Today we’d like to introduce you to Janelle Nicole Carothers.
Janelle Nicole, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was in college and I was working in retail. I would meet wardrobe stylist who would come in and shop for their clients. Since I was helping them navigate the store, it allowed me moments to pick their brains and find out more about their careers.
Ultimately, the shit just sounded exciting and seemed like something I would be good at.
Even though at that precise moment, I didn’t quite know what that “something” was … I just knew that I was going to do it, or be it, by any means necessary.
I told everyone. The more people I discussed my vision with the more people I discovered knew someone who knew someone who could possibly get me closer to doing or being that “something” I wanted to be.
My first introduction into the industry was a non-paid costumer doing small independent films and made for TV movies. I don’t think at that time I was like, “YES! This is it”, but I definitely felt that the universe heard me, my specific journey was beginning and I was hyped about it. Beautiful mentors began to guide me, take me under their wing and teach me the hard lessons. Emphasize hard!
Later, I transitioned into an assistant stylist for award shows, live performances, tours, music videos and commercials. I gave a lot of years as an assistant stylist, I learned, I grew, I said yes, I showed up, I showed loyalty to those who were pulling me up and taking me along their journey. I was grateful for every second. Grateful for all the blood, sweat and tears. After about seven years in – I did a full circle back into television and film as an assistant costume designer on the BET sitcom, The Game. That’s where I got to fine tune my skills on another level. Going from a freelance stylist which runs strictly on creative momentum and a get it done, get it done well and get it done now mentality to a more structured collaborative union television & film environment. As an Assistant Costume Designer is where I fell in LOVE with storytelling and discovered more layers of myself and more of what I had to offer as a creative. I discovered my career sweet spot. Anyone who knows me – knows I tell a very colorful story. I don’t care if I am just telling you about my trip to the grocery store. I am painting the whole picture, no detail left out. Naturally the next step is Costume Designer. The Costume Designer that I had been assisting for years got called for a job but she was already booked and referred me to do it, so I took the torch that was lit by some very dope women and I ran with it – and 17 years later here I am still kicking, still shinning bright.
Has it been a smooth road?
Definitely NOT smooth – although I can’t pinpoint the bumps to anything specific. It is possible that PTSD has kicked in and my mind has just blocked out the details of the low lows. This is industry brings a lot of uncertainties. You absolutely have to hang on to your hat if you want to ride this ride. There are a lot catch twenty-twos to navigate and combat. There are a lot of money lessons to learn. The beauty of putting in the time and staying the course is you do make it to the other side and you get to see the answers to all the times you doubted or questioned the journey. I’ve been blessed to see a lot of things play out fully and at the same time I am still just getting started. So, onward and upward to us all.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a Costume Designer for Television and Film. My job is to help tell & sell the characters story through costume. Making you (the audience) believe the characters are who they say they are.
My company, I CURE NUDITY also includes I CURE NUDITY Wardrobe Trailers that supplies the TV/Film industry with state of the art Wardrobe Trailer rentals.
Coming soon is I CURE NUDITY (the non-profit) … providing under Privileged children with back to school clothes and coats.
I am proud of my longevity as a company. I am proud of all the years I have been in business and that I never wavered on my work ethic or my moral to get to where I am today. I am proud of so many things. I have been blessed to work on many projects with many amazing people. Each project, each year, each client adorning its own set of gifts.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
LOS ANGELES is where it’s at. If you’re not here, I don’t know where you are.
- Website: www.Janellecarothers.com
- Phone: 3102001847
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @icurenudity
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