Although anyone with a strong desire and commitment to help change people’s lives can become an image consultant with the right education, training, and mentoring, Fashion and beauty professionals have an edge in moving towards fulfilling their personal, professional, and financial goals in the career of image consulting. The reasons for the same are as follows
People engaged or having past experience in these professions have a definite edge in making a successful career in image consulting. Grooming and clothes are very important elements of projecting a positive image. People engaged in the professions of fashion or beauty, have a basic idea about these elements and as a result can understand these elements better and faster. A fashion professional receives training in elements and principles of design and has background knowledge of artistic aspects of design on apparel and that is an important aspect of image consulting. Similarly a beauty professional deals with elements of grooming like hair, skin care and makeup. They, over a period of years, by experience develop a good sense of what looks good on which type of face etc. This is again an essential element of image management.
Both these professions also require dealing with various people with different variables in terms of body shapes, sizes, face shapes etc. and this gives them a good experience identifying the need and satisfying the same.
55% of the message that any one sends, which is the image of that person, is visual and non verbal. Some of the key elements of visual communication are clothing and grooming. Having past exposure to these forms of communication is a big help in advising clients on how to project a positive, authentic and appropriate image. Since fashion and beauty professionals have dealt with these issues with numerous clients, they can have a good head start in the field of image consulting.
The author, Suman Agarwal, is the senior-most Image Consultant in the Indian Sub-continent and director of Image Consulting Business Institute. Image Consulting Business Institute is a pioneer in India and one of the biggest brands in the world in Image Management and Soft Skills Training Space. It offers programs for people to become Image Consultants and Soft Skills Trainers and at the same time offers Image Management and Soft Skills Training services to individuals and companies.