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Entrepreneur Profile: Fallon Seaborn
Fashion designer Fallon Seaborn is a celebrity designer in Los Angeles who says a mentor laid the foundation for her career.
I visited with Fallon recently and she helped me understand running a fashion styling and design business, challenges she's faced, and how she's overcome them.
Fallon's website is listed at the end of this profile.
Fallon's Career Beginnings
Q: What prompted you to become a fashion designer?
A good mentor of mine Dennis Greene and a hi-end boutique called the Broadway opened the way for me to pursue fashion design. I was hired as the youngest employee and mentored at the age of 16. I was styling a plethora of celebrities at a very young age.
Q: You don't have a college degree so how was education helpful and what were the early achievements that made a career possible?
I was in college for fashion marketing and ended up leaving to work for comedians Katt Williams and Leslie Jones. From these two artists I was able to start my own fashion styling business. Education taught me how to market my talent as a stylist.
My earliest achievements that boosted my career was fashion styling both Katt Williams and Leslie Jones on tour. I also worked with [National Hot Rod Association] race car driver Nicole Lyons. Working with these three entertainers taught me a lot about styling for tours. I learned to push the envelope and make an individual look totally different in each photo through clothing choices.
Celebrity Styling in Los Angeles
Q: Describe how you got to Los Angeles and started working with celebrities.
I came to Los Angeles on the flip of a coin. I wondered, 'New York or LA?' The coin landed on LA and I've been living in California since 2007. I was introduced to Katt Williams from the reality TV star Deelishis. I was working for Deelishis as her assistant and fashion stylist at the time. Once she introduced me to Katt Williams I was working for his company the following month.
Q: What's the most rewarding aspect of your work?
The most rewarding aspect of my work is when I get to change people's lives. Image and fashion is so important. I've had men clients of mine say I helped their marriage because I made their wife look at them as being sexy and more appealing. I've had women tell me that they feel like they can conquer the world because they have a new-found confidence.
Running a Fashion Styling Business
Q: What are some of the challenges you have faced and have had to overcome?
The biggest challenge of my career was the lack of start up finances and other artist trying to steal my work. I've overcome my obstacles by having my accountant teach me on how to make lucrative investments and my lawyer has taught me how to protect my work from other artist who try to plagiarize me.
Q: What has brought your family around to be supportive or more understanding of your career path?
My family became supportive when they realized I wasn't giving up.
Q: This next question is important for prospective entrepreneurs to understand: How do you "run" your business – getting supplies, tracking financials – and do you have help in this area?
I run my business with a team. I have a entertainment lawyer, accountant and a publicist. My team really helps me with business decisions on how to market myself, saving money and how to reinvest.
Q: What makes your work unique and the line of clothes you're developing?
My work is unique because I fuse street and couture styles together. My clothing line will be sexy with a twist of art. I think my followers will really appreciate the way I incorporated both worlds.
Q: What are key goals for the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years I will have my women's clothing line, my book of poetry will be out and I will have my own show room in Los Angeles.
Advice for Entrepreneurs
Q: What advice do you have for someone starting a business or someone currently in business who seems to be struggling?
The advice I would give anyone starting a business would be to keep God first, believe in yourself and no matter how hard it gets never stop!
Q: What gives you optimism for the future in your career/industry?
Optimism for my career in the future comes from my belief in God and myself. I know that you have to keep faith and speak your dreams constantly into your existence.
VISIT FALLON SEABORN
Click here to visit fallonseaborn.com