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Alyssa Beltempo: Profile + Interview

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Alyssa Beltempo: Interview

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Running, colour, travel, nature, human spirit

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

A little person who wants to make a big impact during my short time

on this blue planet.

Why do you do what you do?

Because my best skills are those that utilize my hands, creativity,

speaking skills and imagination …

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I can’t pinpoint exactly when I realized I wanted to be a stylist … I

definitely knew I had to do something that allowed me to move,

create, and work on a project basis. I worked in international finance

for 5 years, and while it was a great job, I really didn’t feel like I

was working to my full potential. I was offered a job to manage a

new luxury footwear boutique with Chantal and Andre Schad and it

brought me to the crazy world of retail which ultimately led me to

working on my own as a freelance stylist.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

Self-criticism … but I still go through this every time I finish a

shoot or project … I am very rarely 100% happy with my work …

however the editor in chief at PRESS Magazine (where I am

Fashion Editor), Christopher Massardo, has been integral to my

growth as a stylist and always has the best reminders to not take

myself or my work too seriously.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

Not necessarily, I just try to take whatever path will lead me to be

happiest. Right now that means fashion styling, but who knows?

Maybe in a few years it will mean selling coconut bras on a beach in


One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

I make mistakes every day, so this list would be very long! Right

now I’m in the midst of learning about spreading oneself too thin…

focus is a great thing.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

There are always upcoming projects on the go, but I’d like to keep

them quiet until they’re for real. Actions speak louder than words

and all that …

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Do what makes you happy but make sure you have a financial plan

to go about doing it. So unromantic, sorry, but it’s really hard to be

productive when you’re hungry.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Thank you so much for interviewing/featuring me! It’s such a

pleasure and an honour. xo

Alyssa Beltempo: Profile

Full name

Alyssa Beltempo



Place of Birth? (city, country)

Ottawa, Canada

Where you live now? (city, country)

Ottawa, Canada

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Both Italian - dad Bari, Italy, mom Italian/Canadian born in


First Language?

English - but up until the age of 5 I only spoke Italian

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Freelance Fashion Stylst

How long have you been doing it?

1-3 years … I honestly can’t remember since I was doing it on the

side for a little while

Fav Song

I have too many depending on my mood!

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

It’s hard to pick just one, there are so many talents out there …

Florence and The Machine and The Beatles are always on my “most

played” list however …

Fav Movie

Would you laugh if I said Mary Poppins?

Fav Actor/Actress

Honestly I have no clue! Anyone who is a true chameleon …

Fav Clothing brand

I don’t have one … whoever makes good quality clothing that stands

the test of time and that piques my fancy during a shopping trip. I’m

also a big vintage fan, so don’t pay too much attention to the label …

Fav Visual artist/Photographer/Filmaker/Dancer/Choreographer

Lucille Marcotte - a Canadian painter, I also love illustrations so

René Gruau is a favourite …

Fav Sport to watch


Fav Sport to play


Let me know how you guys like this post at  -Amir :)