Jodi Nash: South Australian Style Magazine

I recently did a Q&A with South Australian Style Magazine Editor; Jodi Nash, her story is one worth hearing and she is a testament to hard work equals success
 
What made you decide to start a magazine?
Coming from a freelance makeup, styling and photography background a opportunity came up to rebrand a magazine that I was freelancing for.I decided to give it a go and see what happened, it took off from there. There was also a huge gap in the market for a women’s publication in Adelaide. 
I was frustrated that I couldn’t visit the fashion stores that were promoted in the nationals so I made my own just for the local girls.
 
How did you get to where you are  now in your career? 
A lot of hard work starting with a great education. Working in Canada and America helped with experience on an international stage.
I studied visual art, photography, makeup and hair artistry straight from high school. I went to Uni during the day and did makeup classes at night. I worked for free for photographers for years assisting on set. I also taught modelling, catwalk and deportment. I got into fashion styling after Uni and coordinated and art directed a lot of catwalk shows over the years, even helping to launch the first Adelaide Fashion Festival in 2001.
I helped create a professional makeup school for budding makeup artists called Paint in 2004. 
I have always worked for myself as a freelancer or a consultant and found having a good skill set helped to gain lots of employment opportunities in all fashion fields.
 
What are the opportunities that have opened up for you as the editor of SA Style?
Meeting great people, working with celebrities and having fun putting fashion shoots together. 
 
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced within your career?
The publishing industry is full of deadlines and time constraints. I find that the hardest thing.
 
Any exciting plans ahead for you and/or SA Style?
It’s our 20th birthday next issue (December release) little did I know 5 years ago when I was planning the first issue on my kitchen table that we would be doing our 20th edition! 
 
What advice do you have or can you give to anyone wanting to get into a position similar to yours?
1) Up skill all the time and get jobs in the fashion industry wherever you can, even starting in a fashion retail store is great experience.
2) Build a solid skill set. The more strings to your bow the more employable you will be.
3) Work for people you are inspired by, and be loyal to those who gave you a start in the industry.
4) Professionalism, being polite and friendly, showing up, standing out from the crowd, dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s, will get you more places than an emailed resume ever will. 
5) The people you stomp on, on your way up will be the same people you meet on your way down, so don’t burn bridges.
6) Use your gut and do things you believe in. Be original and go your own way.
7) Success won’t happen overnight, but if you never take no for an answer, it will happen eventually. 
8) I have never given up an any project I started, see everything through to the end, it is an invaluable lesson.

Kara Fantasia: Westfield Stylist

What is your current position/job description? 

I am a freelance stylist and a stylist and presenter for Westfield South Australia
How did you get to the position you are in now?

I have been in the fashion industry for over 20 years working in many different areas. I started out working for a fashion agency in Adelaide when I left school which gave me a taste for the industry and I then moved to Melbourne to study fashion marketing and merchandising at the Melbourne College  of Textiles which is now a part of RMIT. I was then in the right place at the right time and got to meet the head of the wardrobe department at Channel 7 Melbourne who offered me a job as a wardrobe stylist at the station. I ended up working there for 7 years and was so lucky to work with many amazing actors and celebrities .

I also learnt makeup artistry while working there. It was a fantastic time but Melbourne was never home so I decided to move back to Adelaide. I went via London (just a little of track) where I studied Fashion Styling for the Media at The London College of Fashion and then did a 6 month stint in the press office of international shoe designer L.K.Bennett London. When I got back to Adelaide I focused on my makeup for a few years and was lucky to be voted SA makeup artist of the year 5 times at the National ABIA awards. I have also been freelancing as a stylist working on many commercials and editorial shoots. The Westfield styling position came up in September last year and I am thrilled to be a part if such a fantastic team.

What are the opportunities that have opened up for you within this position?

Working with celebrities ofcourse! But I really love hosting events and workshops which is quite new to me, the highlight so far was hosting The City of Tea Tree Gully Christmas Carols event in front if 18,000 people. The thing that is fun and exciting about my job is that every week I am meeting someone new or hosting a completely different event.

Where do you see yourself or what do you want to be doing in 5 years?

I hope that I am still working in such a creative, fun industry. I love what I am doing now and can see myself continuing on for many years. I would also love to either write a book or produce an online site for woman who need to gain more confidence about the way we look, especially mums.

What advice do you have or can you give to people who want to get into a position similar to yours?

Don’t expect the Fashion industry to be all events and glamour, yes that is some of the time, but a lot  is also very hard slog. On your feet for hours on end, lugging mannequins and clothes racks around, and sitting on the floor taping the bottom of shoes so they don’t get dirty in fashion parades- no glamour there! It is also very much about networking, often who you know or just being in the right place. So I highly recommend putting yourself out there for work experience or intern work. We are always looking for helpers during major events or campaigns but remember it can be hard work. Obviously having some experience in retail is very handy, and there are some great fashion courses around which give you a great background but hands on experience is looked upon very highly.

Your best tip or trick to keep a job like yours?

Sometimes you have to step out of your role and help when it’s needed, for example, I am employed as a stylist at Westfield but I will also help out with promo work or assist the marketing department when they are busy. By being flexible you will be highly regarded in any industry.

 What an inspirational woman! Thanks so much for sharing you story with us Kara.