We had the good fortune of connecting with Quentin Fears and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Quentin, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success is consistency. Consistency is about believing in yourself and never giving up. Also, trying to find new opportunities to grow and learn. I’ve always been that person to put myself out there and to create work. Even when work wasn’t coming to me initially, I’ve found ways to produce my own.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Initially, I was an Actor. I received a BFA in Acting, but eventually, I fell into fashion and fell in love with it over time. I approach editorial styling like I would for an acting role. I ask myself essential questions like: “what is the story I want to tell,” “who is the person wearing the clothes” and “how do the clothes affect the person”? I see editorial styling as a mini-play or vignette. It’s about selling a fantasy and living a dream. It’s about captivating an audience with no words, a single image. Over the past year and a half, I’ve gotten into Personal Styling, and I approach it similarly, “How do the clothes help you become the person you’ve always wanted to be”? It’s a tool to express yourself and to feel empowered.
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.
One of my favorite spots is “Rainbow Skate Night” at Moonlight Rollerway. Skating makes me free, and I feel like I’m flying on 8 wheels. It’s also so much fun to check out what people are wearing. Recently, I’ve noticed the 90s are back with a vengeance. Everyone was wearing JNCO Jeans, jelly bracelets, and cut-off tops. People, there aren’t afraid to express themselves and really let go.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to Nikki Fowler, the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Glitter Magazine. She was the first person to really believe in my talent as an Editorial Stylist. She allowed me to style each editorial spread for Glitter and Art Director and produce photoshoots. For this, I’ll be forever grateful. To this day, she is still one of my biggest cheerleaders. I adore her!
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