Dear Ms. Wright,
I ran into you several years ago while attending Riverside Community College’s Cosmetology Instructor Trainee Program. you were promoting you book, “The Hair, makeup & Styling Career Guide”. I bought it and I can honestly say it inspired me to explore the possibiliti...
The 5th Ed. Hair Makeup & Fashion Styling Career Guide is a comprehensive 400 page workbook filled with practical advice, step-by-step instructions and rare insights that will help you to launch and sustain a career as a makeup, hair or fashion stylist behind-the-scenes in Print, Video, Film, TV, Fashion and Beauty
Join Crystal Wright as she walks you through the process of:
––getting jobs, ––finding an agent, ––testing with photographers, ––building a book, ––deciding on whether to join the union, ––setting a day rate for your services, ––creating a comp card ––negotiating with art directors, editors, producers, ––formulating a resume ––assisting, and much much more!
Whether you are a licensed cosmetologist, makeup artist, or just have a yin for fashion, achieving 15 minutes of fame in the highly competitive, $4 billion beauty industry means planning to work and working the plan. Throughout the book, Crystal illustrates her professional philosophies with quotes, advice and anecdotes from well known art directors, photographers, fashion editors, record company executives and celebrity styling agents, many of whom are pictured throughout the book. Each chapter also includes space for your personal notes.
Additionally, the 5th Edition Hair, Makeup & Styling Career Guide is the OFFICIAL text book for the fashion styling courses at the following prestigious colleges:
EDUCATOR Testimonial According to New York University Libraries
Now in its 5th edition, this is the only Career Guide for professionals in makeup art and hair design. It focuses almost exclusively on the beauty and fashion industries, but it still includes much valuable information for theatre professionals.
The author covers all aspects of the trade ranging from portfolio and resume to makeup kits, from "looking the part" to the public library and other information resources, from working with photographers and agencies to working freelance. Also included are a glossary and a resource directory.
I have been a fashion stylist for many years and came across your book, The Hair, Makeup, and Fashion Styling Career Guide . After being in the business as long as I have and working with major advertising clients almost daily, one would think that we should "know it all". I look at The Career Guide as a refresher course that all of us in the business need once in a while. I feel that I now have renewed enthusiasm for my work.
I was on my way to a job interview and I happened to drop in the Makeup Shop in NYC. I was amazed to find a book regarding makeup and how to break into the business. I found this to be an incredible resource for a person not only starting out, but a person who is showing their portfolio. I am telling all my friends about your wonderful book.
Sincerely, Laura Mohberg, Makeup Artist to Halle Berry
You are my inspiration. Your book and class have taught me so much that just a "thank you" is not good enough. I know that with you on my side nothing can stop me.
Respectfully, Maisha Johnson
There have been many times over the years of my career as a hairdresser when I wanted to get more involved in photo styling, but I never knew what was involved or what doors to knock on first. I found your book very helpful- a must-have for anyone in the industry who wants to go beyond a salon atmosphere.
After 22 years of teaching Makeup, Hair and Fashion stylists how to gain a competitive advantage as freelancers by building their portfolios and marketing themselves, celebrity styling agent Crystal Wright has turned her attention to helping others. Many people are disheartened with the state of our world, and the economy; they feel threatened by the prospect of losing, or have already lost their jobs, and are wondering how their families got so out of control. In many cases, they are faced with the challenge of taking on the additional responsibility of helping out family members, and friends who have lost their livelihood, homes and more.
While we can’t change what has already happened, Wright knows from experience that by taking responsibility for our choices, and changing our actions, attitudes and habits, we can rise above our immediate circumstances, change course, excel and thrive 30 days at a time.
Her theory? That by changing only one thing every 30 days, expecting God’s power and favor in your life, and refusing to take no for an answer from anyone, including yourself, you can reclaim your power, reinvent yourself, and step into the life of your choosing.
Furthermore, incorporating 30 DAYS AT 100 PERCENT into the lives of your children, gives the entire family a goal worthy of achieving.
On the morning of Sunday, March 8, 2009 God dropped 30 DAYS AT 100 PERCENT into my Spirit as I was mulling over the fact that I wasn’t 100%. You see, I realized something that I have known for awhile, that without doing my hair, or makeup, or exercising my fat little growing tummy, planning out my day the night before, reading my bible, praying on the regular, emptying out the dishes in the kitchen sink, and being able to sit down in my gray Ungaro skirt without choking, I am not 100%.
