James Carroll is an emerging creative and stylist with a growing list of credits that include personalities like Beyoncé, Mary J Blidge and Keke Palmer.
The Baltimore native did not have a direct path into styling. James has a full resume with work history that includes Insurance Sales, HVAC Trainee, and an Aquatic Instructor for the YMCA. In fact, he received a full ride to Tuskegee for veterinary studies, but declined. There was a calling in his heart for something greater that directly linked to him to fashion.
While studying Marketing and PR at LIM College in New York City, James became a signed Model and intern for stylist Ogo and Chi Chi Ofodile. In this role he began to picture the career he wanted one day in the styling industry. After a year and a half of working with the duo, James found himself working as Solange Knowles’s assistant. Not quite the styling job James had pictured, but he saw this as another stepping-stone.
For two years, James was persistent in making a name for himself, even after a breakup left him homeless. In-between couch surfing and small styling jobs, he contemplated moving back to Baltimore. However one last styling job landed him the opportunity to assist an established stylist with Christina Milian. James saw this as his chance. He flexed his creativity and it was noticed.
James seized the opportunity and began styling Christina independently on projects and appearances. As work began to pick up for James, he received a phone call from another stylist who asked him to assist on a large project. Without hesitation or knowing the details he agreed, and was thrown into Beyonce’s Lemonade Project.
From Lemonade came recognition and James carried his brand with pride. He attracted the eye of Tracy Morgan’s wife and occasionally Tracy Morgan, working as a personal shopper. James became a member of stylist Marni senefontes and worked on projects for Jessica Seinfeld, Mary J. Blidge, and Beyonce for events such as TIDAL, CFDA, WMAS 2016 and the legendary Formation World Tour.
James prides him self on his journey and is thankful that God guided his path.
Since his career changing opportunity, James has become a stylist for FOX SEARCHLIGHT FILMS, been the head costume designer for a segment of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD), worked with numerous independent acts, has begun designing custom pieces and has hired two assistants to work with him.
Currently James Carroll is working between Los Angeles and New York City, and recently completed an Australian tour with Christina Milian. Next he plans to begin speaking about his path and journey to inspire others.