Accidental Icon: Details Cross Generation Cool

Photo @paigecambelllinden

Photo @paigecambelllinden

Until I started to participate in fashion and beauty shoots I had no idea what happens behind the scenes. I have to confess I had the belief that it was all glamor and fun, which it can be, but it is also very hard work on the part of many people. Doing make-up really well can take a long time as the artist has to think about many things I know I don't think about when I am slapping mine on in my bathroom. What kind of lighting, clothing worn, mood, the directors and photographers vision determines colors, highlights and textures.

In my field when interprofessional work is done, each discipline brings their discrete knowledge to the mix and then will approach the issue from that perspective. There is a fairly clear agenda and reason why we are all working together. The idea is that problems are complex and so need multiple professionals, in their different roles, to address them. The focus is usually on the how we will work together to get the job done. The client may or may not be part of the process.

In this new world I have stumbled into there is a more utopian perspective in that each profession and/or role engages in collaboration for a different purpose: to create something that would not be possible if one were working alone. There is constant conversation between the make-up artist, the stylist, the director, the brand and the photographer and sometimes the shoot may take a different direction because of these conversations. There is an openness and flexibility to the ideas of others rather than the rigid silos that can sometimes occur in my "other" work. It was clear that everyone had done their homework on me and had checked my platforms. I felt that they had picked me for me; not just because I happened to have grey hair. I have been so fortunate in that every project I have participated in has been incredibly respectful of me and everyone always checks in that I am okay with the choices being made.

Somehow my naiveté always works for me because it is usually after the fact that I find out just how important or famous some of the people I am working with are. In this shoot, the person who did the final hair look that everyone loved in my last post is an incredibly famous hair stylist who has worked with all of the top photographers, models and brands. Somehow me just thinking he was a lovely and friendly man with very cool tattoos helped me remain relaxed and natural.

Perhaps others have different experiences but I have to say that each and every interaction I have had so far really shatters the myth that fashion folk are not nice. I have found them to be generous, creative, engaging, caring, respectful and I could go on and on. 

Photo:Emily Strange

Photo:Emily Strange

Have you ever had an experience that shattered a "myth" about something or someone?

 

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