Big Apple Dreaming

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

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“The World Needs To Stop Being Boring, Boring Is Easy, Anybody Can Be Boring” – Kid President

Sometimes everyone needs a pep-talk to realize that they can rather than they can’t…

“I Think It’s Healthy For A Person To Be Nervous. It Means You Care – That You Work Hard & Want To Give A Great Performance” – Beyonce Knowles

Having now done the hardest hurdle and actually gotten myself a full time, salaried job, I find myself absolutely terrified about starting said job tomorrow morning. However, so many people have told me that nerves are a good thing; it would be more worrying if in fact I wasn’t nervous and felt overly-confident about what I’m doing.

I don’t want it to sound like I am completely clueless and blagged myself a job, it isn’t like that. Instead, it’s more like ‘sure, my internships have prepared me for this’, but now instead of someone else being accountable for me making a mistake it’s all on me.

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“Choose A Job You Love, And You Will Never Have To Work A Day In Your Life” – Confucius

This Confucius quote was in a fortune cookie I got when I was about 14 years old. Oddly, it has always stayed in my mind and I think this is partly why I kept going after a career in PR despite the ups and downs.

It’s my opinion that here in New York City, the message of this statement should resound even higher. In a city with a dog-eat-dog nature, it is SO important to do something you love so when those phone calls come in asking you to work all hours and you don’t have time to eat let alone have a social life, you don’t mind because you love what you do.

It isn’t to say that doing something you love will never be challenging but the difference is that you will enjoy the challenge.

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“You Miss 100% Of The Shots You Never Take” – Wayne Gretzky

More often then not New York throws you a curve ball, the way that you deal with it is what defines you and your ambitions in life. I would have said that back in the UK I wasn’t really a risk taker; but making the decision to move to New York and attempt a whole new life  has made me one. Risks can lead to rewards but also to failures, in my opinion, dealing with both is what makes you a strong person…

Wayne Gretzky is correct, if you never take the risk, you will never find the opportunity. Risks vary in this city, it can be to go to a bar that’s not your usual (will the new bartender like you enough to offer you a buy-back?!), or it can be the decision to alter a career path from what you think you wanted or a life goal, say to lose 35 lbs with a lifestyle change that will keep it off.

I’m not someone that preaches you should take risks everyday to feel alive; that the best achievers in life are those that risked everything in order to become everything. Instead, I would say be open to taking a risk if you truly believe you have the drive to make it pay off. Taking a chance brings a new energy into the mix, and it may well be that energy that ends up being the driving force to where you need to be!

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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…

Interview

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