I've been in magazines for over three years now and if I'm completely honest with you, it's not difficult to get used to the perks, being sent copious amounts of beauty products daily, meeting celebrities, being treated to overseas trips, helicopter rides and even take swimming with frigging dolphins for granted - the last one, I kid you not!
But despite the wonderful (and wacky) world of magazines that I work in, I find myself unbelievably grateful and appreciative for already having my dream job at such a young age and being surrounded by incredible and creative stylist's, writer's and photographer's every single day.
It's moments like sitting on an aeroplane bound for Fashion Week or simply seeing a random on the train read a four-page beauty feature I wrote and poured my heart into - those are the kind of moments where I have to seriously pinch myself and think 'What the fuck? I get paid to write about lipgloss. Am I dreaming? Hello, is someone going to wake me up yet?'
But please don't take me lightly - what I get to do every day isn't all bronzer and blush. It's hard work! Sure, I'm not finding a cure for cancer but there is never one moment where I am not striving to meet a deadline, working hard to write an article that is educational, informative and conversational all the while being humorous and of course, written in my own style. There are constant meetings with PR's, presenting advertising pitches in front of big wigs (including my CEO), representing the magazine's image at regular beauty events and all the while filing my eight pages of beauty by Friday.
It really is a high-pressure job! There is never as single second of down time so if I'm to be frank with you, if you're not cut out to work your arse off day in and day out, then start looking elsewhere!
Personally, I feed off the fast-pace. I love the challenge and yes, even the stress. I am also blessed to work with an incredible team of 30-or-so editorial and advertising staff all led by an exceptional Editor-In-Chief.
This week at RSFF, I have met many FAMOUS and Gritty Pretty readers but it's meeting the young school girl's who are freakishly fascinated by the world of mags that reminds me of what I was like when I was younger. Meeting Fashion and Beauty Editor's at Cosmopolitan when I was 18 was like meeting celebrities, fetching Sarah Wilson's coffee was an honour and don't even get me started on photocopying their story references. I was utterly in awe of them and all of their wonderful accomplishments.
All of this brings me to the news that my stellar intern Chloe left FAMOUS to join the other side of fashion - so I am now short of a super intern!
Chloe's shoes are very large to fill but if you want to see what the world of magazines is really like, are passionate about beauty and writing and are prepared to work at FAMOUS' Sydney-based office one day per week (unpaid) then Gritty Pretty could be looking for you!
You must be currently studying and able to work in FAMOUS magazine's editorial office one day per week from 10am - 4pm. You will keep 'The' Beauty Cupboard in order, research trends and attend model photo shoots. You may also be expected to assist the Fashion Editor's and their department when asked. You must be capable, mature and willing to learn everything from writing our certain house style to filing copy by yours truly.
For more information or to apply for this Beauty Intern position, please email your CV to email@example.com.
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