Sims 3 Ambitions | Stylist Career Guide
Sims 3 Ambitions comes with a host of new careers and professions for you to enjoy, and one of the careers that is sure to be popular is the stylist career, a career in which you help sims become fashion leaders in the town. Unfortunately, styling sims isn't quite as easy as you or I might imagine it to be.
I mostly wrote this hub because apparently the first make over you do is almost certainly doomed to fail and I find that utterly hilarious. The sim my sim stylist styled came out looking like an addict of some description and wearing a bulky dressing gown for reasons best known to herself and probably the game.
His attempt at home make overs having failed, my sim was called out to a job. He went to his first appointment, ignored the client completely and spent six hours talking to other clients. No amount of clicking on the client would make him so much as acknowledge her as existing, and no amount of zooming out to the map and selecting the job would make him do anything other than gossip with the dishy long haired inhabitants of what I thought was a house, but was actually the salon.
So there's a tip for newbies. When you click the job and you go to this big brick building that seems weird and unfamiliar to you, that's the salon. Clicking on the salon stylist's station will allow you to offer your client the make over they desire. That's important information for people who aren't really paying attention (I fall into that category all too often.)
Make sure that you don't have the timer set to 'super super ultra fast' mode, because if you do, you won't be able to take a picture of your client for your portfolio. You'll be able to take a picture, of course, but it will be of an empty mirror, which ultimately just isn't all that satisfying.
As you take more jobs and pay attention to what the sims tell you when they book the job, you'll soon find yourself creating looks that are all the rage. It pays to spend time speaking to other sims about fashion and styling too, although at the time of writing, Ambitions has developed a glitch which prevents any of my sims from talking to other sims. Hurrah for expansion packs released before they actually work properly! (UPDATE: It turns out that the problem is a mod, in this case 'AutoRomanticSocials'. Your mileage may vary. If you're having problems, remove all your mods and see if that fixes your issues.)
In spite of this, there are other known issues not related to mods. (16 pages and counting on The Sims 3 forums.) Not to worry, there's sure to be a flurry of patches and the issues will most likely be fixed.