Do you, like us, love to read about the people who currently hold your dream job and how they got there? Or do you simply love to get career tips from inspirational young people? We definitely do, So this new feature on blog will see us pestering some young up-and-comers in the fashion industry - just for your pleasure! Up first is Grace Carroll, a 23-year-old Canadian intern at ELLE magazine. Get reading the interview below!
1. Have you always been interested in fashion?
My mom works in the fashion industry so I would have to say, yes, I have always been interested in fashion. I've grown up in the industry my entire life, it's in my blood.
2. What aspect of the fashion industry particularly interests you?
(Styling, writing, PR etc)
All aspects of the industry interest me, I love knowing how it runs from all angles. So many people think that being in fashion means you make clothes, sell clothes or buy clothes - but there's so much more to it than that.
I've worked in Fashion PR, I write and I do some styling - but I also love art direction, design and photography - I think that's why I love working with magazines the most, because it involves so many different things.
3. How did you get your start in the fashion industry?
When I was 15, I got my first job as a sales assistant at a bridal boutique, that same year I also took on a one year internship at a fashion agency through the Co-Op program at my high school. Pretty much every year since then I've juggled school, a part time job and an internship - eventually leading to Teen Vogue in New York, and now ELLE.
4. Describe one day at your internship at ELLE magazine.
I assist the Fashion Features Director and my days can be quite varied. Sometimes I'm out on appointments pulling clothing for shopping pages or interviewing people for certain features. When in the office, I'm often scouring runway photos for trends and micro trends, speaking with the art team about layouts, contacting PRs and looking out for up-and-coming new talent. It’s my dream job!
5. How much responsibility are you given in your internship?
A lot, but that's not a complaint - I love a challenge.
6. Do you think personal style pays a big part in getting a
job/internship in the fashion industry?
Personal style definitely plays a part - I mean, it's a job in fashion after all! But what's more important is experience, dedication, a good attitude and work ethic. You've got to work very hard to make it in this industry, and you definitely have to prove yourself way beyond looks.
7. Do you see yourself continuing your career in the fashion industry?
Definitely. I don't know what else I would do.
8. What advice would you give to someone who wants a career in fashion magazines in the future?
Intern, intern, intern! You may not be writing stories or styling shoots at your first internship - a lot of magazines will just get you to handle incoming and outgoing samples - but it's a start, and from there you can grow and begin to gain more experience. I think my time spent working in fashion PR was also really beneficial to me because I understood how magazines worked, and it made my job easier. Now that I'm back at a mag, I understand the PR world - I do think it is helpful to understand the person on the other side.
Want more? Check out her blog here.
Interview by Michaela Lock