We had the good fortune of connecting with Ali Levine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ali, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think that if you never take a risk, you’ll never know what could be. If I had never taken a risk to go to California ten years ago, I wouldn’t have gotten the many opportunities I had in costume design and styling, or have the opportunities I have now as a tv personality & influencer. Sometimes taking that one step can lead you to the rest of that staircase. It’s unknown and it can be scary for sure but it’s also very exciting. I continue to remind myself to take risks and be bold. You’ll never know the outcome, unless you go for it, that goes for anything in life
What should our readers know about your business?
where to start?! My business has grown and changed so much over the last 10 plus years. It has not been easy. It has taken a ton of hard work, dedication, not giving up, passion and drive. I continuously have challenges and remind myself to keep moving forward and be passionate and love what I do, which I do and I’m grateful for that. When I get frustrated, I remind myself all successful businesses and people have failed and more than once before they were truly successful. Failure isn’t the end, it’s actually just the beginning . I feel I’ve learned a lot from my set backs and challenges. I remind myself to learn and move forward. I remind myself there’s only one me and to have confidence from that, because only I can do what I can do and no one else. I started out wanting to work in costume design and working hard in hollywood when I moved out in 2010 to then realize my passion was in styling and the ever changing trends and fast paced lifestyle of dressing. I then moved on to styling and ended up starting Ali Levine Design after getting many celebs and experiences under my belt. Before I knew it, I was getting best dressed for my clients and major publications of my styling work. I was in love with styling and giving my clients the confidence they needed to rock their looks. I always say “confidence is your best accessory”. After being coined an expert in my field, I started doing national & local TV segments on ways to style, red carpet looks, fashion trends and so much more! Before I knew it I went from behind the scenes to in front of the camera. After that I ended up on Bravo on a hit show called Stripped, shortly after that I was pregnant and my motherhood journey began. I went from being glam on camera all the time to real raw motherhood and it humbled me hard. I started sharing my journey on social media and fell into the motherhood community and became known as a well known mommy influencer. Since becoming a mama, and now a new mama again of two ( had my second baby girl a few weeks ago), I’ve learned that as long as I’m passionate and work hard I can continue to shift my career and where it’s going and allow my journey to keep unfolding. The more I trust in myself and follow my passion and that drive, the more I succeed. The more I share and help others as well, the more I’m fulfilled. That’s what has now led me to this heavily open honest vulnerable space on my social media platforms of sharing my life as well as my note worthy podcast Striptd Down with Ali Levine.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, of course being the fashionista that I am, I would take her to some of my favorite boutique shops, like Timeless, Decades, and others on Melrose & then we would hit Toast! Such a staple. After that after we walked around so much we’d work up an appetite and eat lunch at Bossa Nova yum! And get a cocktail there. Then we’d walk around some more and just people watch! That evening it would either be Sur or Pump just for an app and ambience! It’s like a must see! Next day a hike on Runyon another classic and must for a first time visitor. Maybe after that million dollar milk shakes, so simple yet so yummy! Then prob villa Blanca another staple for a pretty and yummy lunch. And then walk around just to see the sights of Beverly Hills, go to Barney’s to browse, window shop and look around. Later in the week, check out Santa Monica, walk around the beach and pier, hit the promenade for the shops, eat some yummy bites at one of the sushi restaurants! They are all good! Bungalow for a drink after and some relaxing and great ambience. Then do a Valley weekend, Ventura Blvd crave or blu jam for breakfast, delicious! Walk along the Blvd see some sights. Then go over to the overlook and see the beautiful sights that way. Head out to Malibu, Hit some wineries along the way ( my favorite) and enjoy the calmness of Malibu beaches and just hang. If the line isn’t too long, go get a cocktail at paradise cove and sit outside on the beach. Oh now, I want to go do all of this and then some!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have so many shout outs to give for my growth and support in my career! Wow, where to start. Well, first I’ll start with my family. My Dad, Eric, he has always taught me to believe in myself, follow my dreams and push and push. He’s an entrepreneur himself and a wise business man and he always encouraged me ( to this day) and inspires me. My grandmother ( who’s passed) she always inspired my creative side and fed my passion for fashion. My grandfather ( who’s also passed) who got our family started in the industry and always encouraged me to go big or go home and strive for what I wanted in the entertainment industry especially movies & tv. The rest of my family, my uncles who helped me get started in the business. After that, would be my costume mentor Shaunique Hill, from Wallstreet Money Never Sleeps, who taught me so much in costume and bizz & who still mentors me to this day and has become like family to me. Ellen Mirojnick costume designer who really took me under her wing and let me learn the costume industry, baptism by fire so to say, and the great Oliver Stone as well! Lastly, the costume crew that brought me to LA to follow my dreams and really get started on my next journey, Scott O’Leary, Amanda Riley & Leah Katchnelzon. There are so many others I can thank because so many had parts in my growth and climbing up the success ladder, but these people really stuck their neck out for me, let me learn and mentored me along the way! Hard work is everything but great mentor ship, encouragement and support is a huge part of the picture & my story too!
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