You are possibly one of the most hardworking KOLs in the industry at the moment. How do you find all that energy? Is there anything you do to prevent that dreaded creative burnout? Diversification by working across multiple disciplines definitely assists with avoiding feeling stale or ‘burnt out’ creatively. No two days will ever look the same for me, Jumping from photographing on set, to meeting a client in a consultant capacity, to retouching endless stills, to skype calling our composer about the track for an upcoming film – all of these use different parts of my brain and I find if I’m losing focus on one thing, or struggling to conceptualise, it helps to move on to something completely different and return with fresh eyes or ears or mindset. I’m lucky enough that I work across enough fields that I can do that with ease and often.

You’ve mentioned some people not wanting to listen to your pitches because of your age. Does that still happen despite your portfolio? How do you manage difficulties like that? To my knowledge and peers’ similar experiences, it’s a pretty common challenge. No matter how well-versed you are in your field, our society is necessarily built to value years of experience over quality of experience. This is not a paradigm that is about to change in a hurry. Stick to your guns, and be comfortable with the fact that those who won’t give you the time of day or choose not to respect your opinions are not the people you want to be working with anyway.

 

Is there anyone you look up to in the creative world, and why? I’ve long admired Sergei Polunin and Svetlana Zakharova’s stamina, grace, charm and ostensible passion in their craft. I aspire to be so expressive in my work.

What are some of the things you love to do outside of creative work?  I really enjoy consulting – obviously there is a creative arm to that as well, but the business strategy, e-commerce structure, market research, report and analysis involved with particular clients is so satisfying and fascinating for me.

What does love mean to you? Feeling so strongly about something that you would voluntarily allow it to overwhelm you to the point of losing sense of time and space.

PHOTOGRAPHY Margaret Zhang

HAIR Paloma Rose Garcia

MAKE UP Molly Warkentin

PHOTO ASSIST Nick Shaw

SECOND ASSIST Ana Suntay-Tañedoa

About

Margaret Zhang is a Chinese-Australian photographer, director, stylist and writer based in New York. Since her digital beginnings in the fashion industry in 2009, Margaret has worked with global brands including Chanel, UNIQLO, Swarovski, YEEZY, Clinique, Lexus, Dior, Gucci, Matches and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney.
Though regularly featured in print and digital media as a model and personality alike, Margaret’s pho tography, styling, and creative direction has been employed by the likes of Vogue, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NYLON, Marie Claire, Buro24/7, and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40 lists, and her work has been recognised as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index, and ELLE Magazine’s Best Digital Influencer of The Year Award.

 

 

 

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