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So You Want to be an Editor

It should be no surprise to you by now, but I want to be a fashion editor.  If I could live in the magazine section of Borders or the Conde Nast  library (which I got to play in a few weeks ago) I would, in a heart beat. 

As my last post stated, we had an Assistant Editors panel last Monday night hosted by Ed2010@FIT.   We brought in five assistant editors and bombarded them with questions about the industry, their education, internships, and most importantly advice they had for us.  At the panel we invited Adam Risman (TIME), Brooke Danielson (Glamour), Allison Watters (ELLE), Ashley Afriyie (Marie Claire), and Alison Girschick (ELLE).  They were absolutely amazing and gave advice that I started following the next day I was at my internship. 

These are some of the points I found most helpful or enlightening:

“Look at internships as job tryouts” -AR

“Once you show your boss that you are more than willing to do the menial tasks, that is when you get to move up” -AR

“Find that one editor that really believes in you” -AR

“Always observe what is going on and ask if there is anyway you can help, always reach out, be one step ahead of the editor”-BD

“Have confidence and integrity, respect yourself and the people you work for”-BD

“Be careful about what you Twitter, Facebook, blog…”-BD

“The best part of my job is sitting through the run throughs, hearing the editors thoughts”-BD

“Editors take notice of the small things”-AW

“Have excellent time management and a strong skin, and you will stay late most nights”-AW

“Take initiative and go the extra mile, lose your summers, learn to multi-task”-AA

“Always print out at least three copies of your resume, never put your picture on it”-AA

“As an assistant editor, you are at the bottom, everything is your fault”-AG

“You have to want to be there”-AG

“Attention to detail, do everything with a smile, and have determination”-AG

“If you make a mistake, fix it, in a creative way” AG

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Your New Friend, Ed

*Disclaimer, I am doing this post because I strongly believe in Ed2010 and shamelessly promoting it, not to show off winning their trustfund (though I am obviously happy about that).

Ed2010 is an aspiring magazine editors best friend.  It is more than a club, it is a way of connecting with the magazine and fashion industry in a way I never thought was possible.  As well as the city chapters (and the main group of course) there are also on campus chapters at schools across the country.  My freshman year at FIT also happened to be the first year Ed2010@FIT was in existence (the four club officers who started it at FIT all have assistant jobs at well respected magazines now).

I was Secretary of FIT’s chapter of Ed2010 for a year and then this Fall semester I stepped up and became President.  The club meets on Tuesdays at FIT and we often have amazing guest speakers from magazines like ELLE, Teen Vogue, Nylon, Real Simple, Marie Claire, Glamour, and Time.  Most of the club members have internships at the best fashion magazines in the country (Vogue, ELLE, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Glamour, etc.) and we are all great at sharing internship tips and advice, and of course contact information.

People are always asking me how I got my internship at Vogue, and though the question really bothers me I simply say two things, Ed2010 and hard work.  I found out about four of my five internships from their constantly updated internship list.  Through my connections in the Ed2010 club I was able to get my ELLE internship which I really feel paved the way for all of my future ones.

Ed2010 also has this amazing “Trustfund” which unpaid interns in the city can apply for and get the chance to win $1,000 just for working hard and writing a fabulous essay, of course.  I found out about a month ago that I was this semester’s winner, and was elated (though maybe not as much as my parents were).  I have squeezed 16 credits into two days, intern at Vogue three days, and I work at Anthropologie on the weekends (shopping money) so getting appreciated for my time and effort is very flattering and really makes me strive to do my best work.

(Also, I was interviewed for the website which you can check out here.)

So everyone please visit the website if you are interested in magazines whether it be editing, styling, writing, or design it will definitely be worth your while.  And if you attend FIT come to one of our meetings: Tuesdays 1-2 pm room A336.

PS: We are having an Assistant Editors Panel Monday April 11 from 6-7:30 pm in room D523.  Check out the poster made by the lovely Nia of Live Glam or Die (our Publicity Officer) for more information.

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