could retire tomorrow and still will have changed the
world of styling. But she's not done yet.
With more than 10 years of experience in fashion under her ultra trendy belt,
Ferrara's resume reads like a Whos Who of Hollywood. She's worked with A-List
talent, such as Kim Kardashian, Kristin Chenoweth, Kathy Griffin, Paula Abdul,
and Ryan Seacrest, just to name a few. I've had the great privilege of working
with Toni on one occassion and wanted to bring my readers an exclusive
JVP: You have SUCH an impressive resume - from magazine spreads to celeb styling to personal shopping! How do you fit it all in and
do you love one thing more than the other?TF: I don't sleep! LOL. Life is about finding that perfect balance. I schedule my celeb clients and my personal shopping clients pretty much the same. First come, first serve. Although I do have a great staff of assistants to help me on the days I am double and triple booked. As an Editor, I love the ability to really stay up to date on the trends and get caught up with what's hot and what's not. I always find myself submersed in fashion pretty much all day. From the minute I wake up to the minute I go to sleep.
Toni styling Camila Alves
JVP: What's the hardest shoot you've ever been on and why?TF: Hmm that is a tough one. I've had my fair share of good, bad, and the ugly shoots in LA. With Hollywood you never know what you are gonna get. I've had everything happen, from celebs being 4 hrs late to a shoot, to publicists telling me their client was a size 2 and she was actually a size 8. You name it, I've come across it. Lesson to self, ALWAYS BE PREPARED!
JVP: Great words of advice! How did you get your start in the industry and what advice to you have for up and comers who hope to be the next Toni Ferrara?TF: Believe it or not, I get asked this question quite a bit. I was pre-med in college. I know, I know, you are thinking, what?!? I wanted to be a neurologist. I was always fascinated by the brain. But while I was taking pre-med classes, I dabbled in a few art electives. I was always artistic, but never quite knew if it was a good fit for me career-wise. After taking an advanced figure drawing class, I had professor give me some honest and to-this-day advice that I will always live by. He told me "Do what God gave you the gift and talent to do and the money will come to you." My advice in life whether you are interested in a career in fashion is to always be true to yourself. If it doesn't make you happy, find something that does. And learn to be the best at it. It won't happen over night. But with hard work and time, anything is possible. That is the beautiful thing about life, you can really be anything you want to be.
JVP: You said that absolutely perfectly. Finish this sentence. I'm most proud about...... TF: ....what I have accomplished thus far in my career.
JVP: When you style a celebrity client who has a clear sense of her own style,
is this harder or easier for you? TF: Umm this one is tricky. Sometimes yes and sometimes no. If you truly agree with the direction his/her style is going in, then yes. You can continue to enhance their style image. If you feel that their direction is a bit outdated, it can really be a challenge to convince someone to try new things.
JVP: And last but not least, at this moment I can't LIVE without.....TF: My Tom Ford sunglasses. Is there really anything that Tom Ford can't do well?
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Angelina Jolie & Gwen Stefani rocking Tom Ford sunglasses.