We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Hirt and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
It is hard for me to say that risk always equals reward, because sometimes that is not the case. The risks I took were following my gut multiple times to leave full time roles and pursue a creative career as a freelancer. These instances were not easy, because it meant giving up full time stability and a consistent paycheck. When I found myself in these previous roles, I was miserable and knew I had to take a risk to make a change and further my career as a freelance stylist. I still struggle with the freelance vs. full time component, but know that I would not have grown in my career without the risk I took. I also think the risk to reward is a long journey that takes time to build and get over many bumps to success.

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’m a wardrobe stylist for commercial and lifestyle photography and video. I love telling stories through clothing and bringing characters to life. I’m proud that I’ve been able to work on so many different kinds of projects with other creatives from all over. My journey from styling in-house to freelance started when I was a full time marketing employee and took the leap into the more creative side of things. It wasn’t an easy transition, but it did bring me to LA and led me to work with so many inspiring humans in this city.

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?
I would start out the day with coffee at Maru in Los Feliz followed by a hike at Griffith or Elysian Park to soak in the sunshine and views. I love walking around the neighborhoods of Los Feliz and Silverlake, so would likely take my visitor to brunch or lunch at Fred 62 or Cafe Figaro for a classic Hollywood experience, or to Black Cat in Silverlake for outdoor seating and people watching. We’d explore some of my favorite gems for shopping, like the Left Bank in Frogtown or the Los Feliz Flea. I love visiting the flea markets all around the city, and if it’s the right day, a trip to the Rose Bowl Flea would be necessary. We could check out some of the cafes and breweries in the Arts District for an afternoon. For drinks/dinner, I would definitely hit up the classic Little Dom’s, or a trendy a rooftop spot, like Mama Shelter or LA Cha Cha Cha. Leo Carillo State Beach in Malibu is a must for a laid back beach day with beautiful views, followed by bites from one of the PCH spots.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my favorite community yoga studio, locally owned Yoga Vibe LA. I have made lasting friendships through this studio and it has helped keep me grounded. I would also like to shoutout Vasil Tsarev, who took a chance on me as a marketing team member and welcomed me with open arms onto the creative styling team at an e-commerce company that we worked at together.

Website: amyelizabethhirt.com

Instagram: @amyhirtstylist & @hirtsogood

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amyehirt/

Image Credits
Blue Wesley (Polarized Studios), Aspen Spencer Photography, Cheers Babe Photo

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