It was my time interning at O, The Oprah Magazine in 2016 that solidified my desire for a career in media.
The opportunity gave me a front-row seat to the workings of a national publication, from brainstorming and pitching to editing and layout design. I left wanting nothing more than to join such a creative, collaborative industry. In 2017, I had my first chance to do so, as an editorial fellow at Washingtonian. There, I contributed weekly to washingtonian.com, fact-checked print features, and occasionally wrote for the print book. At the end of that year, I returned to NYC to work as a freelance EA at Prevention, and in 2018, I joined the Martha Stewart Living and Weddings team as an EA. Now, I’m an assistant editor across both brands.
If you’re still with me, I have one final thought (in the interest of tying things up neatly). Writing doesn’t seem so far off from my former dream job, ballet: the goal is conveying an idea (whether through words or movement), which allows for personal style within certain bounds (either the rules of language or ballet technique). No two pieces of work are the same, and there’s constant room for improvement in each. It’s that combo of creativity and structure—as well as the awesome power of the media to shape public opinion—that gets me juiced up to write something each day.