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8 Style Experts on What They Love (And Hate) About Their Jobs

8 Style Experts on What They Love (And Hate) About Their Jobs
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From stylist to personal shopper, designer and makeup artist, there are so many career paths you can follow in the fashion and beauty industry.

These jobs may seem like all glamour and no work to an outsider, but careers in fashion and beauty have their own set of pros and cons, just like any other profession. The industry fosters a lot of creativity, but it's also difficult to keep up with trends that are constantly changing, please customers and design items that people will actually love.

Wondering what it's really like to work in fashion and beauty? These industry professionals told Business News Daily the inside scoop on what they love and hate about their jobs.

Business News Daily: What do you do?

Maegan Watson: [I'm the] founder of My Dear Watson, a firm dedicated to creating wardrobes.

BND: What do you love most about your job, and why?

Watson: I love shopping for people — I get full rein as I'm not a personal shopper. I actually get to pick exactly what is purchased. It's so satisfying to buy $5,000 worth of clothes and only return a few pieces. 

BND: What do you hate most about your job, and why?

Watson: What I hate most about my job is being called a stylist. People think styling is only for celebrities, and that's just not true — regular people have to get dressed, too. The majority of people I work with are your regular Janes trying to better their little part of the world — that's important and meaningful, and you don't need to be photographed 24/7 to warrant working with a stylist. Also, I think stylists get a bad rap from TV shows — I don't ever use the word "fabulous," and I don't care what the trends are.

Business News Daily: What do you do?

Lou Rod Cueva: I am the owner of MLR Artist Management, a hair and makeup agency based out of Boston, Massachusetts. My day-to-day is booking top hair and makeup artists for print, TV [and] film, runway, and bridal work.

BND: What do you love most about your job, and why?

Cueva: I love the artists I represent. My team of artists are passionate, expressive, and believe in me as their leader. It's refreshing to run a business with people who support the vision I have, understand the tough choices I have to make and [have a] willingness to take risks. Operating a small business is rewarding. 

BND: What do you hate most about your job, and why?

Cueva: What I hate most about my job is that some people think our industry is just a hobby. Hair and makeup is a profession, just like doctors, pilots and lawyers.

Business News Daily: What do you do?

Mari Corella:  I am the director of online merchandising for [a beauty retailer]. I have over a decade of experience in the fashion industry and have worked for major retailers such as Gap, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sears. In my current role, I am responsible for developing a world-class online beauty destination that inspires customers to look their best.

BND: What do you love most about your job, and why?

Corella: What I love about my job is that I am constantly learning about new trends both in the fashion/beauty industry as well as with tech. I love staying on top of fashion trends, so it's a major plus that I get paid to research and execute trends. I have degrees in art history and business, and my role as head merchandiser allows me to combine my analytical and creative skills. 

BND: What do you hate most about your job, and why?

Corella: There are few things I hate about my job. I think a challenging aspect is that I am passionate about the products and the stories behind them, but there are business limitations that don't allow me to fully share with the world how great these products are. And there are some less than glamorous tasks that need to be done to keep the business afloat, such as running reports or creating presentations. Though not an issue at my current job, I do find that the fashion industry does live up to its reputation of being a competitive environment filled with big personalities. [7 Photographers Share What They Love (and Hate) About Their Jobs ]

Business News Daily: What do you do?

Lisa Chu: I am the creative director for Black N Bianco, [a clothing brand] dedicated to providing affordable and adorable children's formal wear.

BND: What do you love most about your job, and why?

Chu: I love designing and crafting new dresses for little girls. There is no excitement and joy that can be matched when I find the right pattern for my flower-girl dress. I also enjoy the flexible hours this job gives me. I am a night owl, and I tend to be most creative during the night hours.

BND: What do you hate most about your job, and why?

Chu: The thing I hate the most about my job is the limited budget I'm given for my designs. It really limits my ability to design the clothing I really want. Due to our motto being "adorable and affordable," I have to come up with new ways to design something that is cost-efficient. It really stresses me out, because it's difficult finding patterns and fabrics that [don't] look or feel cheap.

