Anna Cofone is on the show today, and she’s about to lay down the realities on what it takes to become a session stylist. If you’re considering entering into this high-octane, fast moving and competitive side of the industry, I know that this episode with Anna will be one of the best listens you’ll have to working as a session stylist, EVER!

Anna is at the top of the game right now when it comes to being a leading session stylist, but this didn’t just happen overnight for her. It has been her hard working ethic installed by her inspirational father of giving blood, sweat and tears to your cause that has enabled her to get to where she is today.

Starting her hairdressing career over 10 years ago with salon group Harringtons after developing a passion for hair whilst studying performing arts, it wasn’t until she was given several international fashion projects to work on after winning the L’Oreal 2001 Talent Spotting competition that shaped Anna’s decision to pursue a career as a session stylist.

Now a top international session stylist, she spends her time travelling the globe shooting for all the leading fashion publications, working on high-profile runway shows, as well as frequently collaborating with singers Lana Del Ray and Dua Lipa.

This episode is jam-packed full with insight after insight into what it really takes to become a session stylist. And be sure you stick around to the end of my chat with Anna. She’s going to be offering someone the amazing opportunity to assisting her in this hard working world of fashion, runway shows, collaborations and more!

Buzzing for it? I am, so lets get to it!

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Special thanks to Anna Cofone for joining me today. Until next time!

Today’s Guest

Anna Cofone is a London-based session hairstylist, L’Oreal 2001 Talent Spotting winner and voted as one of  Vogue ‘Ones To Watch’. After receiving a degree in performing arts, Anna took her understanding of range and stage presence and applied it to hairstyling – perfecting wigs, dramatic nm looks, textured graphic looks, and natural looks.

Anna frequently collaborates with singers Lana del Rey and Dua Lipa. Her work has been featured in publications such as V Magazine, Dazed, Interview Germany, Vogue Japan, Vogue Australia, and Numero Tokyo. She has also worked with notable photographers Steven Klein, Charlotte Wales, and Sean and Seng. Anna has keyed high-profile runway shows for Paris and London Fashion Week, including Emilio de la Morena and Each Other.

Currently based in London, Anna travels between Paris, Milan, New York and LA.

Show notes:

Here’s just some of the things we discuss in today’s episode

  • 00 min 29 sec: Dom’s intro
  • 05 min 32 sec: What Anna’s present job role is
  • 06 min 42 sec: A reflective moment for Anna on what she’s doing right now
  • 08 min 29 sec: Where it all started for Anna before session world
  • 14 min 14 sec: How salon life was for Anna
  • 17 min 19 sec: How entering the Loreal Talent Spotting competition was a turning point towards session styling
  • 19 min 07 sec: How a new generation of assistance need to learn and understand the correct displines and work needed
  • 24 min 52 sec: The impact on what social media has had on a new generation of hairstylists
  • 25 min 58 sec: Being an assistants working alongside leading session stylist
  • 28 min 20 sec: Making the big decision to move to London become an assistant to sessions stylists
  • 30 min 55 sec: How to reach out to assist leading session stylists
  • 34 min 34 sec: The fashion community
  • 35 min 41 sec: Do you need an agency to represent you
  • 37 min 19 sec: How to get taken on by an agency
  • 38 min 44 sec: Where you really need to be based to be a genuine session stylist
  • 39 min 54 sec: Taking your inspiration from the street and music
  • 42 min 50 sec: Why you must be trained in all areas of hairdressing to succeed successfully as a session stylist
  • 45 min 18 sec: Working with music artists Dua Lipa and Lana Del Ray
  • 54 min 11 sec: How to become an assistant for Anna or other session stylists
  • 58 min 05 sec: What you need to have to become Anna’s assistant
  • 59 min 53 sec: Dom’s 5 Quick Fire Questions
  • 01 hr 02 min 56 sec: Dom’s Outro