Amanda Sears Putting Together Looks for a Photo Shoot
In 2014, I played my first ever CMA fest as an artist in Nashville on the same stages as artists like American Young and Nelson (yes, the band from the 90s). That was also the first time I've ever worked with a professional stylist, and I've been a believer ever since.
It was scary at first, I'll admit. But as my stylist Amanda pointed out to me - artist's need to 'elevate' their style. It's not just a 'normal' day when you're on stage or at a photo shoot, you should make the extra effort...just like you do when writing songs, recording and rehearsing. It's part of your artist brand (yes guys that goes for you too).
I've been amazed at the all the ways clothes can fit into combinations, options that different accessories can create and how pieces can transition from season to season with a couple minor changes. It truly is a skill---and so is the shopping, which stylists can help with too. And, believe me, it doesn't have to cost you a fortune either if you're on an Indie Artist budget.
Years later, thanks to Amanda's help (and make-up/hair pro Laura Natalie), my style was recognized by a music and fashion blog in the UK!
On Tour 2017: 4th of July Concert with my Aunt Julie