Atiba on episode 2: In Over Their Heads

I like styling new artists because it’s a clean slate. You can create their image from scratch, like a painter with a blank canvas, not to mention that they’re less drama LOL. Once they see my resume, they usually let me do whatever I want, unlike big clients who don’t usually know what they want until they see it.



It was hard styling Carmen because I had no budget! But her having a nice shape and being sample size helped out a lot. If she wasn’t sample size, there was no way I was going to be able to pull that job off without making the clothes myself, and I don’t sew. Nor do I do windows. LOL

I don’t consider anyone “smalltime.” We all have to start out somewhere but when I realized that she was still unsigned, I was a lil pissed. No label, no budget! I haven’t styled an unsigned artist in over a decade, but Brandi thought it would be a good move for us so I did it. Is it a problem to want to work? And to want to get paid? If so, call me Mr. Problem.

I wasn’t happy about the fact that I had to style a “no budget” client at all, but Brandi felt like it was a good idea, so I did it. You have to trust your agent. So I called in favors and got access to a showroom. Relationships are key in our business. Showroom connects are priceless. Sometimes you may not get your wardrobe budget in time but you may have a fitting the next day. Showrooms have saved me more times than I can count.

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Carmen’s manager giving his opinion on the looks was funny to me but I’m used to it by now. Everyone has an opinion and that’s fine, but when you don’t have a sense of style, your opinion goes in one ear and comes out the other at light speed! So basically he was speaking Spanish to me and the only language I speak besides English is pig latin. LOL
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