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

Hi Mariah, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think taking risks are key – not only within your career but in your personal life! It is important to step outside of your comfort zone and get out of your box to try new things. Career wise I would say it would be me risking purchasing or renting a very expensive item or clothing article in hopes that it will be used for the shoot. Another example would be me taking on gigs / projects that I feel would be beneficial for me and my business by taking a few hours / a day off work. While risks are necessary you also have to have balance. I used to be so strict on myself on what I should and shouldn’t do but the older I get the more I realize, you literally never know what’s going to happen until it happens. So with this, you can either loathe in how you should’ve, could’ve, would’ve done this or said that instead of just doing it! If you take a risk and it ends up being what you anticipated that’s great! If it goes exactly how you don’t want that’s okay too!

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 most excited to see all of my creative ideas come to life and sharing them with the world! Using the connections I have accumulated from my past fashion internships / jobs, I started test shoots to test out my styling skills. Each shoot after the next was a lesson after another. It was a little difficult at first just because I never went to school for styling per say and I never want to feel like (or make others feel like) I don’t know what I’m doing. But the more research I did, and shadowing, and shoots I curated, the easier and more enjoyable it became for me. I learned that overall you have to be persistent but patient with yourself. And also never let a failure or mistake stop you from going on. Just because you mess up does not mean you are the worst at what you do and should stop. Learn from your mistakes and kill it next 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.
Pre-covid I would say the very first thing would be to go to Six Flags or Knott’s Berry Farm. Food wise I’d say Simply Wholesome. That same night I’d say a karaoke bar, poetry slam, or strip club (depends on the friend)! The next day to top it off would be a day at the beach of course at one of my favorites, Corona Del Mar.

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?
I would like to recognize my mentor Nadia McQueenz for allowing me to shadow her in the beginning of my professional styling journey. She gave me lots of insight on the business, industry, and she also linked me in with my first editorial! I really appreciate all of the other opportunities she has presented me with and I can’t wait for her to see me at my fullest potential. Thank you so much Nadia!

I would also like to thank all of my creative peers for always giving me creative energy to feed off of every time we work together – pushing me to be better and teaching me new things. I look forward to seeing you all at the top!

Website: https://mariahjackson877.wixsite.com/mjportfolio

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kaijfashion/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariah-jackson-a0132499/

Image Credits

  • Cover photo of me by Baheem Devaughn
  • Lihem Russom & Mariah Jackson by Rodney McCullum
  • Clay Chow, Kate Starkey by Mady Kanz
  • John, Sincere Williams, and Elijah by Amber
  • Jenalta McCullum by Rodney McCullum
  • Nicole Kurtz & Krysthal Acosta by Jenna Mchele
  • Sophia Welch by Emmanuel Akinnitire
  • Tony Tran by Emmanuel Akinnitire
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