Big Apple Dreaming

"New York Is The Only Real City" – Truman Capote

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“Only You Can Shape Your Future!”

For anyone that needs a little lift now and again, self-belief can take you a long way.

“There Are Roughly 3 New Yorks… Third There Is New York Of The Person Who Was Born Somewhere Else & Came To New York In Quest Of Something.” – E B White

Since moving to New York just over 14 months ago I have experienced so much; I have worked part time in well known coffee bars and retail stores and interned all over the city in order to support my overall goal of achieving success on the NY PR scene.

Internships have been won, battling out hundreds of more highly strung self-named ‘fashionistas’, little money has been earned, but the belief has always remained strong – I didn’t want to be chewed up and spat out by this city. Today, everything became a little more positive, I was offered my first full time, salaried position.  So this post is my proof that if you want it bad enough and don’t give up (a cliche I know) things can really happen.

I came to New York in quest of a new life with a focused goal of getting where I wanted to be in terms of my PR objectives; it certainly hasn’t been easy but as E. B. White says, it is the people that come to New York in search of something that truly ‘give it passion’.

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“Slavery Has Evolved, It’s Called Unpaid Internships..” – Anonymous

New York is the city of great internships – whatever field of interest you may have, there is an internship you can do for college credit or to build your resume. However, no one quite tells you about the entrapment quality to these internship ‘programs’ especially in the fashion world.

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There comes a point in every fashion intern’s life where you want to progress into the ever elusive full time job, but the problem is when you’ve been interning for so long, people come to believe you should intern for life. This leads into my current dilemma, I have interned at 2 major fashion houses, an events website, 2 major fashion/lifestyle PR agencies and people seem to still suggest I should intern…

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“In Interviews You Learn More About Yourself Than The Person Learns About You” – William Shatner

Interviewing on the New York fashion scene is a funny thing, it can go one of two ways. You can be met with the harsh fashion executive who is straight down to business whilst giving you a glacial glare implying that you bore them; or you can be met with the overly peppy fashionista who thinks you are ‘just great’ and says how great it is that you could come in and hopes you have a great day.

More often than not I have been met with the first half of these interviewers, the ones that makes you want to run away screaming. However, in order to get a job, I am obviously going to have to be interviewed. So, I pull it together, rehearse my perfected personal statement and brace myself…

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“Now Joblessness Isn’t Just For Philosophy Majors” – Kent Brockman

On the New York employment scene, I have one pet peeve – the recruitment company. When one makes numerous online applications (I have made approx. 600 since the middle of last year) one’s resume is of course, likely to be picked up by recruitment coordinators surfing the internet for fresh meat…

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I have been picked up by 2 of these companies, the first a few months ago held high hopes. I was called in by the fashion department and I went in feeling positive about the outcome; I had hoped that they would assist me in getting my dream job, but that isn’t quite how it all went down…

My arrival 15 minutes prior to my appointment time certainly wasn’t long enough to fill out the 5 pages of paperwork which required 3 forms of ID and knowledge of my blood type. I was kept waiting for about 45 minutes only to be seen by a slew of people all not quite knowing what to do with me. Business cards were thrown at me like I was collecting a deck but no one could quite give me anything concrete to go on. I was complimented on my resume, reprimanded for only have 2 forms of ID and then sent on my merry way…

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“Success Is Often Achieved By Those Who Don’t Know That Failure Is Inevitable” – Coco Chanel

After being in New York for over a year now, it would seem as though many people would judge my success on whether or not I have a job and a stable life. I however, disagree with this view and measure my success by what I have achieved to date and what this gives me the opportunity to do in the next few years.

Wanting a career in PR, namely fashion PR, has it’s difficulties. Everyone seems to want you and adore you but nobody seems to want to pay you or make you permanent. I have been lucky enough to have internships with some of the most amazing fashion houses and PR agencies and am still, like a lot of people at the moment, struggling to convert that into a salaried position.

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