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

Hi Christina, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Since COVID-19 hit, my work life balance has completely changed. I have always been super dedicated to my job and my job was a huge part of my identity. When quarantine hit and jobs were minimal or non-existent, I found myself lost and unhappy. What I have now learned is that this time has really forced me to understand the importance of self care and work life balance. Our jobs aren’t the only important thing about us or the way we should measure our success. When I think about balance, I believe that it is essential for mental and physical health. Not only is it important to take time away from work, but it is important to put your energy into other outlets outside of your field. Taking time to indulge in other projects, new hobbies, meditation, and spirituality has allowed me to connect back to my true self, which has been rewarding for both me and my career. I believe creating balance allows us to expand creatively, spiritually, and physically with ourselves and others. Balance has now become a part of my creative process, as I have looked into subjects outside of my field for inspiration and tools to achieve further.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a wardrobe stylist in Los Angeles, who helps to dress talent for events, red carpet, music videos, film, advertisement, and more. My career started when I moved to LA on a whim about 3 years ago. A celebrity stylist I admired was doing a speaking engagement the first week I arrived. I attended and went up to her afterwards to learn more about her journey. As we got to talking, she mentioned she was looking for interns, so I got her assistant’s info and we connected the next day. The next week I became one of her interns! After about 8 months and working another job on the side, her assistants started to recommend me for other assistant gigs and my freelance career took off from there. Today, I continue to assistant stylists in editorial, events, performances, and more, as well as take on my own clients as lead stylist. What sets me apart is that I utilize mostly vintage pieces to combine masculinity and femininity. I use intuition and spirituality to understand people’s energies to see how a certain look will make them feel. It hasn’t always been easy but I want people to know that anything is possible if you continue to push yourself and take risks. Connecting with other people in my field who have been on similar journeys has made my struggles easier as well. I had no prior fashion experience when moving to LA, but I knew I wanted to be in this industry and I made that happen. This industry is all about connections and is the sole reason for why I have continued to stay in this industry. You have to hustle. You never know who you are going to meet or who can be that next connection to your dream. Be fearless, be strong, be smart, be motivated, put yourself out there, and never give up.

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 the day by grabbing a smoothie at Earth Bar after a hike at Fryman Canyon Park. It’s an easy hike and feels like a secret local spot with amazing views of the valley. After that, I’d take them vintage shopping in Silverlake or Melrose Trading Post, if it was Sunday! For food, we would NEED Monty’s Good Burger, the best vegan burger ever, or some ramen in Little Tokyo. At night, definitely hit up the bar at Sunset Tower for drinks, and then drive Mulholland to see the iconic Hollywood Hills after dark. If it was a weekend, I’d take the train to Santa Barbara for a session at Salt Cave Santa Barbara and then of course, wine tour around the Funk Zone – its one of my favorite places to be!

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?
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?

There are so many people to thank who have helped me and inspired me along the way. My family and best friends for believing in me and supporting me. My assistant friends who have welcomed me, taught me, and connected me to this industry. Stylists who took a chance on me and mentored me throughout the process. My clients who believe in me and trust my instincts. My spiritual life coach for helping lead me back to myself, and step into the gifts and power I didn’t know I had.

Website: christinamcorso.com

Instagram: instagram.com/christina_corso

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/christinamcorso

Image Credits
Photo 1 by Kayla James Photo 2 by Hunter Gulan Photo 3 by Volt Creative Co

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