We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Stolch and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, what do you attribute your success to?
Consistency and routine have been the major driving forces in my professional success. I’ve always been a very focused person, so to be honest, I think they are characteristics I developed at an early age. When I set out to accomplish goals in my career, I always start by getting clear on what the outcomes look like and identifying the steps required to get there. I put systems in place, like benchmarking, concrete timelines, accountability check-ins, and daily targets, which all ensure there’s very little wiggle room to fall off course. Consistency and routine have become so ingrained in my professional life that they’re now almost formulaic. I structure what my day will look like the night before, so that I’m able to jump right into productivity off the top. Whether it’s developing marketing strategies with the brands I work with, or sourcing items for a new client’s wardrobe, there is always a framework in place. When I notice myself struggling to generate results, I know that there’s something wrong with the structure I’m working under. I think it’s important to pay attention to when your mind is resists a challenge or tells you you can’t do something – for me it just means that I need to look at my process from another angle. How can I do this differently so that I’m able to achieve the outcome that I desire? Being honest with myself and always staying on track, without excuses, is what has allowed me to be successful in my career.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I moved to LA from Canada to pursue a career in fashion and entertainment. To get my foot in the door, I started with internships and assisting positions, which most certainly weren’t easy but are a prerequisite for this industry. I worked all hours of the day, doing things that were so far from glamorous – completely opposite to what you imagine when you think of the world of fashion. At the time I never thought I’d make it through some of those experiences, but looking back I’m beyond grateful for the strength and dedication it would provide me with later in my career. I was very fortunate to be offered a fantastic position with a styling firm and joined a team of like-minded women who had also set out to turn their passions into lucrative careers. Breaking into the entertainment and fashion industry is no small feat, and the work that has gone into developing my skills as a Stylist since arriving in this country is ongoing. I’ve had so many opportunities in these last nine years to work with brands and celebrities I never would have dreamt possible earlier, and I often step back and look at my life with immense gratitude as I realize I’ve been able to turn my love of style into something that has completely changed my life. What I’ve learned along the way is that extreme focus and commitment to your craft are required in order to really succeed. Unlike a typical 9 to 5 path, being in an industry like this means that you are working all the time. Nobody waits for you if you need a break – the world keeps on moving without you. I’ve been able to reach the levels I wanted to reach by always surpassing expectations, always showing up for my clients in ways they’ve never imagined, and being completely committed to doing whatever it would take to get there. But the beautiful lesson I’ve learned is that when you truly love what you do and are able to bring real value to the people you work with, it’s no longer a career or a job, it’s an extension of your life – it’s your calling.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Many of my favorite places in LA are in downtown, especially in terms of restaurants and patios. I’d take them to Faith and Flower, Ace Hotel or Perch to eat – all have a really great vibe and are must-visit DTLA spots. I’d also take them on a walk to see the iconic library, Grand Central Market, and the Disney concert hall. Downtown LA is such a great spot for walking, with so many things to see in a very short distance. For a week long trip I’d also bring them to the Getty, my favorite museum in LA, and have a picnic on the grass area. And driving down the PCH to Orange County is a must for a longer vacation like that. Newport and Huntington Beach are so peaceful and provide a beautiful juxtaposition to LA – everyone visiting Southern California should experience that contrast.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Credit is absolutely due, and I couldn’t agree more that we very rarely get to where we are without the help of others! I owe so much of the success I’ve achieved and the strength I have as business leader to my very first mentor – her name is Amber Riedel. When I lived in Canada, I worked for her over a ten year period and got to learn firsthand what successful entrepreneurship and female leadership looks like. She taught me to truly think outside the box, how to adapt your service offering to meet the needs of a changing industry, what it meant to take a leap of faith when everyone else was going in a different direction, and how to foresee the needs of your clients before they even know they have them. Most of all she taught me what exceptional service and human kindness looks like – how to treat the people you work with and the people you serve so that you can make a difference in their lives while also attaining professional success. I am so grateful for the impact she has had on my life as I’m certain I wouldn’t be where I am today without the time and learning I took away from our relationship. When I am back in Canada, she is always one of the first people I contact. Her business advice and shapes the path of my career more than anyone else’s.
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