Smart Executive Solutions [shineadthecoach]
What is your specialty as a stylist? fashion, salon, image, objects...?
My speciality is complete makeovers and it is what I enjoy the most. I am a qualified hair stylist and love finding the perfect stlye for someones face. It makes a huge impact on their appearance and self esteem. I am also an image consultant, fashion stylist and designer. What this enables me to do is complete an analysis on someones face and body shape and determine whether the clothes chosen from the makeover are cost effective and compatible with their lifestyle and personality. I can also show the client how to tweak an outfit and give it the designer look by making a few minor adjustments. After the hair and clothes section is finished, I place the client in the reliable and award winning hands of the make up artist. Once this part is complete then they are ready for their photograph to be taken. I am a qualified photographer, so with the consultation of the client, we have a studio session and they are presented with a set of photographs at the end, marking their transformation.
Can you provide a link to a site where we can see something of your work or of where you work.
yes, my website address is www.smartexecutivesolutions.org
I also have a full porfolio book of published work that the client can see if they so wish during the consultation. Sometimes it can inspire the client towards a look that they would like to achieve for themselves but they will only be included in this book if they give permission.
In what style or trend do you classify yourself?
Style is something that does not change with the seasons. It is not a trend. It is an innate sense of who you are and what you represent that is expressed through clothing. My style is based on what I feel comfortable wearing, what suits my body shape and my state of mind. On this token I am constantly evolving. At the moment I quite like gothic chic. I like to experiment with clothes. I'm an artist so if I have not painted, drawn or written in a while then my style is quite colourful. I also like vintage pieces combined with the modern. When a trend is fashionable I like to add one piece or two from it and combine it with a capsule look.
How did you begin to develop your talent? Have you possesed it since you were a child?
When I was a little girl I chipped my thumb playing soccer and had to wear a sling on my left hand. This meant that I either developed the use of my left hand or went crazy with boredom! I began to use my left hand but it was very frustrating trying to write with it, so I began to draw instead. I drew endless designs of clothes and womens hairstyles. Once my hand healed, I gave all of my dolls a haircut, including my pet dog! This progressed into me ripping all of my dolls clothes off and making my own designs for them. Once my friends seen the drawings of the clothes, they would ask me to make them outfits and style their hair. Then as I got older my friend entered me into a beauty pageant, more because I was joking around saying that I was going to enter her, but she got in there first! When I won, much to my surprise, I was forwarded to a number of other contests and needed a lot of outfits. I did not have much money so I had to come up with a less expensive method, which was making my own. The shock to me was when one of the girls actually stole one of my outfits!!
What importance has professional training had on your career?
When I started off styling, it was sheer determination and flexibilty that got me the opportunities that I am so grateful for, but I wanted to have a traditional qualification for myself. When I began studying, I actually felt that I was not learning anything and at one point wondered why I was bothering, as the course was teaching me to become what I was already professioanlly practicing. However, it taught me planning, how to polish my services and how to bring all of my passions together in an organised manner.
When did you first realize you could make a living this way?
When I started coming up with excuses so that I would have enough time to pursue other ambitions. I then priced my services higher, in order to limit the amount of clients that started to pursue me.
What people or experiences have taught you the most and helped you to arrive where you are?
When I got my first opportunity, it was becasue I was bored and thirsted for something to push me and scare me to death. I contacted a fashion magazine and told them that I wanted to challenge their current fashion stylist, hair stylist and make up artist by doing a better job at making someone over. I did not at the time realise that anything would actually come of it, all I knew was that I was not stimulated in my then environment. I was studying for the city and guilds in hairdressing at the time and was one month into the course. I learn very quickly and I felt the pace was not fast enough to hold my interest. There was also a lot of paper work that I felt took me away from the creative. Once I had contacted the magazine, I got an e-mail back from their editor Eileen Bennett wanting to meet me and discuss the proposal further. I must add here that it did not matter to me whether I could actually beat their stylists, I had not thought that far ahead, I just knew that I had to annoy them into a response and really wanted the challenge. I find challenges fun. This meeting transpired into a competition, between me ( a novice ) and a style director from Toni and Guy, a leading fashion stylist and make up artist, all of who were award winning in their fields. The models were two sisters. I had one and they had the other. The results were calculated by a text in and vote. I won, but for me it was not really about the winning, it was about the experience. Through this experience, I learned how to work with a photographer, meet deadlines and take myself a little more seriously. This then led to other opportunities, but I will always be grateful to Eileen Bennett for believing in me, as it made me believe in myself. She also knew when to ask for what she wanted and when to walk away and it taught me that not everything is worth fighting for, pick your battles carefully and look to the end result.
