Getting Ready To Be A Colour Analyst: Concerns

Every decision-making process involves weighing two or more sides of a possibility. In this third video,  we hear what present-day colour analysts were considering at this step in their journeys.

Part 1 in an invitation for you to think about what is possible.

Part 2 explains the early beginnings of how I and others were slowly moving from picturing ourselves in a new future to imagining how we might participate in the reality.

So far, including today’s video, none of us has committed. We are at the next in a series of lenses through which we view a possible future and make choices.

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13 thoughts on “Getting Ready To Be A Colour Analyst: Concerns”

  1. I hesitate to pursue becoming a color analyst because I think it’s an enormous responsibility to advise someone on what colors they should be wearing. The potential for error could cause the client to waste money on incorrect clothing and makeup. I speak from experience as I’ve been analyzed as several different seasons, and it’s disheartening when you think about the amount spent on unusable items.

  2. Your concern is very fair and true, Jan. Every professional has the same concern, whether it’s an incorrect diagnosis, a mistake during a procedure, or any other less-than-best advice they could give. To make things harder, the concern is with them every day of their career. It never goes away, and if it does, they may have slipped into a “Seen this a million times.” complacency that the Universe will probably correct in the near future.
    I wasn’t certain if your hesitation was about PCA in particular, or just the reality of the implications of giving advice to anyone about anything. I appreciate your feelings of responsibility. We feel them too, with every client. It never subsides. I sure wish the world were not set up such that we do not have to be wrong a few times in order to understand right. At least in error, we are shown what could be adjusted to preempt the error, which is always under discussion in our community, or where the value was, since there is always value in error.
    It is indeed disheartening for the client who has been given many Seasons without understanding why. When I feel unsatisfied, I ask myself what my job is or how I could react to feel less frustrated. We do not control other’ actions but we do control our reactions. I understand the confusion from the perspective of the public who feel that apples should be apples in all PCA systems. We want one right.
    In life, I never see The One Truth. Everybody’s is and should be different. We all want choice. The job of the PCA company may be to define as best we can, given that using private images is very hard considering how they will shared, what we believe. The job of the public is to not expect blocks to stack up between PCA systems. Weight Watchers points are meaningless at Herbal Magic but both can help people achieve their weight loss goal. My practice of PCA has room for many outlooks, all of which can be enriched and educated by one another. Not everyone agrees. Difficult for the consumer to know how to absorb and apply the information. The job of the analyst is to act as the prism through which the client understand how to embody their place inside their palette. One of your Seasons may have been correct but for some reason, you were not able to find your home in it.
    I thank you sincerely for your honesty and open-minded willingness to share your opinion. We clarify better in conversation that isolated with our own experiences and translations of them. At least, we find some balance or reason to confirm what we thought. Again, thank you.

  3. Hi, Christine! Totally off-topic to this post – could you give any recommendations for online shopping with a color fan? I would have sworn you’d posted about this before, but all I can find is your post “Getting more from your 12-tone swatch book”… the how-to-harmonize information is very useful, but I like to do my shopping online when possible. Is there a trick to using the fan to compare to images on a screen? Right now I’m either sort of squinting one-eyed through the flared fan at the image (very attractive, I’m sure) or looking from image to fan and back.

    I’m brand new to my Soft Autumn analysis and I don’t (yet? ever?) have the ability to spot colors apart from the fan. For instance I keep radically misreading what I think will be a SA gray. (It never is!)

    Thanks so much!

  4. Christine, thank you so much for your very thoughtful reply. I believe that PCA can and does impact every part of our daily lives from the clothing we wear, our cosmetics, decorating, and if possible to choose, even our geographical location. We are constantly surrounded by color, and its affect on us is enormous; perhaps even more than we realize.

  5. So good topic, Cory. Some of the things I do are:
    – either overcast daylight from 11AM to 3PM approx or a full-spectrum desk lamp
    – hold up the palette to the screen and look at both garment and palette…the whole opened out palette…does either lose steam because the other is there, is my attention going too much to one or the other? can I make several elegant ensembles?
    – compare the garment to anything in the photo, a background, a plant, a person
    – consider the lighting in the photo, much of which warms and lightens
    – be familiar with the website, many often desaturate online (LLBean, JCrew sometimes is way brighter when you get it)
    – be able to return it

    If I think of anything else, I’ll add it or do a blog post actually. Great topic.

  6. Christine, thank you! So should I have light falling directly on the screen and the palette?

    “compare the garment to anything in the photo, a background, a plant, a person”

    Can you elaborate? I’m not sure I understand. Should I be checking the color of the garment against something in the background for “trueness” of the color?

  7. Your Q was such a good topic that I’ll do a video about it in a week or so. Keep asking Q so I can address what folks want to know or feel uncertain about. I do use a full spec lamp or noon daylight (no sun) right on the screen. The comparison point is a long answer, I’ll talk more about it in video. A lot of typing…

  8. Awesome, thank you!

    Another question I personally have is: is there a mantra to keep in mind to weed out, say, the worst 50% of colors for you? I’ve been trying to think “muted”, but I’m not great at knowing what that actually looks like. Would a Soft person be helped by thinking “nothing bright”?

  9. Once you know your Season, do you mean, Cory? A Soft might hold in her head, nothing super bright. At least that way, she’s only cancelling the relatively brightest clothing. By going around with the opposite idea in mind, as quiet gentle colour, I think that there’s too much chance of missing some of the Season’s more colourful possibilities.

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