A good assistant is an attribute in any career and it’s no different for a Food Stylist.
My favorite assistants help me stay sane and they also ensure that I have what I need to turn out great work for my clients. There are many qualities that I consider necessary to fill the role of being a top-notch food styling assistant.
Firstly, they keep me organized amidst the chaos. A Food Stylist is part of a creative team, and creative teams can get messy and chaotic, regardless of what they are creating. Throw in the fact that the team I’m part of always works with food and…wow. Chaos is guaranteed. A good assistant is able to almost read my mind and anticipate what I need ahead of time. That plus being organized themselves is a double whammy of what keeps the chaos at bay. They’re organized, they keep me organized and life on the food photo shoot is as calm as it can possibly be.
Another thing that makes a food styling assistant a big asset, is when they truly partner with me. As my sidekick, they are always there, always on call and can quickly jump in to help with whatever I need. From running and retrieving my tools, to finding me odds and ends that I need while I’m busy putting finishing touches on the food, they seamlessly move in and out of the line of duty to do whatever needs to be done. They are also always there to clean up the mess I make!
The most important trait of a good assistant, is of course, that they love their job. When they do, that always shows in their enthusiasm and hard work. Food styling can be stressful and often requires shopping and work errands after already putting in a twelve hour day. My best assistants manage to maintain a cheerful attitude and never complain about work that needs to be done after the work is done.
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