We had the good fortune of connecting with Kat Gosik and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kat, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
As a wardrobe stylist, starting your own business is necessary to have full creative control. Although, it is quite a challenge since most people in this field are creative types and running your own business you have to learn the backends of business. For me, the business side has been the most challenging; invoicing, accounting, taxes, paying out assistants, etc. I think it is important to hire people in roles that you lack knowledge and expertise. As an entrepreneur, you are constantly learning. Having that awareness, that it is okay to not know it all right now, is important.
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 think a lot of my success has been attributed to the ability to find my clients own brand and story and tell that thru their fashion choices. I see a lot of stylists who dress a lot of their clients the same, I think the stylists who stand out are the ones who are able to hone in on individual style. I love the open relationships I have with clients and being able to bounce ideas off of each other and brainstorm looks. That is something that is very important to me – open communication.
From an outsider perspective, it may look like styling is easy, glamorous and happened overnight, but this has been years in the making. Even before I was a “stylist” I was asking my friends to let me help them dress for events and photoshoots and doing it all unpaid. I was trying to be a stylist before I had any idea how to be a stylist – this is why interning and assisting is extremely important in this industry. I worked 4 years in the music industry in music management – these roles taught me a lot about business, organization and leadership.
In my role now, I dont think anyone understands the hardships and challenges faced on a weekly basis with being a stylist – with last minute requests to delayed packages, and just finding the correct balance to make it all happen while remaining sane and in good mental health. I have had many sleepless nights worrying about looks or a client texting me at 9pm on a Wednesday night saying they need something by 11am on Thursday – this is normal when you are working with high profile individuals whose already packed schedules are constantly changing. Something I’ve tried to stick with is taking an hour of time to myself everyday, even if it is just to workout or take a yoga class. I think mental health is extremely important – and if you don’t take care of yours, no one else will for you.
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?
When I have friends visiting, I think a day in Malibu is always nice – driving up the PCH alone is such an incredible feeling. I love the history in Malibu and it really is just breathtaking. I would take them to Nobu and then spend some time on the beaches over there. I also love hiking so I would take them to my favorite hikes. So many restaurants in LA are sooo good – Craigs, Son of a Gun, Jon and Vinnys, Bacari, and Bestia to name a few.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So many people have helped me – an old boss of mine really taught me how to be thorough in business and run a tight ship. My clients who have all given me a chance to build with them. My parents for supporting my move to Los Angeles 7 years ago. My agent, Alexandra, who believed in me from the beginning. And my friends who are a constant support system for me when I feel like my head is going to explode from stress.