This past Saturday we had the pleasure of participating in “Get Reel With Your Dreams” at Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, an inspiring and educational event for selected honor students from NYC public high schools who are interested in developing a career in the television and film industries. The program has already granted over $110,000 in scholarships to deserving students.
Organized by ABC’s Sade Baderinwa, it started with an impressive panel of industry experts, including movie critic Sandy Kenyon, actor Sean Ringgold, correspondents Gio Benitez and Juju Chang and casting director Tracey Moore, to name a few. They not only offered a peek into what they do, but they also shared their stories of the dedication and courage that it took them to pursue their own dreams and become leaders in their fields. It was a great honor to be part of the panel, in a room full of kids who are so eager to learn, full of passion, and take any word of advice and encouragement to heart.
Introduced to “Get Reel” by our friend and founder of GLAM4GOOD, Mary Alice Stephenson, who is the quintessential fashion philanthropist, we were very excited to tell our story of “making it” in the competitive world of fashion. After the panel, each expert conducted workshops for smaller groups of students.
In our workshops, we taught about style types and how to style a client for an event, making sure the look they selected not only went in line with the client’s style type, but that it was appropriate for the event.
With clothes, shoes and accessories kindly provided by The RealReal, Rent The Runway, Factory PR and Ann Taylor, each group picked their “model” and created a head-to-toe outfit for the Cannes Film Festival, Grammys, The VMAs and TriBeCa Film Festival. Each workshop finished with a runway fashion show, where the students showed off the looks they created.
They did such an amazing job and although we were the ones that were to inspire them, they inevitably inspired us.
Our goal was not only to educate and have fun, but also to get across that being a stylist is not just about the glitz and glamour: it takes a lot of effort to make things look effortless. Great attention to detail and teamwork go into making sure that everything runs smoothly and the client is happy.
We were so happy to be part of “Get Reel”, and hope that we were able to help inspire these amazing students to follow their dreams! Thanks to everyone who made this event possible!