“Styling is a way for me to express myself creatively,” says interior and props stylist Bek Sheppard. “For me it’s a very personal experience. I live to be inspired and love to inspire others.” Since assisting some of Melbourne’s leading stylists, Bek has been busy building her portfolio of work with clients a range of advertising clients. “Making a career out of my passion was simple,” she says. “I followed my drive and my heart.”

Which five words best describe you? Innovative, focused, creative, spiritual and energetic.

How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? My career started to blossom not long after assisting some of Melbourne most sought-after stylists. Since then it’s been quite the journey working with a range of different brands and creatives.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Always be open to change. To always trust yourself and your talent.

What’s your proudest career achievement? The entire journey so far has been an achievement, however, moving into my first studio space was pretty special.

What’s been your best decision? To become a freelance stylist.

Who inspires you? It’s a collective really. I am constantly inspired by the people I meet, the blogs I read, the places I travel and the music I listen to.

What are you passionate about? Growth and inspiration. I love to see brands grow whilst inspiring people along the way.

Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Two come to mind: Nonda Katsalidis, the architect behind Mona, and Anders Trentemoller, a Danish producer.

What dream do you still want to fulfil? There are so many, I am a very vivid dreamer.

What are you reading? The Tibetan book of living and dying by Sogyal Rinpoche.

images courtesy of bek sheppard; photography reuben gates, derek swalwell (bed), craig banks (portrait)