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Rising Stars: Meet Tamara Semeniuta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tamara Semeniuta.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I moved to Miami from Saint-Petersburg, Russia in 2016 and back than was working at the regular office job, 9 to 5 kind of thing. I was doing accounting for a law firm, very serious job at a very serious place. But my heart was seeking a way for a creative expression, so a lot of my free time I was spending preparing digital fashion collages. You know, the ones we often see in a fashion magazine – various tops, skirts and dresses on a white background. The only thing, I was doing them only for my eyes, rarely showing to some close friends.

One day I was taking an elevator to go to the office and a guy standing next to me said he likes my outfit. I replied I really appreciate the comment, since I love fashion very much. And admired his stylish outfit back. Apparently, that young gentleman was a fashion designer and a photographer! We kept talking for a bit, I shared my passion for styling and felt comfortable enough to show my fashion collages. He was pleasantly surprised and said I definitely “have an eye” for styling. We exchanged contacts and soon enough I was assisting in styling my first photoshoot. Honestly, I was more of a person who was steaming clothes than picking one, but for me it was a great experience to be involved in a fashion project, as I finally found a place where I belong.

After that I felt more confident about my passion, I realized it can be my job, not just a somewhat secret hobby. I started posting my collages on Instagram and one day Miami local magazine “Miami Me” reached me out asking to write a fashion article and to prepare a collage similar to ones I was doing all this time. When I saw my work published, I was the happiest girl on Earth! Since then, I have been styling different projects: commercials, music videos, magazine covers and so on. And at the same time, I feel like my journey has just started! There is so much more to do and to learn. Being a creative professional you constantly change, evolve, collaborate with other artists learning from their vision – it’s a life long journey!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
One of the biggest challenges I had and still dealing with – networking. As for a fashion stylist, knowing people and being known is a key, because most of jobs come through a referral, and being an immigrant, who moved just few years ago, doesn’t help at all. Another complicated thing I was going through, is having a full-time job and trying to build another career at the same time, but that is something most of self-starters deal with.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a fashion stylist, my job mainly is to prepare outfits – clothes, shoes, accessories for photoshoots, commercials, music videos etc. I pick items from different brands and mix them to give a look that represents the idea of a photo shoot or a video and fits the model/artist in the best way. People often tell me they love my vision, calling my styling “elegant, clean, chic, sexy” which I am very grateful for, but the thing I am the proudest of, is when my clients and colleagues (photographers, make up artists etc.) compliment my professional ethics – being very responsible, helpful, positive. To me it is so important, because the way people like your styling is a matter of personal taste, something that is not in your full control, even works of world’s biggest artists are not loved by everyone, but your attitude is completely up to you. Being polite, being on time, being kind and professional is something I am always being focused on.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
When I was a kid a was a curious, funny kinda nerd. I always had a huge interest in history, art, literature. I loved to offer different scenarios of games for my friends, one of my favorite was playing Greek gods since ancient Greek myths were even more fascinating than regular fairytales. So I would dress everyone in bedsheets pretending we are Zeus, Hera and Ares. I definitely had interest towards styling since a young age, dressing my sisters and girlfriends, and I always loved magazines, even at the age of seven, I would spend hours with Elle or Harper’s Bazaar.

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