Business News Daily: What do you do?

Diane Pollack: I am a wardrobe consultant and personal shopper in New York City. I help women rejuvenate their closets and create outfits with items they already own. I [also] shop with women who need a guided eye, [and shop] for women who are too busy to shop or just don't enjoy it.  

BND: What do you love most about your job, and why?

Pollack: [I love] being constantly involved in fashion, shopping the stores and discovering the new trends. My business and my personal interests cross over, so if I am reading a fashion magazine or out shopping, I am working. [I also love] being my own boss [and that] every day is different.

BND: What do you hate most about your job, and why?

Pollack: There is so much other work to do that does not involve fashion. I feel like I am constantly chained to a computer, and when I get up to do what I love, there is always more to do back at the computer.

Business News Daily: What do you do?

Hilary Kennedy: I work as a TV anchor [and] correspondent for a national morning show called "Eye Opener," covering fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. 

BND: What do you love most about your job, and why?

Kennedy: What I love most about my job is getting the scoop on cutting-edge trends, meeting established brands and interviewing the up-and-coming designers, and sharing my insider knowledge with viewers. It's always a great feeling to get an email or social media comment from a viewer who saw a fashion segment and it helped make their life a little more fun or made them feel more stylish.

BND: What do you hate most about your job, and why?

Kennedy: The negativity on social media. Not everyone will love a certain trend, look or style, and it's impossible to please everyone. People can be very hurtful with their strong opinions, and I wish there were more constructive criticism instead of bashing or bullying at someone else's expense. 

Business News Daily: What do you do?

Catherine Cottingham: I own Catherine Nicole, an online designer jewelry boutique that I started 11 years ago. We [sell] artisan and undiscovered jewelry lines, in addition to my own line.

BND: What do you love most about your job, and why?

Cottingham: Owning a smaller business allows me to connect with my customers on a level that larger businesses simply can't. It provides me with a tremendous amount of agility and flexibility to follow my inspiration, pursue new ideas and discard old ones, rather than be driven by changing consumer markets. I value the creative freedom I have as a designer, particularly in an industry where that degree of agency is not always possible. In that regard, it allows me to move more quickly than larger companies can. Additionally, it connects me to my customers substantially more. 

BND: What do you hate most about your job, and why?

Cottingham: [Running] a small, creative business can be infinitely rewarding but also comes with a lot of responsibilities. For one, we don't have access to the same resources and tools that help grow and sustain larger businesses. I have a team, but the amount of work that goes into a small business often exceeds the capacity of the team members. We've learned to wear many hats, and [we] try to be as resourceful as possible, but the need to constantly multitask can sometimes inhibit the business's growth. 

Business News Daily: What do you do?

Dayanne Danier: I am the fashion designer of a women's ready-to-wear brand called Bien Abye. I have been in the fashion industry for over a decade, designing for some of the larger fashion houses, like Perry Ellis and Van Heusen. I [now] design under my own label. 

BND: What do you love most about your job, and why?

Danier: What I love the most about my job is the creative process. Coming up with a concept, researching, designing a style on paper and watching it come to life. It's like birthing a child every season. And the final point of watching a style transform the attitude of the wearer — it's so gratifying. 

BND: What do you hate most about your job, and why?

Danier: What I hate most about the job — [that's] a challenge [for me] to say because I really enjoy being a fashion designer. Although the industry is changing, which can be annoying. Being a fashion designer is like being an inventor, where your medium is textiles and fabric. [Not] every invention is good, and when that happens, going back to the drawing board can be annoying.

Brittney Helmrich

Brittney M. Helmrich graduated from Drew University in 2012 with a B.A. in History and Creative Writing. She joined the Business News Daily team in 2014 after working as the editor-in-chief of an online college life and advice publication for two years. Follow Brittney on Twitter at @brittneyplz, or contact her by email.