals attending events.

Have you ever felt like giving up?
Like any other professional new to the industry, any time you’re passed on for someone with more experience or a bigger name than yours, it stings -a lot. After a handful of times of it happening, you feel like calling it quits. I for one can definitely understand that; I had struggled to find opportunities to do the kind of styling I wanted. What was worse was finding those opportunities but not being offered them due to my lack of a substantial portfolio. After the 4th rejection in a row, I started to falter and considered just throwing in the towel. I overcame this downward spiral by taking some much needed time working a regular 9 to 5 job to realize that I wanted more out of my life than clocking in and out, doing a job I didn’t love. I decided that I would cut back hours at my job and start creating my own opportunities for styling via reaching out to photographers and makeup artists that I loved and fit my vision. It also helped that I the way I wanted to style was exactly the way I wanted to dress but was too afraid to do so in an everyday setting; making myself the model I would style made it easy to bring my visions come to life.

Bottom line: it took really figuring out what I wanted and making a plan to get there -my way.

What would you tell someone who is just starting out?
As much as I hate to sound cliche: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Although the school I went to helped a lot, it took socializing, mingling and networking with people I wanted to work with and meshed well with my style to get things really started.

Everyone’s path is going to be different but the key thing that made my path easier was being blessed to meet the amazing photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists and set designers I eventually worked with. Once you have that support and creative space to work with, it makes things fun and exciting versus scary and hard. (If that makes sense, lol!)

Is there something you are particularly excited about or working towards?
I’m honestly most excited to get the opportunities to work and create with other aspiring individuals in the industry. I feel my happiest when I’m creating and making new friends along the way.

Contact Info:

  • Website: QueenieIto.com
  • Email: queenieitobooking@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @QueenieIto
  • Facebook: facebook.com/fuhreakinqueenieito
  • Other: twitter.com/QueenieIto

 

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