MR: Do you have a mentor? BS: Yes, Tracey Cunningham is a major mentor to me. She took me under her wing right away. She taught me so much and gave me so much opportunity. Mentorship is so important. I think people are lucky who find a mentor. You are lucky if you find someone who you want to emulate. There is a fine line between someone who is a mentor and seeing their path and also seeing outside that box and finding your own path. I think the climate we live in with social media and the way the industry has shifted, it is important to not feel boxed in to one road to success. There are so many ways to succeed and you have to find what works for you and be confident in your strengths and not be too insecure to admit your weaknesses. I try really hard to highlight my strengths and I am very quick to outsource things that I feel someone else is better suited for. I think there is a lack of that outsourcing. A lot of people think they can do everything better than everyone. I hope that people trust me more because they know I am not going to let my ego get in the way of them receiving the best outcome they can receive.
in, it will smell like home. I have a bag that has family photos that I always have. I take a million skincare products wherever I travel. I am a skincare junkie. I just started using the Joanna Vargas exfoliating mask. I really like Joanna Vargas, Epicuran, and Lucerne. I just started using Obagi. I have to have the right skincare products with me or I freak out. Those are the things that make me feel in control. I wish I could say I packed light but I don’t. I have to have options. I get stressed out if I don’t have a solid selection of clothes. Of course, if I don’t bring enough, I just end up shopping.
She lets artists like me do our jobs and allows us to have a lot of creative input.
MR: Was this your first time working with an Oscars contendant?
BS: It was kind of my first time working with an oscar contendant. I worked with Natalie Portman for an entire award season but she was too pregnant to attend the actual Oscars. I had worked with people going to the Oscars but never an Oscars contendant. I gave Margot a haircut the night before the Oscars. I did it at like one in the morning. I was so thrilled that she wanted to do that. To give someone a fresh new look for the Oscars — the pressure was on for sure.
MR: How does travel play a role in your life? BS: This year alone, I did a ton of travel while working with Margot Robbie. I got to travel with a great team — stylist, Kate Young, and makeup artist, Patti Dubroff. We stopped in multiple cities for press trips, starting in Toronto for Toronto Film Festival. That was the kickoff for I Tonya. We went to Sydney, Paris, London, Berlin. We went a handful of other film festivals — The Hamptons Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival... It was a highlight of my career — no question. Margot is such a generous and willing collaborator. She is very open and trusting with everything. She lets artists like me do our jobs and allows us to have a lot of creative input. When it comes to travel, I don’t stay places very long. Often, the team is in a city for 48 hours. There is always the challenge of trying to figure out if you’re going to use your precious free time to sleep or go to a museum. Often I use the time to sleep and I am in such a special place but it’s important for me to challenge myself and go out while I’m on these trips. I’m always very excited to go somewhere I haven’t been before. I feel like I am so lucky to be able to travel for work. It’s such a gift. I like to take a Diptyque candle, the one that smells like a campfire, fou de bois, wherever I go. That way, whatever hotel room I am LE FA I R MA G A Z I NE | 1 2 7