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Becoming a Fashion Editor

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Working in a fashion editorial, writing articles, going to events – the dream of many people. I’ve been talking about my job in fashion a while ago already. You asked me about a more detailed description. Since I’m a fashion editor now, I’m gonna grant you that wish.

How you may know, I’ve been studying fashion journalism, interned at fashion editorials, and worked as an assistant editor. Since I had been working years on my blog passionately but "on the side", I immediately knew that I did not want to work full time as a fashion editor.
Since August, I’m working part time as a fashion editor at an online-mag, and the free time that I’m having I’m working on my blog.
Easy as it sounds, I’ve been working incredibly hard for this. Most of all, it took a lot of self-confidence, discipline, and flexibility.

Today I’m giving you some tipps and I will share my way into the fashion industry. But if you want to go this way, work hard and don’t expect anyone waiting for you. A lot of very young and talented people want this job too.

I’m lucky enough to work for a well known magazine. But how did I do this?

Blog:

It all started with my blog. Even when I was 14, I knew that I wanted to work in the field of journalism, I was the head of a new student magazine and, right after graduation, applied at a couple of radio stations.

I interned for a year at different radios, and learned a lot. I've already had to prove my commitment: Nightshifts, morning shows (getting up at 3 am) and incredible independent working was expected. Not a job for someone who „just goes with the flow“. I had to step out of my comfort zone but then collected a lot of professional work experience. My main jobs were: recording qutoes of people on the street, editing the recordings so they could go on-air, concert reports, research, writing the VIP-News.
Doing these internships, I kinda started my apprenticeship by accident – I also did it at these radiostations, since they were looking for someone by the time. After finishing my apprenticeship in the fields of marketing, I started as a project manager and – at the same time – took over the online blog of the radio. At the beginning the blog was only part of the radio’s website. That has been about five years ago.

Studies:

While working on the job (as described above), I noticed, that I really loved the field of fashion journalism. I have never even heard of that term, that’s way I started reading about how to learn more within this field. I stumbled upon the offer of of a school rather quickly, applied and got excepted. I stopped my marketing carreer and started taking courses in fashion journalism and media communication (officially, it’s not a college degree but an apprenticeship aswell). However, by now you can also get your bachelor’s degree). While „studying“, I made great contacts.

Internships:

Part of my studies was an internship at an editorial office of a magazine. I noticed that I loved working at a fashion editorial, my duties were a perfect supplement to what I did with my blog. They offered me an assistant job.

Assistance:

Fashion-Assistance – What’s that? It is a full-time job within the editorial and usually takes one to two years. In that time you’re mainly working with editors, ordering samples for PR-agencies (samples are the lastest fashion collection and you’re borrowing them from the agency, you’re accompanying shootings and visiting press-events). I just finished this assistance job. If you’re lucky, you are offered a job as an editor afterwards. But usually they work as a freelancer first– as a stylist for example. My assistance time was really intensive and I don't want to miss the kind of team I worked for.

Online-Editor:

Being an assistant, I was offered the position as an online-editor. I'm very thankful for that. By now, I've been in this job for five weeks. I love doing research for topics, writing about it and seeing it online just a few days later. Of course I can't tell you about my salary, but if you check out online-redakteur.biz, it's saying that online editors in Germany get around 3.000,00€ before taxes.

Resume

If you are interested in becoming a fashion journalist and still have questions, I'd love to answer them. Of course was all this my own personal way. There are a lot different ways to reach what you want and I also took a bit of a detour by starting at a radio and then in marketing. Generally speaking I advise you to do internships to take a good look at the job. Possibly before you're going to college. Everybody has a different view of jobs and I can only speak for myself. By being a fashion- journalist/blogger I definitely found my dreamjobs. I'm wishing you the best of luck whatever way you're taking.

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