When you work a job as an assistant stylist (even as a stylist) it’s like you are getting paid to be on an 10+ hour job interview. You’ve gotta work to impress the key stylist if you ever want he/she to hire you again. If you are terror of an assistant, then you can guarantee that you won’t work with that stylist again. Heck, you may even ruin your rep with other stylist too. No BS.
So here are a couple of rules to live by when you are working as an assistant stylist:
Rule #1- Shut the f%&* up! For real. BE QUIET on set. No one really cares about your opinion, unless of course they ask you for it. Stay quiet and do what you are told. Remember, you are the assistant here.
Rule #2- Stay off your phone. Nothing says “lazy ass” like an assistant who is constantly texting and yacking on their phone. Stay off of it. Whatever your boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend or whoever has to say can wait … you are at work, dang-it!
Rule #3- Be professional. Working a stylist job isn’t like working an office job. You don’t have to dress up all dorky, and unlike an office, the environment is often chaotic and noisy. BUT you can’t let that stuff trick you into thinking its cool to be slack. Its not cool. You are at work, so act like it. Be professional at all times. There is no room for silly flirty, horsing around, and all that other crap.
So there are the rules/SOS Assistant’s heavy dose of tough love! There aren’t many rules but they are all super important if you want to work in this town 😉 Learn em, live em, and learn em some more.