Having just completed Rick Warren’s book A Purpose Driven Life1 with a small group of friends, I decided to call my Purpose Driven Life1 partners and share my idea with them. They all agreed, that they too were not always 100%. We shared some ideas on what would make us 100%, and in a matter of hours we had resolved to meet together on the phone the next day in an effort to make 100% a way of life––30 days at a time. We opened that phone call at 7:30AM on Monday, March 9, 2009 with a statement of what our 100% looked like for each of us. Everyone was different.
100% can mean one thing if you are a mom, something else if you are an investment banker, something different if you are a makeup artist, and yet another if you are an athlete. But regardless of who you are, or what you do, EVERYONE has their 100%, and at one time or another, we have all slacked off.
In my life, I find that the longer I slack off of my 100% the muddier things get and the more dominant my excuses become. That’s because I’m now at 80% or even 70%, and I’ve bought into this new lower level of living with lower expectations.
Being at 100% is being ready for the ‘everything and anything’ opportunities that present themselves in your world, as well as the wonderful surprises that only those who are at 100% get to take advantage of.
How many times have you missed a great job, run into the perfect mate, or couldn’t take advantage of a downturn in the stock market because you weren’t 100%?
Still wanna run out of the house without combing your hair, go to bed without cleaning the brushes in your makeup kit, or think you can graze over the notes for tomorrow’s big meeting on the subway into work, and still shine like a star?
When you are striving to live at 100%, you make different choices for your life because 100% demands something new of you, and each new choice begets a new outcome, that bonds you to a new routine which has its own momentum. Some people say they don’t like routine. Who are they kidding? It’s the routine that keeps you prepared for spontaneity. Order begets order, and produces the freedom to move, do and create. Can you remember the last time you felt 100%? Do you remember where you were? What you were wearing? Who you were with? What you were doing? Why you were there, and how you were feeling? Capture it! Take a picture of it in your mind. It’s a mental and emotional record of your 100%.
Some people are really good at a nearly literal ability to visualize things they haven’t seen or touched. That’s amazing––and I’m working on getting better at it, but I’ve always been challenged with that kind of visualization.
As bad as I wanted that navy blue Range Rover with the beige leather interior and the navy blue piping, and as many times as I tried to imagine myself in the car driving it––(which I did), I still couldn’t quite wrap my head around the feeling of being in a car that I wasn’t driving everyday.
However, I could literally see myself walking into the Essence building at 1500 Broadway in New York City, slinging eight photography and styling portfolios because I had done it so many times before. I can to this day experience the feeling of walking up to the receptionist and saying “Crystal Wright to see Mikki Garth-Taylor,” the Beauty and Cover Editor at Essence magazine. I remember seeing her walk through that door to sit with me in the reception area, and the excitement of knowing that she didn’t give just anyone an appointment.
That feeling of accomplishment is tied to everything about that moment. The way I was dressed, the way I sat, the way I shook her hand, the way I announced my name to the receptionist, the way she smiled at me and my belief that she must have thought “Crystal must have something really special in those portfolios to come all the way to New York to show them to me.” It all made me feel FABULOUS. And the energy in that moment of FABULOUS is my 100%. I wanted it back. I wanted it every day. I wanted to recapture that feeling when I started writing 30 DAYS AT 100 PERCENT.
Join me on this 30-Day journey back to capturing and keeping your 100%.
Crystal A. Wright
30 DAYS AT 100 PERCENT
I took Crystal’s class in Atlanta last year. I needed direction and she helped me put everything in the proper perspective!
Now I’m thinking way outside the box! I’m creating new boxes! I’m expanding and connecting to boxes to keep me moving at a steady incline! I’m grateful for crossing your path. Because of you I’m a better artist and person!
Shantel Wadley, Salon Owner | Dallas, TX.
Since my Mommie taught us about being 100%, I understand that my job is to study and bring my grades up, get to school on time and have perfect attendance. If I’m not doing what I’m supposed to do, then I can’t be 100 PERCENT.
When people try to bother me at school now, I just ignore them and focus on my work so I can be 100 Percent.
Kobe McCants, Age 8
After committing my action plan to paper, and completing it at night. I found that I could complete in 3 hours in the morning what had been taking me all day to do.
Now I'm making some real progress.
Fallon S. | Fashion Stylist Los Angeles, California