Yet another blogger that I’m falling for–Dani.Dan is incredibly optimistic, and her happy/quirky posts for her blog, Resonate.Local make me laugh and smile. She is currently living in San Diego, working as a stylist. So go give her blog and her YouTube channel some love; you won’t regret it!
Dani was sweet enough to do a little interview with me so that we could all get to know her better–
How long have you been blogging?
I made my first blog post in 2008. Obsession didn’t kick in until 2009.
What made you want to start blogging?
3 things: 1) My bookmarks were getting out of control; 2) I wanted to share all the amazing fashion, art, & music I felt so fortunate to have in my life; and 3) I moved home for a year & found myself with an obscene amount of free time on my hands.
In your “About,” it says that you are a stylist instead of using your college degree–what did you go to school for?
I studied Marketing, Japanese, and Art at San Diego State. It was my 2nd year in school, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, and all I knew was that I wanted to work for myself one day…so I picked Marketing. Art kept me sane & Japanese was my attempt to learn a 2nd language.
How long have you been a stylist, and was it difficult to break into the field?
I’ve been styling since I was old enough to dress my Barbies. Officially, I’ve been a wardrobe stylist for 3 years. It can definitely be a challenging field to break into, but it’s completely worth it. How I broke into the field was a little unconventional…I answered a craigslist ad for an assistant stylist position. The woman I ended up working for was an established LA/SF style expert & I still feel so lucky to have her as my mentor.
How did you build your client base for being a stylist (I WOULD LOVE TO DO THAT!)?
It’s all about the hustle…& being creative. In this industry, it really is all about who you know. And if who you know doesn’t need a stylist, you create opportunities.
I love that you are so locally-oriented; do you try to stick to that with everything you do (i.e. what foods you eat, what clothes you purchase, etc)?
From supporting incredible local creatives to brightening a stranger’s day a little…it all just boils down to creating more positive interactions in the community. I really believe that affecting positive change on the world stems from RESONATING LOCALLY. Whether we want to or not, we DO affect one another. Positive energy is contagious. I like to call it Grassroots Awesomeness.
What is your favorite thing about your blog?
I LOVE having a site completely customized to my own style, taste & sense of humor. It’s like the ultimate journal! Also, knowing I’ve made someone else smile, makes me smile!