Jeanette Moncada Eriksson
I also make city guides at Neighborhood Guide.
WHAT STEPS DID YOU TAKE TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW?
While in Art school in San Francisco for Fashion Merchandising, I took an internship in NYC with a jewelry designer and one day I helped out with their FW photo shoot. That’s when it really clicked. I went back to SF and signed up for some styling classes. At the time, I was also working as a lifestyle model - so the next shoot I was booked on I spoke up to the wardrobe stylist and asked if I can ask her a couple questions about her job, since I was taking a wardrobe styling class at the time. She said “Actually, Are you free next week? I can use an assistant.” I think that single moment – speaking up – helped shape my career. I ended up assisting her for the next two years. She specialized in lifestyle wardrobe styling, but towards the end of the two years, she took on a prop styling job – and that was it for me. I went my separate way and started testing with photographer friends and posting it all over instagram.
FOR OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD, WHAT DO THEY USUALLY LACK?
I think it’s important to be comfortable with high stress & lots of patience. Being on set with a completely new crew can be a hit or huge miss. There are so many different personality types coming together. Also, having patience is key! “Never compare your career journey with anyone else,” Is advice one of my instructors in college said and it always stuck.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
Currently sourcing for a short film collaboration with some good friends as the director and producer, and my husband as the DP! It’s set in a motel room followed by a rooftop – there is so much delicious set dec for the characters.
WHAT'S YOUR STYLE/PERSPECTIVE/TASTE? DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS THIS?
I’m so drawn to contrast: colors, textures, lighting, masculine/feminine. I always try to incorporate it in my projects and find that perfect balance. I love photography by Matthew Christopher – he captures abandoned places so beautifully. It can be hard to incorporate this particular style in projects I am hired on for; sometimes the art direction just doesn’t call for it. But! Finally this short film I am working on will have a lot of it.
WE ARE ALL SLASHIES WITH MULTIPLE SKILLS, WHICH ONE DO YOU WISH YOU COULD DO MORE OFTEN?
Photography. I used to wander all over SF when I used to live there with a camera fully charged. Now that I live in LA – it’s not as walk able or public transit friendly so I’m really missing that at the moment.
WHAT IS FRUSTRATING YOU RIGHT NOW?
I hope to find more time to put into Neighborhood Guide!
IF YOU COULD HIRE SOMEONE FOR $20/HR, WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE THEM DO TO MAKE YOUR DAY EASIER?
Right now, I’d love to hire someone to source more neon sign options for the short film next week, and also help me schedule posts for the NG instagram.
LET'S BRING OUT THE TIME MACHINE. WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE TOLD YOURSELF, WHEN, AND WHY?
I would tell my 17 yr old self - Your instincts are pretty sharp, trust them.
IF YOU COULD TALK TO AN EXPERT TO GAIN MORE INSIGHT ON SOMETHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE ABOUT?
How to master the acai bowl at home. (haha) But really, this year I’m trying to practice more self-compassion: make healthy meals at home more, enjoy exercising classes instead of forcing them, more drives to the beach at sunset.
WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES/PROJECTS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
I’m always looking to style more products & sets - print, web, video, all of it. I am so open to ideas!
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB/CLIENT/COLLABORATION.
I love to collaborate with other open-minded creatives, and positive vibes on set it key for me.
WHAT IS YOUR HOURLY RATE, RETAINER, OR SALARY RANGE?
I always work with a day rate. Typically a project I’m on is at least 3 days – 1 prep day, 1 shoot day, 1 return day, and the rate always includes my styling kit.
HOW SHOULD SOMEONE APPROACH YOU ABOUT WORKING TOGETHER?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – details about the project are always nice, would love to even chat about it over coffee.
HOW DO YOU STAY CREATIVE?
Listening to podcasts, people watching – and a combination of the two is perfection.
This member profile was originally published in February 2018.