To be 26 and in one of Australia’s top styling jobs it would be easy to say that Kara Wilson was kicking goals!! Most people would stop there once they have their dream job but Kara quickly realised this was just the start for her and the world was really her oyster.
BOYBYHER got the chance to sit down with her at her LA base and chat all things from styling to business start up’s…
You had a pretty big job at Channel 9, can you give us a bit of a run down on what the job entailed?
I started at channel 9 in 2010 as an assistant wardrobe stylist and worked my way up the ranks. By 2016 I was the senior stylist for the entire network nationwide.
What drove you to move to LA? And as a stylist why LA?
Australia is a great place to start your career as a stylist, I was very fortunate to have a lot of luck and to be surrounded by great people however I needed a change of scenery. I’ve always loved visiting LA and had never lived abroad, so I thought I would give it a shot. It’s Hollywood after all so I knew I would never be short of work.
How has it been staring from the beginning again in a new country?
It’s had its moments and I’ve faced challenges, as you would moving your life to any new city. I’ve been very fortunate to have met some really influential people in the industry that have helped me pave out a great career here so far.
Whats been the most exciting/pinch yourself moment in work since you have been here in LA?
Probably working on the Oscars. I dressed two clients for the red carpet and also helped out with the publicity for luxury jewellery label Bvlgari. I was invited to the Elton John viewing party where I ran into Beyoncé in the bathroom, definitely had to pinch myself at that one!!
You also recently started a PR company based here in LA. Fill us in?
My business partner Marina and I started up an agency that represents talent and fashion labels. We currently rep a roster of photographers, make-up artists, hairstylists etc. and two fabulous Australian fashion labels.
Biggest learning curve in that so far?
To be patient. I’ve learnt that nothing worth fighting for comes easy and that it’s ok to have bad days. You just have to pick yourself up, smile and soldier on because it WILL get better.
What would be your advice to any young woman reading this about starting your own business?
Don’t ever doubt your dreams. If you can think it, you can do it. I am the perfect example of that. I decided when I was about 15 that I wanted to be a stylist at channel 9 and 6 years later I was. I decided that one day I wanted to live in LA and work on the biggest red carpet event in the world and I made that happen. The Mind is a very powerful tool, use it, trust it and believe in it!
Keep up with Kara’s journey here @sydneystyleedit