That’s what all of this boils down to: all of the hours of frenzied article writing, all of the last-minute interviews with fascinating people, and, my personal favorite, all of the time spent researching the newest beauty products or streaming fashion shows. All while attending the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, home of the prestigious Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, to earn a dual degree in Magazine Journalism and Art History.
I couldn’t possibly discuss my magazine infatuation without bringing up my beauty internships at Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire during the past two summers. Instead of scrambling out of Hearst Tower for editors’ coffee like I expected, I received the opportunity to research and pitch stories, go to fascinating New York City events, and get to know some of the most talented editors in the industry. And while, yes, I did appreciate the first look at a fabulous new lipstick or two, that’s not what got me hooked. Instead, I adored looking into what makes women feel empowered, whether it be a perfume that looks great on a vanity, or something more serious, like a special cream for mastectomy survivors. Take a good look, everyone: I’m now a beauty junkie.
But I’m not content merely doing research. I need to write. That’s why I’ve devoted myself fully to sites like Refinery29, xoVain, and High Voltage Blog. From product reviews and makeup tutorials to Fashion Week interviews with the likes of Cushnie et Ochs, I post several times monthly, getting my fill of the written word while informing readers of the best of what’s out there. You can also find my pal Miranda and me on High Voltage’s YouTube channel, where we film and edit videos concerning the latest and greatest in beauty.
I do all of these things – and always with enthusiasm – to make sure my stories are as engaging, well-written, and, well, real as possible. And while it’s definitely more than a little stressful tackling stories for such a variety of publications, I love to write, and I’ve taken every possible opportunity to put my pen to paper.
“If you can quit, then quit. If you can’t quit, then you’re a writer.” – B.A. Shapiro