OCCUPATION THESAURUS

FOOD STYLIST



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
A food stylist prepares and arranges food for cookbooks, magazines, advertisements, movies, TV shows, and more. They strive to make food look as appealing and appetizing as possible by considering the color, texture, and shape of food, as well as how different cooking methods affect the final visual product. Some professional stylists will work with art directors and photographers to create an aesthetic vision while others (such as food bloggers) may do most or all of the work themselves, including designing the scene where the food will be set. Food stylists will typically cook the food they are working with and may use inedible products (such as plastic ice cubes, "incense" steam, or spray-on deodorant for extra shine) to get the desired visual effect.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
Formal education is common among successful food stylists but is not required. Many attend culinary arts programs, though food styling itself is not often a degree. A strong portfolio and resumé are more important than training when finding work. They generally work as chefs and shadow working food stylists before finding their own success.

USEFUL SKILLS, TALENTS, OR ABILITIES:

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EMOTIONAL WOUNDS THAT MAY HAVE FACTORED INTO THIS OCCUPATION CHOICE:
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PEOPLE THEY MIGHT INTERACT WITH:
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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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