So two weeks ago I headed down to Hearst Studios in Soho for a career event run by ELLE Magazine. For those of you that know me well, you’ll know that I’ve always wanted a career in Fashion Marketing and PR. So obvs when this event popped up I was all over it!
The event was all about an intro into wonderful world of Fashion. I’d been invited to join the ELLE team for an evening of drinks, networking and a panel discussion led by ELLE’s Editor-In-Chief, Anne-Marie Curtis. The team; Kenya Hunt, Phoebe Arnold and Max took to stage to tell us all about their journeys, sharing their experiences, challenges, and triumphs the lot.
It was really encouraging to hear (and see) that you don’t have to come from a fashion background to excel in this industry. Take for instance Max and Phoebe who hadn’t come from fashion backgrounds. Max graduated with a degree in Graphic Design and Phoebe prior was brought up on a farm with not much interest in fashion. No joke!
I’m at an age, and point in my career where it’s difficult to find four weeks spare to go and do a month internship at a fashion magazine house or fashion retailer. Let’s be real it would mean giving up my my whole annual leave which is a major sacrifice and something I’ll struggle to do.
I feel that I’m at a disadvantage when it comes to fashion experience. As apart from spending my teenage years working in retail, that’s as good as it gets. One of the main reasons I started blogging was to build on my experience, as well as using this platform as some sort of portfolio to prove and show just how much I’m truly invested.
So, for anyone looking to make such a move, or if you’re just curious to see what I got up to I’ll share my takeouts, advice and a few pictures of the gorge goodies I got to take home with me 🙂
‘Don’t underestimate HARDWORK’
One thing all four panel members spoke about was how much hard work is needed when trying to enter such a competitive industry. As well as hardwork PASSSION is also vital. Don’t be afraid to be overly passionate. Your ‘Graft & Passion’ is what makes YOU different.
“Have a VOICE”
Another key learning was to have a voice, this means standing up and speaking up for your beliefs. It’s so important to take a stand for what you truly believe in. I’m not sure about you, but certain topics have me shying away from having such a strong opinion in order not to ‘Rock the boat too much’. Be it Race, Gender, Religion, Sexuality and so on.
“ALWAYS be kind to people on the way up”
There’s not much explanation to add here, it really is what it is. You never know who you may need or even meet again on your way to the top.
“Adopt a PERSONALITY and IDENTITY“
Having a personality and identity is so important. One of the things that almost put me off blogging was the fact that there are already 101 million bloggers out there (and no I can’t substantiate that lol) Do I really want to be yet another blogger, taking the same pictures in the same place in the same clothes? One thing they spoke about, which stuck with me is that even something as small as your font can bring your personality through and add character to your brand. Take time when choosing your font. Think about your logo or overall theme what vibe does it give off? Minimalistic, smart, fun, bright, playful, quirky…
Be unique with your content, we can all curate our digital aesthetic. Ignoring what everyone else is doing, what inspires and reflects YOU? It’s also really important to do your research! Don’t just rely on social media for inspiration or knowledge. Read magazines, books, visit museums, gallery’s, search the world wide web. Google is your best friend! Lol.
Go above and beyond, thinking well outside the box. What can you do differently?
The above applies to content creation, but also for your approach when applying for a new job. Your CV really should be unique to you standing out amongst a sea of CV’s. Do your research on the person recruiting. Stalk their Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram if you have to just so you discover things in common, certain conversation leads, or you can go even further than that finding out what they like and sending them a gift . Yes, I know it’s slightly brown-nosing, but it’ll be worth it if you get the job in the end right?
I was reading Megan Ellaby’s blog post recently where she talks about applying for an internship at House of Holland. Megan did the scoop on Henry Holland finding out that his favourite sweets were jelly beans. With that nugget of info, she used it to her advantage throwing in a bag of jelly beans along with her CV in post. That smart move only resulted in her being invited down to London for a trial day. I’m sure it wasn’t just the sweets that sealed the deal, but it deffinitely helped make an impact. Worth a try hey?
I really did enjoy the ELLE event and left feeling (
daren’t I say it) motivated, inspired and encouraged to keep on going! I was able to get a good insight into the industry, and I guess I was able to get a proper feel for it. I learnt loads of new info, and took away many tips, and words of advice.
My key FOUR takeouts were :
Be YOURSELF – Be your best self and believe.
Learn your CRAFT and the TOOLS of your trade.
Show your PASSION – Don’t be afraid to come across as overly passionate.
Always PERSONALISE – Tailor and direct your CV to the person recruiting.
Be Bold Brave Positive Smart Individual Cool
And now for the goodie bag…
Hope you enjoyed the read!