This graceful beauty might look dainty on the outside but she’ll show you how to go after your dreams, live your life the way you want and she’ll show you how to do it all looking your like best self. Mai Galal is a celebrity fashion stylist that is down to Earth, genuine and one of the nicest people you can meet.
What do you do consistently for time management?
I try to wake up early and seize the day, this really helps me get everything done. I set my priorities every day so I can schedule my day according to traffic rush hours, what needs to get done first and any appointments I have to get to. So, if I have a shoot this day I’ll make sure to take my babies to the nursery and then head out to the shoot. I pay close attention to traffic to be able to gage when I need to leave for my next appointment.
What is one resource you wish you knew about when you were starting out?
I wish I knew the power of delegation. Starting out I used to do everything myself. Even though I had assistants with me, I never allow myself for them to do anything. I always felt the need to take care of every tiny detail myself. That used to result in me burning out completely. Now, I depend on the help my assistants can provide to help me save time and energy. Also, I can’t deny the tremendous help the technology we have now has given us every day. I can’t tell you how helpful a simple app like “What’s App” has helped my everyday life.
What’s the best career advice anyone has ever given you?
My mom always used to tell me to “Work Hard and Play Hard”. She always pushed me to do everything in life with grit, if you’re going to work hard then work as hard as you can, the same goes when you take a break. You are able to take a break without any guilt because you know you deserve it. Plus, there is no feeling like seeing the life you’ve built for yourself as a result of all your hard work and dedication. It’s one of the best feelings in the world
What do you do to motivate yourself when you feel like giving up?
I have an extremely exhausting and time-consuming job. Whether I’m assigned to dress the entire cast of a series, or a fashion show exhibit, it’s extremely tasking to get all of this done with the level of perfection I aspire to at all times. What really keeps me going through it all, is reminding myself of all the accomplishments I’ve done so far. All the superstars, celebrities and amazing shows I was a part of. Sometimes, I can’t believe I did all that. It helps me get through whatever I’m doing now. If I was able to do that, then I can do anything.
What also really helps me through a bad day is the positive feedback I either from working mothers who see me as an inspiration for working as hard as I do with 3 children (2 of whom are young twins). Or the amazing messages I get from aspiring fashion stylists who take me as their role model. These messages touch my heart in the best of ways and really keeps me going.
What was the best thing that helped you find your “signature style” when you first started your career?
Starting out, you’ll be tempted to take any opportunity that comes your way and normally that’s a given but not in our field. I really made sure to only pick and choose the styling jobs I only wanted to do. This helped me find my own signature style and helped the world see it as well. The second thing and this is what really shaped me into the stylist I am today was training with the best. I was trained Nahid Nassra, and her name is a big deal in the styling field. I also studied in the same place that Roberto Cavalli and Versace did and that truly gave me an edge in the field. You need this if you want to stand out and make sure the world knows what you’re really made of.
Photographer: Khaled Marzouk
MUA: Randa Tawfik