We had the good fortune of connecting with Arielle Antoine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arielle, how do you think about risk?
The willingness to take a risk is essential to success as an entrepreneur. The path is not always laid out clearly when you are in a creative field following your passion. It is the faith that you find in yourself that creates the stamina to keep going even when you can’t see the profit in front of you. I have found this to be true many times along my journey as a Costume Designer. Originally even just believing that there was an option to follow a career path that didn’t look like everyone else was a risk that was worth taking. In fashion, risk can come in many forms. Trusting your vision as a creative allows you to bring about change in peoples perspective of what is beautiful and what is interesting. But first you must trust in yourself, be willing to risk judgement and distaste, and know that you have a story to tell with your vision.
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 am a Costume Designer and wardrobe Stylist for commercials, TV, and Film. I love what I do, which is good since I’ve been doing it for about 18 years now! I started as a styling assistant quite young, mainly working with musicians like Gwen Stefani, JLo, Mary J. Blige, and others. With a lot of hard work, the faith of others, and a firm belief in myself, I started building my own portfolio and client list. I have found that there are 2 competing things that I like best about what I do… -I love making people feel good and confident in their own skin and finding the best looks to support them in this. -I adore character design and period piece work. This is where I get to really express myself creatively, and bring a vision – either historical or fantastical – to life. In answer to your question, it certainly hasn’t always been easy. The trials that can come to stop you at times are too many to count. Talent alone is not enough to run a successful business. I would say my perseverance, drive to succeed, and true love and attachment to what I do, are what have pulled me through each time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is a hard time to call out all my favorite things about Los Angeles! It feels as though I am reminiscing, and I look forward to the chance to explore the city again! I was born and raised in Los Angeles; Venice Beach specifically. Whenever someone comes to visit I always love to take them to the boardwalk and canals for a walk about. I find that it is unique in most ways. I still love it there even with all the changes through the years. The Tasting Kitchen on Abbot Kinney is one of my favorite restaurants to visit…between the wine, the food, and the ambiance, you can’t go wrong! Living around the Fairfax District now, I love the swap meet on Sunday’s at Fairfax High and brunch at Hart and Hunter or Sweet Chick afterwards. A day in Malibu is also always a must! The options for hiking and overseeing the shoreline are endless. I like to keep it old school with fried clams and beer at Neptune’s Net. The museums here are amazing. Such an eclectic collection of art throughout the city. Of course they aren’t available to us now, but I can’t wait to return to The Broad and MOCA in DTLA when things open back up. And if it’s a Sunday then Dim Sum in nearby Chinatown is an experience like no other! If it’s the summertime, then concerts and picnics at the Hollywood Bowl or catching a Dodger game really encapsulate the vibe of the city! When the city is open, there are always endless things to do!Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I come from a family of academics… Phd professors, philosophers, political authors, and all round educators. I have always felt supported and encouraged, but perhaps not always understood. At a very young age my dear Aunt (my mother’s sister) not only pushed me towards my own creative goals, but accepted my success as a FACT. I couldn’t be more grateful to her for giving me license to follow my own path.
Linkedin: Arielle Antoine