“Climbing Any Type Of Ladder Is Exhausting When It’s Your Own And You’re Not Sure What The Final Goal Is” With Ali Levine

“Climbing any type of ladder is exhausting especially when it’s your own and you’re not sure what the final goal is. You could have many goals and many places you’re going within your career and have to decipher that for yourself.”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Ali Levine, Celebrity Stylist & fashion expert, TV personality of Bravo’s Stripped, celebrity page TV correspondent & social Influencer & fashion & life style blogger soon to be Mom

Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

My backstory is, I am originally from NY. I moved to LA about 8 years ago to follow and pursue my dreams as a celebrity stylist.

In doing so, after years of continuous hard work and amazing relationships, connections and my team in LA, my career went from behind the camera to in front. Being asked as an expert to provide fashion tips for awards season, every day trends and everything in between. From their things took off and it’s led me down the multiple paths and career I have now and work so hard for to keep growing in and excelling. I have worked with some of the biggest names in the bizz and I’m so thankful!

Can you share the funniest of most interesting story that happened to you in the course of your career?

Oh wow I feel like there’s always funny moments in the chaos. Even if it doesn’t seem funny right away. One would be probably be my trunk flying open on the road when I was leaving a fitting. In the moment not so funny at all, and costly to say the least! But looking back now who’s trunk gets hit and flys open and all the jewelry somehow makes its way onto Hollywood Blvd!! Jewels for all!! Jeez!

That was a scary moment at the time but I guess now I kind of laugh about the time my trunk flew open.

Another would be when I was on the red carpet and totally almost fell walking a full line and caught myself on another actor / artist friend thank god lol! And they helped me with my balance and getting myself up so I didn’t go down lol. The photographers totally saw but I smiled and just kept it moving! Something you have to really learn to do in this bizz!

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I have used my success to bring goodness in the world, by empowering others to feel inspired by my hard work and dedication along with confidence that I always pass to my clients I style. I have been told countless times how much I have changed their personal path or even their success in a career or relationship or even something within themselves. Clothing can be more empowering than many people think & I love being able to give people that confidence to build them up in what they wear and feel. As I always say “confidence is your best accessory”

If someone would want to emulate your career, what would you suggest are the most important things to do?

Work hard, empower others, inspire others, never stop learning, always perfect your craft, never take for granted what’s happening especially in the entertainment industry, things can change by the minute. Stay humble and be kind to others. Be passionate.

Is there a particular person that made a profound difference in your life to whom you are grateful? Can you share a story?

My grandmother, Dodo as I call her, ( pet name) who sadly is no longer here physically but will always be my inspiration & my guiding light. There are so many stories I could share, but basically she always told me to go for my dreams. Nothing was ever too much & to always be inspired especially in my craft of fashion and continuously grow within my own right.

My grandma taught me how to sew and paint and sketch when I was younger. She read me and bought me fashion books and taught me about the most amazing designers and their stories. She also told me to go to LA and make things happen and not worry and just be.

My grandma was always about living life and to the fullest. I have carried that with me through out my life and will continue too and pass on to my daughter.

So what are the most exciting projects you are working on now?

The most exciting projects I am working on right now are, Celebrity Page TV absolutely love this team & family of people and what they create and so happy to be a correspondent for them and get to bring fun trends to their show! Of course, coming off of Bravo’s Stripped earlier this year that was a fun and crazy project to be a part of.

My jewelry line I have created with Sterling Forever called hearts on Fire, inspired after my daughter.

I have other fun collaborations in the works with my brand, so stay tuned!

And of course embarking on the journey of being a mom any day now, I’m so excited!!

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. (Please share a story or example for each.)

  1. Wow only 5 things? I would say starting your own business though it is extremely rewarding and you learn something new every minute, it can be exhausting, overwhelming & way more than you signed up for. No one else runs your business, it is yours so you do. For example if you’re having an off day and don’t feel like posting a blog or an Instagram post or sending out a pitch for something you’re working on, then it just won’t get done. Nobody is here to hold your hand, it is for you to figure out and push through the challenges every day.
  2. No one is going to tell you that you’re doing a good job like in school, you must weigh your own success.
  3. Climbing any type of ladder is exhausting especially when it’s your own and you’re not sure what the final goal is. You could have many goals and many places you’re going within your career and have to decipher that for yourself.
  4. Not every person has your best interest at heart. Sad to say I have met many people like this in my industry & have had to learn the hard way of who to trust and who not too.
  5. Sometimes by going through a bad experience other times by someone taking an idea from you or a client of yours. I’ve had to learn how to rise above this and keep a positive attitude and stick with good people, because there are many of those too.
  6. The glitz and glam of what you see and what actually happens at least on my side of things is very minimal. You watch all these shows, see things on social media, but it’s not really like that. There’s a tiny part of that.The blood sweat and tears is the real deal and you learn to go through it.

Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. :-)

Oh wow there’s so many amazing and inspiring individuals I would be honored to have lunch with. I am obsessed with fashion, so possibly Anna Wintour, Christian Louboutin, oh there’s many!!

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