Do you need to love what you do, or does professionalism suffice?
I need to have passion for what I do, otherwise I get bored and it is painfully visible in my face despite having trained in the Gaiety School of Acting! I am also a perfectionist and like to do things to the best of my ability, so the professionalism is important but the creativity and a love of what you do is paramount.
What types of coaching do you do? Who are your clients?
ADHD coaching, Self Esteem, relationship skills, image coaching, career transition, motivation, sales, confidence etc. My clients are people who strive for the best in themselves and in their lives, people who are a little confused and are seeking a new direction, people who would like to strengthen their relationships, people who would like to improve their image and have no idea where to begin. Sometimes a will have a client come in and speak to me about wanting to focus more on their career when in reality it is a smoke screen for frustration in their current relationships!
Can you provide a link to a site where we can get to know more about you, the type of work you do and/or the place where you do it?
Yes, my website address is www.smartexecutivesolutions.org
How did you get into coaching?
I got into coaching in a very progressive manner. It was something that probably began with my own personal development and an innate desire to question human behaviour, understand it and then relay what I had learned to others. I was never content to say of others ' that's just them,' I had to seek a greater understanding. This led to me devouring biographies from Catherine Cookson, to Richard Branson and to be honest I was coaching people before I knew the terminology of what I was doing, so in essence you could say it was something that I was doing long before I became qualified.
Do you have innate qualities, or is it something that you learned?
It has been said that I can tune into others wavelengths very easily and I feel that this is true. When I meet someone for the first time, I can intuitively sense where their strengths and weaknesses lie but more importantly I do not judge others. I treat everyone with respect regardless of the choices that they have made and do not try and implement the same regime of coaching for everyone. I tailor the coaching sessions very much to the individuals style of communication and in a manner that is comfortable to them. I give each of my clients my full attention, as their wellfare is deeply important to me. I also aide them in their goals outside of the appointments, whether it is through a phonecall or an e-mail, encouragement is very important to each individual's success.
When the coach is confused or lost, where does he/she find a guide?
In my opinion it is not the coach's place to be confused or needy in a session with a client. Emotions should be left outside the door as a Life Coach is there to be a guide to the client and if you are feeling overwhelmed then it is counter productive for your client. As a Life Coach you very much need to be centered in yourself. If a problem arrises with a client that is unusual then other professionals may need to be contacted but always with the inclusion of the clients permission.
What must the person you are helping contribute?
They must be ready to make the neccessary changes and put in more effort than the Life Coach as if they are not wanting to help themselves then you are just a glorified cheer leader.
What motivates someone to work more efficiently?
Having a passion for something, a need, a desire and someone who believes in them. When positive results happen then they begin to believe in themselves.
Can positive thinking can be developed into a habit?
Yes, I run personal development courses in this area. When someone is negative, they expect the worst, which becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. It can be difficult to break this habit but it is a learned behaviour, which means it can be unlearned and replaced by a pattern of positivity.
How does one learn to listen?
By remembering this phrase- One mouth, but two ears! Active listening means that you are genuinely interested in the other person and you can step outside of yourself and give the other person your respect and attention.
What is usually the main obstacle your clients face?
Their own fear.
How do you know if a challenge is the right one for a person?
They are very nervous and visibly frightened.
Smart Executive Solutions
32, Morisson Chambers, Nassau Street, Dublin 2