first off, i have to say that I never thought i was cool enough to work in fashion, accessories, or beauty, so when I landed my job in beauty at teen vogue, i basically died of shock.
when i got the chance to work at Teen Vogue, i knew that i drew the one in one hundred billion golden ticket to work with Eva Chen. even though i realized pretty early on that I wanted to work in accessories, I learned so much from Eva and had so many unique opportunities as her assistant, that I put that desire aside for a while. no joke, she does nine billion projects that are totally unrelated to beauty at once, and juggles them all seamlessly. even after 3 years, i’m still not 100% sure how she does it. as her assistant i tried (emphasis on try) to observe how that juggling happened, and i happily took on any weird side tasks related to her projects just to try and learn as much as possible.
when i did finally try to make the move from beauty to accessories, it took a long time to find a job. i wasn’t an easy sell or an obvious choice for any accessory/fashion departments. but finally, the opportunity at glamour came up to do market work for the magazine, write for the web, curate a shop on opensky, and do market work and styling for TV appearances, and it was the perfect opportunity given my varied experience with Eva at Teen Vogue. the kind of multi-disciplinary multi-tasking that she taught me is essential in any magazine these days. my first few weeks at glamour were insanely difficult, and I worked literally around the clock trying to figure out my new markets, but it was worth it. so yes, it was hard, and it still is hard four months in, but i’m super happy, and at 26 i’m living the dream career I never ever in a thousand million years thought i could make a reality.